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Apple iPhone 5c/5s launched in Singapore amidst global debut

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Customers in Singapore queued at the three TelcosSingTel, StarHub and M1 – as well as Apple Premium Resellers (eg. Nubox) as the new iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s became available today.

Update (20 September, 2013):

Added in photos of launch for StarHub, M1 and nubox. Also added in M1’s subscription plans.

First two customers in the SingTel queue John Yap (24, accountant) and Doreen Chua (24, auditor).

First two customers in the SingTel queue John Yap (24, accountant) and Doreen Chua (24, auditor). Photo credit: SingTel.

SingTel held its launch sale at the Marina Bay Sands Exhibition Hall E this morning at 8am although customers started queuing at 8pm last night.

Zhang HuanPu (left), 24 years old, had been queuing up outside StarHub Shop at Plaza Singapura since 5am this morning, even though the launch was only at 8am.

Zhang HuanPu (left), 24 years old, had been queuing up outside StarHub Shop at Plaza Singapura since 5am this morning, even though the launch was only at 8am. Photo credit: StarHub.

The iPhone 5s in gold was sold out within the first hour across all 10 StarHub shops.

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Apple announces new iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iOS7

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

One year to the day from the launch of the iPhone 5, Apple has announced the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, as well as the iOS7. 

The new iPhones will arrive on next Friday, 20 September in 9 countries, including Singapore, Hong Kong and China.

The new iPhone 5s (left) and iPhone 5c.

The new iPhone 5s (left) and iPhone 5c.

Both the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c sport a 4-inch Retina display.

With all the “leakages” that preceded the announcement, there were hardly any surprises – except for the pricing, which seemed on the high side of market expectations.

Pricing in Singapore

Prices below are without contract but inclusive of GST.

Model iPhone 5s iPhone 5c
16GB S$988 S$848
32GB S$1,148 S$988
64GB S$1,288
Cases S$58 S$42

Both the two new iPhone models will be available from the Apple Online Store, and through SingTel, M1, StarHub and select Apple Authorised Resellers.

iPhone 5s cases will be available in beige, black, blue, brown, yellow and red while the iPhone 5c cases will be available in blue, green, pink, yellow, black and white.

A new iPhone 4S 8GB model will also be available for S$588 inc GST.

Where is the iPhone 5c targeted

Many has associated the “c” in the iPhone 5c to stand for “cheap” and targeted for the lower-priced market segment – since it is priced slightly less than the iPhone 5s.

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TODAY! Mountain Lion available from Mac App Store

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

The ninth major release of Apple’s desktop operating system is now available as a download from the Mac App Store. Mountain Lion is available as an upgrade from Lion or Snow Leopard for S$25.98.

Mountain Lion OS X, Apple's new desktop operating system is available for download today.

Mountain Lion OS X, Apple’s new desktop operating system is available for download today.

Mountain Lion features more than 200 new features, including iCloud integration, the all new Messages app, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, Facebook integration, Dictation, AirPlay Mirroring and Game Center.

Pricing & Availability

OS X Mountain Lion is available from the Mac App Store for S$25.98.

Mountain Lion requires Lion or Snow Leopard (OS X v10.6.8 or later), 2GB of memory and 8GB of available space.

A complete list of system requirements and compatible systems can be found here.

OS X Server requires Mountain Lion and is available from the Mac App Store for S$25.98.

The OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date upgrade is available at no additional charge from the Mac App Store to all customers who purchased a qualifying new Mac system from Apple or an Apple Authorised Reseller on or after 11 June, 2012.

Below are some of these key new features.

  • iCloud integration, for easy set up of your Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Messages, Reminders and Notes, and keeping everything, including iWork documents, up to date across all your devices.
  • The new Messages app, which replaces iChat and brings iMessage to the Mac, so you can send messages to anyone with an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or another Mac.
  • Notification Center, which streamlines the presentation of notifications and provides easy access to alerts from Mail, Calendar, Messages, Reminders, system updates and third party apps.
  • System-wide Sharing, to make it easy to share links, photos, videos and other files quickly without having to switch to another app, and you just need to sign in once to use third-party services like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Vimeo.
  • Facebook integration, so you can post photos, links and comments with locations right from your apps, automatically add your Facebook friends to your Contacts, and even update your Facebook status from within Notification Center.
  • Dictation, which allows you to dictate text anywhere you can type, whether you’re using an app from Apple or a third party developer.
  • AirPlay Mirroring, an easy way to wirelessly send an up-to-1080p secure stream of what’s on your Mac to an HDTV using Apple TV, or send audio to a receiver or speakers that use AirPlay.
  • Game Center, which brings the popular social gaming network from iOS to the Mac so you can enjoy live, multiplayer games with friends whether they’re on a Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
  • The new Gatekeeper, which makes downloading software from the Internet safer.
  • Power Nap, which automatically updates your apps and system while your Mac is asleep.
  • A faster Safari browser.

Numbers from Apple’s WWDC 2012

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

As usual, Apple has revealed a slew of statistics to illustrate how it is leading the field. Here are some of the more interesting numbers from WWDC 2012.

Apple and WWDC 2012 in numbers

Apple and WWDC 2012 in numbers

There are now  650,000 apps in the App Store, out of which 225,000 are specific to the iPad.

In its four years of existence, 30 billion apps have been downloaded from Apple’s App Store, with US$5 billion for all app sales.

There are 400 million iTunes accounts with credit card. 140 million iMessage users send > 1 billion messages a day.

There are 365 million iOS devices out there, with 80% of these on the current latest iOS 5.

Apple contrast this with the Android’s profile, where slightly less than three-quarters of Android devices are still on Android 2.3.

To date, 26 million copies of Lion OS have been sold. Overall, there are 66 million Mac users.

First Apple WWDC 2012 without Steve Jobs

Monday, June 11th, 2012

A year ago, Steve Jobs made his last appearance at an Apple WWDC. This year, Tim Cook helms his first WWDC as Apple’s CEO.

Apple's WWDC 2012 is from 11-15 June in San Francisco.

Apple's WWDC 2012 is from 11-15 June in San Francisco.

The annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this year is being held from June 11 – 15 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. Tickets were sold out in a mere two hours when it went on sale in April.

Here’s a quick roundup of some of the revelations from the opening keynote presentation on first of the 5-day conference.

MacBooks / OS X Mountain Lion

Refreshed MacBook Air & Next-generation MacBook Pro ships today.
In comes Ivy Bridge processor and USB 3.0, out goes Ethernet and FireWire 800 ports, MacBook Air becomes thinner and lighter, MacBook Pro gets 60% faster graphics performance.
Retina display in MacBooks: 220ppi with 2880 x 1800 resolution.
Highest-resolution notebook display in the world.
Retina Display support: Final Cut Pro, Aperture and Diablo3 now supports 220ppi display.
AutoCad and Photoshop support in the works.
iPad-style Dictation is introduced to Mountain Lion for Macs.
Speak directly into native Apple software, Microsoft Word and Facebook.
AirPort Express available now.
Pocket WiFi router supports simultaneous dual-band.
New OS X feature: Power Nap.
Mac updates emails, notifications and photos, and backs itself up while charging.
OS X Mountain Lion available on Macs in July.
Free upgrade for new Mac purchases between now and arrival of the new OS.

iOS 6

iOS 6 unveiled Beta today, full release in the fall.
More than 200 improvements: launch apps with enhanced Siri, and it comes to iPads, FaceTime over cellular data.
Supported: iPhone 3GS and up, 2nd gen iPads and up, 4th gen iPod touch.
Enhanced Siri launches apps and comes to new iPads and eventually into cars.
Siri to get into the car with Eyes Free: demo: Toggle Siri on by tapping a button the steering wheel.
iOS 6 to get Do Not Disturb feature from Mountain Lion.
Select which push notifications to mute and which to stay on.
iOS 6 integrates more tightly with Facebook, Twitter and App Store.
Share directly from core apps like Maps, Photos and Safari.
Safari offers unified search across the web, browser history and bookmarks.
Following in Chrome’s footsteps.
iCloud Tabs syncs Safari web-browsing across all devices.
Simultaneously see all the tabs open on any device.“IOS 6 will include Apple’s own mobile mapping software to compete with software from Google. TomTom will supply Apple with map data and related content.” – statement from TomTom.
Enhanced Safari features.
Multitouch to help navigate tabs, upload images directly, Offline Reading List.
Passbook provides one-stop purchase of tickets and boarding passes.
No more paper QR-codes and tickets.
Apple replaces Google Maps with own Maps app.
Maps comes with Yelp integration and turn-by-turn navigation, and 3D.

Steve Jobs unveils Apple’s new Mac OS, iOS 5 and iCloud at WWDC 2011

Monday, June 6th, 2011

As planned, Steve Jobs – who is currently on a medical leave of absence from Apple – made an appearance to host the WWDC 2011. He unveiled the personally unveiled iCloud and left the briefing on Mac OS X Lion and iOS 5 to his staff.

The 5-day Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2011 is being held at San Francisco.

Steve Jobs put in an appearance at WWDC 2011 to unveil iCloudiCloud

Steve Jobs personally unveiled the much anticipated iCloud services from Apple. The set of free cloud services promises to work seamlessly with applications on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to automatically and wirelessly store a user’s content in iCloud and again automatically and wirelessly push it to all of the same user’s devices. When anything changes on any one of the devices, all of the user’s other devices are wirelessly updated almost instantly.

The iCloud beta and Cloud Storage APIs are available immediately to iOS and Mac Developer Program members at developer.apple.com. iCloud will be available this autumn concurrently with iOS 5.

New iCloud services from AppleUsers can sign up for iCloud for free on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 5 or a Mac running Mac OS X Lion with a valid Apple ID. iCloud includes 5GB of free cloud storage for Mail, Document Storage and Backup. Purchased music, apps, books and Photo Stream do not count against the storage limit. iTunes Match will be available for US$24.99 per year (US only).

iOS 5

iOS 5 for Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touchScott Forstall – Apple’s senior vice president of iOS – paraded 10 of the promised 200 new features for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

Main new features include: Notification Center, a new way to easily view and manage notifications in one place without interruption; iMessage, a new messaging service that lets users easily send text messages, photos and videos between all iOS devices; Newsstand, a new way to purchase and organise a user’s newspaper and magazine subscriptions; and PC Free feature, where iOS 5 users can activate and set up their iOS device right out of the box and get software updates over the air with no computer required.

iOS 5 beta software and SDK are available nowThe iOS 5 beta software and SDK are available immediately for iOS Developer Program members at developer.apple.com. iOS 5 will be available as a free software update for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, iPad, iPod touch (fourth generation) and iPod touch (third generation) this autumn.

Mac OS X Lion

Mac OS X LionPhilip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, briefed WWDC 2011 attendees on the eighth major release of Apple’s desktop operating system, which features more than 250 new features and 3,000 new developer APIs.

Main new features of the Mac OS X Lion includes: new Multi-Touch gestures; system-wide support for full screen apps; Mission Control, an innovative view of everything running on your Mac; Launchpad, a new home for all your apps; and a completely redesigned Mail app. The Mac App Store will now be built right into the OS.

Mac OS X LionMac OS X Lion will be available in July as an upgrade to Mac OS X version 10.6 Snow Leopard from the Mac App Store for US$29.99. At about 4GB, it is the size of an HD movie from the iTunes Store. Mac OS X Lion Server requires Lion and will be available in July from the Mac App Store for US$49.99.

Firefox 4 breaks its predecessor’s first 24-hr download record

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

The pent-up demand arising from the delay of its launch from November last year has resulted in a whopping 8.75 million downloads in the first 24-hours following its launch earlier this week on March 22.

It easily trounced the 2.35 million downloads that Internet Explorer 9 garnered in the first 24-hours of its launch just a week prior.

Firefox 4 is downloaded 8.75 times within first 24 hours

The number of Firefox 4 downloads in the first 24 hours surpassed the previous record set by Firefox 3 when the predecessor captured a cool 8 million downloads during the first 24 hours after its launch in June 2008.
Firefox 4 is available on Windows, Mac OS and Linux. It supports Windows XP while IE9 doesn’t. Many observers see that as the main reason why it has drawn more than 3 times the number of downloads that IE9 recorded in its first 24 hours.

Windows XP accounts for more than 61 percent of all windows-based machines that went online in February, according to web metrics firm Net Applications.

While Mozilla has chided Microsoft for leaving Windows XP users stuck with the two-and-a-half year old IE8, the latter supports only Windows 7, Vista and Windows Server based PCs because it wants to leverage the more advanced technology available in these newer operating systems and does not want IE9 to be constrained by the older technology in 10-year-old Windows XP.

In the meantime, visit http://glow.mozilla.org/ for a live status of the number of Firefox 4 downloads worldwide.

And for some statistics of the market share of the various browsers, checkout this wikipedia page. Below are some download statistics updated from my earlier posting for the IE9 launch:

Browser/
App/
Plug-in
Claimed downloads Time period Launch Date
Mozilla Firefox 4.0 8.75 1 day Mar 2011
Mozilla Firefox 3.0 8 million 1 day Jun 2008
Opera 11 6.7 million 1 day Dec 2010
IE 9 2.35 million 1 day Mar 2011
Apple Safari 4.0 6 million 3 days Jun 2009
IE9 beta 2 million 2 days Sep 2010
IE8 beta 1.3 million 5 days Aug 2008
Angry Birds 5 million 1 month Dec 2010
Mac App Store 1 million 1 day Jan 2011
Nokia Ovi 3 million Daily Ongoing
Adobe Flash Player 8 million Daily Ongoing

IE9 downloads vs the rest of the world

Friday, March 18th, 2011
Microsoft has claimed that Internet Explorer 9 has been downloaded 2.35 million times in the first 24 hours since its official release on Monday night. This ranks it behind Firefox and Opera but ahead of Safari.

Mozilla Firefox 3 was fastest off the block when it clocked 8 million downloads in the first 24 hours after its launch in June 2008. Next was Opera 11 with 6.7 million downloads in the first day after launch in December 2010.

Both browsers were ahead of Internet Explorer 9 in terms of number of downloads in the first 24 hours.

Following behind was Apple’s Safari which reached 6 million downloads but only after three days. Data for Chrome were unavailable.

The above statistics were compiled by Gavin Clarke of The Register and based on claims by the companies themselves without any means of external verification.

I have summarised the compilation below. Also included are downloads statistics for Angry Birds, the Mac App Store, Nokia Ovi store and the all-time-favourite – Adobe Flash Player.

Browser/
App/
Plug-in
Claimed downloads Time period Launch Date
Mozilla Firefox 3.0 8 million 1 day Jun 2008
Opera 11 6.7 million 1 day Dec 2010
IE 9 2.35 million 1 day 14 Mar 2011
Apple Safari 4.0 6 million 3 days Jun 2009
IE9 beta 2 million 2 days Sep 2010
IE8 beta 1.3 million 5 days Aug 2008
Angry Birds 5 million 1 month Dec 2010
Mac App Store 1 million 1 day Jan 2011
Nokia Ovi 3 million Daily Ongoing
Adobe Flash Player 8 million Daily Ongoing