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1 Million Pre-Orders for iPhone 4S in 24 hours

1 Million pre-orders for Apple newly announced iPhone 4S in just 24 hours.

This is crazy! It beats iPhone 4’s 600,000 pre-orders in the first 24hours!! Even as an Apple Fan Boy, I’m quite shocked that Apple has gotten such a good result, although iPhone 4S is almost like a speed bump and a camera upgrade.

Of course not to forget that Siri is quite a revolutionary intelligence voice assistant, but 1 million pre-orders is really a massive deal.

Check out Apple’s Press Info just released today:

iPhone 4S Pre-Orders Top One Million in First 24 Hours

CUPERTINO, California—October 10, 2011—Apple® today announced pre-orders of its iPhone® 4S have topped one million in a single day, surpassing the previous single day pre-order record of 600,000 held by iPhone 4. iPhone 4S is the most amazing iPhone yet, packed with incredible new features including Apple’s dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics; an all new camera with advanced optics; full 1080p HD resolution video recording; and Siri™, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking.

“We are blown away with the incredible customer response to iPhone 4S,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The first day pre-orders for iPhone 4S have been the most for any new product that Apple has ever launched and we are thrilled that customers love iPhone 4S as much as we do.”

iPhone 4S will be available at all 245 Apple retail stores in the US beginning at 8 a.m. local time on Friday, October 14. Every customer who buys an iPhone 4S at an Apple retail store will be offered free Personal Setup service, helping them customize their iPhone 4S by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store™ and more, so they’ll be up and running with their new iPhone before they leave the store.

iPhone 4S includes iOS 5, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features, and iCloud®, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that work seamlessly with your iPhone, iPad®, iPod touch®, Mac® or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices.

 

 


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!

 

 


Let’s talk iPhone. October 4 2011

Let’s talk iPhone.

Apple have finally sent out invitation to media for their October 4th Event – Let’s talk iPhone. Without much question, this event will be heavily focus on iPhone and iOS. The event will be held at 10am PT at Apple’s HQ Cupertino campus in California. Seems like most rumors got it correct.

Hardware Upgrades

So will we be seeing Dual-Core A5 Processer, 8mega-pixel camera, 1GB of ram? It seems to be a reasonable upgrade to me. A5 has been on iPad 2, and it really improves graphics performance by quite abit, 1GB ram is double on what we have now on iPhone 4, which will serve well for multi-tasking. iPhone 4’s 5mp camera is still one of the best smartphone camera around, with the upgrade to 8mp, they will point and shoot less attractive.

Talk?

Of course on iOS side, we have already seen alot of new improvement during the previous keynote, but it is rumored that Siri will be heavily integrated and will be named Assistant. Siri is a voice search technology that Apple recently acquired, so is that why it is called “Let’s talk iPhone?”

Let’s all stay tuned for the October 4 iPhone Event!

 


Vocre instantly translate your speech from 1 language to another! [Video]

Translate your speech instantly with Vocre

Vocre, an new iOS app, can instantly translate whatever you just said to your iPhone/iPad into another language. Pretty cool right? Using Nuance technology, Vocre will be able to translate your speech but needs data connectivity.

This apps should be very useful, when you are overseas in country which you don’t speak. This will not only allow you to understand what foreigners are speaking to you, conversation can flow via this app. But of cause the down side is the need of data network, which will most likely cost a bomb.

Demo Video below:

Vorce is free, and will be free for the first 10 translation. After which $0.99 will be charge for 10 translation and $8.99 for 100 translation. Try Vorce for free at iTunes App Store.

 


Smule’s MadPad is an very cool music app [Video]

Mix your own music with MadPad

Smule has always been very innovative in iOS’s musical app industry, they can be said to be the leading music apps creators for iOS. They recently came out with MadPad, a finger tapping music mix box on your iOS devices.

So what is MadPad about? It is an App, which displays 12 grid of rectangles, each can record video and sound. By tapping on each rectangle, you can record a video/sound. So with that 12 boxes, you will be able to tap and mix music. Pretty cool.

You won’t realise how cool is it before watching the demo below:

You can download MadPad on iPhone here @ $0.99 and MadPad HD for iPad @ $2.99



Adobe Carousel – Lightroom for iPad

Adobe Carousel

Adobe is unveiled an very cool iPad App – Carousel, almost like a Lightroom App for iPad. After watching their video, I can only say it is really very cool. Who knows it might replace Photo App in iPad?

From Adobe:

Adobe Carousel gives you a new way to enjoy your photos, making all of them available across your Mac and iOS devices, so you can browse, enhance, and share them easily. No manual syncing, no storage limits, no differences in what photos are available to you. Your photography is everywhere you are.

Wireless Sync, Cloud Storage, any devices

So, we will be able access our photo library from our Mac/PC from any iOS devices, including iPad and iPhone. There will be no need for us to do syncing or transfer photo manually, everything will be automatic and wirelessly. Sounds pretty cool right? It seems to be having some Lightroom features like filters, quick edit of photo like exposure, brightness and contracts.

Free download, but storage cost?

Carousel will be a free download from App Store and Mac App Store, but I think we got to pay for the “online cloud storage”. Let’s wait for more details once the App is launch. Although, asking me to pay for another cloud service is a bumper. How many cloud storage service should we have?!