Thursday, May 15, 2014

Xiaomi Releases 9.7" Mi Pad; observers do a double take

Xiaomi, in a media event today released the Mi Pad, a 7.9" tablet running Android. No news as to which version though.

Maybe it's just me. But it looks awfully like a successful product from Apple. More soon.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Grandstanding at Nubox; iPad Air on sale now

It's a familiar scene at Nubox. Getting people to queue outside while the store is empty. I

'm not sure what the wait is about. They should issue numbers and shoppers can go in to browse the cases while they wait.

Monday, October 28, 2013

UPDATED: Why I think streaming services will have a hard time in Singapore

Finally, services that Singaporeans used to dream about are slowly making their way to our shores. Apple's iTunes Music and iTunes Movies are 2 of the more prominent ones.

One other service is Spotify, the popular music streaming service that offers unlimited music streaming for a monthly fee (the desktop version is free, but you have to put up with ads being inserted in between songs). (Notes: Spotify is now free on all platforms).

And of course, Apple has recently introduced iTunes Radio and that will no doubt launch in Singapore in a matter of time. This service is free with no subscription needed but it also includes ads.

This should be something that I should be celebrating, but I'm not; and I'm not sure if more services will launch here that will be a success. Here are my reasons.

We used to have 12GB of data; so much so that most of us had trouble even using half of that. But since the telcos reduced that amount to just 1 miserable quarter of that, our streaming habits will have to die. With just 3GB of data to our plans and a whopping $10.70 per extra GB you exceed with Singtel, I'm not sure how many will stream music on the go without a care. I certainly won't. Since the telcos reduced the data cap, I find myself checking the amount of data I use very regularly to make sure I don't exceed it. I don't stream anything anymore, and I make sure I am on WIFI if I visit YouTube on my mobile.

Notes: Starhub recently announced their plans to charge 4G LTE users S$10.70 VAS fee, with the rest of the telcos mulling a decision to follow suit. Starhub withdrew this decision after an intervention by IDA.

Maybe it's just me, but I don't really agree with the telcos assertion that base on their research, most people don't exceed 3GB of data in a month. I would counter that people are using their data base on how much they have and not how much they need. In a nutshell, we are all rationing our data.

So with these restrictions, I am hard pressed to think that people will subscribe to streaming services and listen on their mobile phones on the go.

What do you think? Do you think streaming services will take off in a big way here? Comments below.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

iPad Air launches November 1 in Singapore with iPad Mini to follow; no TD-LTE bands

The new iPad called iPad Air will launch November 1 in Singapore and host of other countries including China, which Apple was very proud to announce. The iPad Mini with Retina Display will follow sometime later in November.

Which brings me to the Chinese question. When the iPhone 5S and 5C were released, the phones include TD-LTE bands that were presumably to get ready for the China Mobile launch of their specific LTE services.

But take a peek at the iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display specs and you will notice that bands 38, 39 and 40 (TD-LTE bands) are noticeably absent from these tablets. Since the iPad Air and Mini launch after the latest iPhones, could it be that the China Mobile deal didn't take off? Or that China Mobile just aren't ready to launch their LTE services in the near future?

We'll never know, but Apple is banking their fortunes on the Chinese market. As for me, the iPad Air looks impressive and weighs even less than the last generation iPad. And it also now includes LTE band 7 (2,600 Mhz) which 2 Singapore telcos use. If news sources is to be believed, the telcos use 2,600 Mhz at areas near coastal areas like beaches.

Will you be buying the new iPad Air or iPad Mini with Retina Display? Comment below.

Back on the Singapple beat

And...we're back!

But seriously, I apologise for the long hiatus from updating this blog. I have been busy with my day job, and some personal matters also kept me well away from writing about Apple technology.

I'll try to keep my updates and opinions regular and hope you will join me.


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

WWDC 2013 set for 10 June; iOS 7 set to take centre stage

It's official. The next WWDC will be on 10 June 2013, and Apple is not shy about talking about what they will be showing off: iOS 7 and the next OS X.

Apple this time has a different challenge on their hands. No more will Apple fans accept the same old UI that was created back in 2007. Throughout those years. Android and even Blackberry have moved on. Apple can no longer depend on the goodwill and blind devotion of its fans to stick to iOS forever. They have to do something different for their golden goose, the iPhone and they have to do it in iOS 7.

Which is why with the departure of Scott Forstall and Jony Ive taking over his job, iOS 7 will be one of the most anticipated iOS and I'm hopeful that UI wise, it's going to be vastly different from what we are used to in the last 5 years.

Do you agree? Comments below.

Friday, November 2, 2012

iPad Mini available in Singapore; minus the long queues

For those who remember both the iPad 2 and 3, today's release seems to be a yawner. No lines, no pushing and shouting. Just some hardcore fans gathering around the concessionaires and quietly buying their iPad Minis.

Did you buy your iPad Mini? Comment below!