So far, two well-known retailers have confirmed the availability of the new iPad Air at their outlets starting from today onwards. It doesn’t end with them though as here is yet another retailer that consumers are able to visit to obtain their iPad Air today.
Announced through their Facebook page, the company stated the new tablet are available at all of their branches throughout the country. Just like previous two retailers, Mac City also didn’t provide any information regarding the pricing for iPad Air.
Then again, you can choose to refer to this listing by Maxis at the time being while waiting for Apple to officially announce iPad Air’s pricing via their online store later today. Meanwhile, do head on to Mac City’s Facebook page right over here if you have further questions about the release of iPad Air at their outlets.
[Source: Mac City @ Facebook]
While two retailers so far (with more definitely to come) have revealed that the new Apple iPad Air will be made available at their stores later today, both of them didn’t reveal the actual pricing for the new tablet. No explanations were given but we believe it is due to the fact that Apple Malaysia’s online store have yet to reveal the pricing themselves.
However, we have managed to learn the retail pricing for the 4G version of the tablet thanks to Maxis who have published their postpaid plans for iPad Air just a short moment ago. Apparently, the new iPad Air 4G is priced at RM 2049 for 16GB, RM 2299 for 32GB and RM 2649 for 64GB. No mention of the 128GB variant though.
As for the Maxis SurfMore plans itself, customers are able to obtain the new iPad Air through it for as low as RM 1449 for a 16GB model under the SurfMore75 plan. Here is a helpful chart to put things into perspective:
So, what do you think of the price?
Here’s yet another retailer that have publicly confirmed the availability of the Apple iPad Air starting from today onwards. Switch, who have 21 branches throughout country, have confirmed this fact via their official Facebook page just moments ago.
However, the iPad Air will not be available at all 21 branches. According to the announcement poster as shown above, the new tablet will only be released at selected outlets. Then again, we are still waiting for Switch to actually list down those outlets. Additionally, Switch also didn’t reveal the actual pricing for the new tablet but they did pointed out that the pricing will be made know later in the morning.
Do stay tuned for more updates as we track more locations for you to obtain the brand new Apple iPad Air in just few hours time.
After all those RoI pages and teasers, the day have finally come: Apple iPad Air is now available in Malaysia. Among many retailers that are already geared up to welcome all
fanboys customers that are planning to purchase the spanking new tablet is then well-known electronic chain store senQ.
In fact, you can visit any of the senQ Digital Stations below which are located throughout the country to obtain the new iPad Air:
- IOI Mall, Selangor
- 1 Utama, Selangor
- Leisure Mall, Kuala Lumpur
- Sunway Carnival Mall, Penang
- Gurney Plaza, Penang
- Aeon Bukit Indah, Johor
- Aeon Tebrau City, Johor
- CityOne Megamall, Sarawak
- Miri Bintang Plaza, Sarawak
- Kompleks Karamunsing, Sabah
According to our friends at senQ, both WiFi and LTE variants of the tablet are obtainable from these stores. In terms of storage, all four options – 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128 GB – will be available as well. Not to forget, customers can choose to have the tablet in either Space Grey or Silver. In conjunction with the launch, senQ will also be offering selected iPad Air casing at half price. However, senQ didn’t provide the pricing to us at the time this article was written.
As usual, senQ’s Plus One members will be able to obtain extra one year warranty for their new iPad Air. Customers are able to purchase the new Apple iPad Air at the selected senQ Digital Stations above starting from today, 5 December at 10:30am onwards. For more details or to connect directly with senQ, head on to their official Facebook page right over here.
YTL Communications (or more fondly known as Yes 4G) and Intel Malaysia earlier today have officially announced their brand new partnership which will see the introduction of 4G-integrated devices in the educational sector – specifically, the 1BestariNet program. While both parties have no roll out schedule to share during the press conference earlier today, Intel have mentioned that the 4G-integrated devices will be laptops and tablets that are running on Android or Chrome OS.
In theory, this partnership brings together a lot of great things on the table for both parties. For example, it allows Intel – who have always been interested in educational sector through our programs such as ISEF and many more – to be involved in the 1BestariNet which is a large-scale, national-level project involving more than 10,000 schools throughout the country.
As for Yes 4G, they have just got themselves yet another strong technology partner – not that they are lacking of them especially with Google, Samsung and many more are already at their side. To put things into perspective, Intel are able to provide pretty much almost anything that Yes 4G need for their service from processors for devices of multiple form factors to WiMAX as well as LTE chips.
Let’s not kid ourselves though: this partnerships is still at its infancy, to say the least. Anything could happen along the way but in my humble opinion, this newly announced partnership between Yes 4G and Intel Malaysia certainly have the potential to grow if they able to navigate it in the right direction.
When MCMC announced LTE’s 2600MHz spectrum allocation around a year ago, YTL Communications or more known to consumers as Yes 4G was one of the eight companies in the list. So far, they have yet to roll out any LTE-based service to consumers but that might change next year though as Dato’ Yeoh Seok Hong, the Executive Director of YTL Communications have stated that the company’s LTE network will be launched in 2014.
The revelation was made at the YTL Communications and Intel joint announcement which took place earlier today. However, Dato’ Yeoh didn’t provide any exact launch date or timeline for the roll out of LTE under Yes 4G. Nevertheless, he did pointed out that users will barely notice the differences as their Yes 4G connection will fall back to WiMAX in situations where LTE network is not available.
Truth to be told, this is actually not the first time that Yes 4G have listed 2014 as their LTE year. The company’s CEO, Wing K. Lee have stated in an interview back in May that “4G-LTE is a 2014 story”. He also has pointed out in another interview that Yes 4G will continue to use WiMAX alongside LTE. Additionally, the company will also continue using Yes ID as a master identity which altogether are in line with Dato’ Yeoh’s description above.
In conclusion, it seems like LTE main role for Yes 4G is to supplement the company’s existing capabilities to deliver high speed wireless broadband to users through WiMAX. That being said, I do believe that Yes 4G will add variety of services to take advantage of their LTE network once it is fully deployed in 2014.
The next generation USB connector is set to be significantly smaller from current USB connectors and will also be reversible, following in the footsteps of Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector. The new connector will be known as Type-C, and while there aren’t any reference images of the new connector just yet, the final design and specification may be finalized as early as mid-2014.
The introduction of Type-C USB connectors, which is said to be around the same size as a microUSB connector, is a much-sought after one, as more smaller and thinner devices using existing microUSB connectors are introduced to the market. Apple ditched its old proprietary connector in favour for the thinner Lighting connectors for this exact reason. In addition, making the next generation USB connector reversible will also negate the issues that arise when a USB device is plugged in upside-down.
And, just like Lightning, the introduction of a new connector means that Type-C USB connectors will no longer be backwards compatible, unlike previous USB iterations. However, this will still be seen as a necessary evil, and to counter the countless numbers of USB ports and chargers that will be rendered obsolete when Type-C debuts, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group will also be required to provide guidelines on developing Type-C adaptors to fit them into current USB ports, and vice versa.
(Source: The Verge)
*Readers should be aware that the camera that was passed to us was not a production model, and therefore prevented a full review of its capabilities. It is because of this that the photographs taken are not shown.
Android powered cameras are still very much a novelty. Samsung was quite successful in this aspect last year with the Galaxy Camera. It represented a logical step in the mobile market, and oddly enough it wasn’t picked up by anyone else; despite the obvious customer interest.
The Galaxy NX is the second iteration of the Android camera, and attempts to do far more than its predecessor. Instead of the fixed lens of the point-and-shoot focussed first generation, the Galaxy NX uses a changeable lens and appears to be catering for the pro-sumer market.
More after the break.