Monthly Archives: October 2011

AppleCares+ now covers accidental damages!

Somehow I feel this news is as exciting as Apple’s new iPhone 4S. AppleCare+ for iPhone now covers up to 2 accidental damages on top of the usual AppleCare warranty. But you have to pay Apple additional USD$49 for each accident on top of the $99 AppleCare+. Although it seems to have a catch, but I’m pretty sure it is still much cheaper than you replacing a brand new iPhone, if you accidentally dropped your iPhone and smashed the back.

Here’s the full Description:

Every iPhone comes with one year of hardware repair coverage and 90 days of telephone technical support. AppleCare+ for iPhone extends repair coverage and technical support to two years from the original purchase date of your iPhone and adds coverage for up to two incidents of accidental damage due to handling, each subject to a $49 service fee. With AppleCare+ for iPhone, Apple experts can help troubleshoot issues over the phone or at an Apple Retail Store. They’ll answer questions about iOS, Apple iPhone apps such as Mail, iMessage, and Calendar, and help you solve interconnectivity issues between your iPhone and Mac or PC. And if your iPhone needs service under the plan, Apple technical support representatives can even set up a repair during the same call.

 

 


iPhone 4S, Siri and iCloud Video

Apple introduced iPhone 4S, iOS5, iCloud and their new voice intelligent assistant Siri. What I feel that is iPhone 4S is not a major upgrade from the hardware point of view, except for the camera, but software is a crazy shift.

iCloud

Looks at iOS 5’s features, there is notification system updates and iCloud. So what’s iCloud? iCloud sync and update all your data to all your devices, from iPhone to iPad to Macs. So you can virtually work on iPhone, switch to iPad to update and edit them on your Macbook Pro before sending them for printing. You can take a picture on your iPhone, and it magically appears on your iPad and iMac.

Check out the iCloud demo video:

Siri

If you think iCloud is impressive? Check out Siri. Siri is Apple’s Smart Voice Assistant which can help you send text messenges, schedule meetings, check weather, set reminders and many many more.

You won’t know how cool it is until you watch the demo video below:

iPhone 4S

Lastly, Apple’s iPhone 4S video:


iPhone 4S will be in Singapore on 28 October 2011

 

Apple iPhone 4S will be available in Singapore with all 3 carriers, SingTel, Starhub and M1 on 28th October 2011. In recent years, people in Singapore are very lucky to be one of the first few countries to get new iPhones. No pricing for iPhone 4S is announced yet, but it should be very close to our current iPhone 4 pricing, which is $888 for 16GB, without contract.

So what’s new in iPhone 4S?

  • A5 Processor same as what we have in iPad 2
  • Support CMDA and GSM, although it won’t matter to us in Singapore as we are all GSM network
  • 14.4Mbps HSDPA
  • 8Mega pixel Camera, with backside illuminated senor which will allow you to take better low light pictures

As for now, it seems like Siri will not be available in Singapore just yet, let’s see how it goes.

 


Let’s talk iPhone Summary

iOS 5 will be release on 12 October 2011! It will be free for all devices, and will be available on iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, iPad iPod touch (4th gen and 3rd gen).

Find my friends App

  Find my friends is a new App which Apple developed to help you location your friends & family. You can temporary share your location, privacy controls and parental restrictions. So it is a virtual children stalking app for parents! Pretty interesting.

iPod Nano

iPod Nano will be available for $129 for 8GB and $149 for 16GB. New iPod Nano navigates easier, track your walks and runs with the nike interface, new clock faces and is more affordable than ever!

iPod Line up

New iPod touch looks very similar to iPhone 4, now you will get white iPod touch too. iPod touch starts at $199 for 8GB, $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB. Nothing much has been updated for iPod touch from what we can see. iPod Shuffle will be $49 for 2GB. We don’t see any classic, so it might be killed.

iPhone 4S

iPhone 4S that’s it. Not iPhone 5 like some called it. Inside iPhone 4S, A5 chip will be in it, it is the same chip that we already have in iPad 2. It is 7 times faster graphics than A4 chip. Dual core processor, 2X faster CPU and 7 times faster graphics that we will get from A5 chip on iPhone 4S.

Battery Life on iPhone 4S

iPhone 4S’s battery life chart seems be almost similar to what we have on iPhone 4. Don’t think there are a much improvement from iPhone 4. But I have no complains for iPhone’s 4 Battery life.

Max Data Speeds(HSDPA) for iPhone 4S

It seems like there is an upgrade to the data speed for iPhone 4S, downlink will now max up at 14.4 and uplink at 7.2mbps.

iPhone 4S – World Phone

iPhone 4S is a World Phone, meaning you can be on CDMA and GSM network on this phone. Pretty cool for those who travel and those who live in CDMA + GSM networked countries like USA. For us in Singapore, it doesn’t really matter for us. Haha.

iPhone 4S Camera Upgrades

I think the most interesting upgrades for iPhone 4S is the camera! In the comparison, iPhone 4S can take photos within 1.1 seconds trashing most smartphone out in the market. What is more important than speed to capture the moment you want right? iPhone 4S’s camera is 8mega pixel, 73% more lights, take macro photos, 1080HD video recordings, video image stabilization and temporal noise reduction. Pretty interesting upgrade, I think camera manufacturers will be greatly affected by such a good camera in your smartphone.

Siri Voice Intelligence Assistant

Siri is an intelligence assistant that you can talk to from your iPhone. You can talk and Siri will response and do things for you like setting alarm, finding out restaurants, checking weather and so on. Not only that, Siri actually will read you your messages, and you can reply just by talking to it.

Siri will read messages sent, and you can reply to the message just by talking to it.

Hmm.. Siri is not just a voice service, but it is also integrated with Wolfram Alpha, now it is not just assistant, but it has intelligence.

You can ask Siri things like, “Siri, how many days till Christmas?” It will reply in the below:

Pretty cool technology, I’m not sure if this Siri feature will be in iPhone 4S. I really hope so.

Siri uses data to process all those information, thus it will require either 3G or Wi-Fi.

iPhone 4S Pricing

iPhone 4S $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB.

iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 will still be available for sale, $99 for 8GB iPhone 4 and Free with contract for iPhone 3GS.

 

iPhone 4S will be available for pre-order at October 7 and will be available for sale in US on 14th October. For the rest of the world ( 70 countries), we will be getting iPhone 4S by December. So I think Singapore is also part of the 70 countries.

Singapore will be getting iPhone 4S by 28 October!

Overall, I feel that is feels like a yearly update. Nothing much special, only the camera upgrades and Siri interest me. Seems like the next iPhone, iPhone 5 will be the phone we are all waiting for. Let’s stay tuned for more information!

 

 


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