How-To: Fix iMessage Bug that Prevent Android Phone Receiving SMS

Deregister iMessage
Deregister iMessage
Deregister iMessage

Last year I switch my smartphone from iPhone 4S to HTC One M8 (read my review here) and I never look back since then. I am a happy Android phone user now and I do not miss iPhone.

There was an “iMessage bug” that puzzle me for some time, though. Ever since I switched to Android phone, I no longer receive SMS or text message sent from other contacts who are using iPhone. All their messages were still sent to my old iPhone.

Apple recommends you to turn off iMessage before switch to a non-Apple phone following steps below:

  1. Put SIM card into your (old) iPhone
  2. Goto Settings.
  3. Tap Messages.
  4. Turn iMessage ‘off’. Go back to Settings.
  5. Tap FaceTime.
  6. Turn FaceTime ‘off’. Exit Settings.

It will take sometimes for the settings to take effect. Some users reported that the trick does not work. Also, what if you no longer have your iPhone (sold or lost)?

Starting from November 2014, Apple has a dedicated page to Deregister iMessage for those ex-iPhone users to deregister from iMessage.

deregister iMessage phone number
deregister iMessage phone number

Simply enter your phone number, then enter the confirmation code send to your phone number via SMS. It will then deregister your number from iMessage.

After deregistration, other iPhone users will send text messages to you as SMS, which you can receive on a non-iPhone phone.

Visit Deregister iMessage

21 New Features of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Compare to iPhone 5S

Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now official. Besides the bigger phone sizes, what are new about iPhone 6 comparing to iPhone 5S? Read on to learn about all the new iPhone 6 features.

(If not specified, “iPhone 6” in this article is referring to both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models)

Hardware & Design

iPhone 6 design
iPhone 6 design
  1. iPhone 6 is powered by latest and fastest Apple 64-bit A8 chip with M8 motion coprocessor for even better performance.
  2. Available in 3 different storage size: 16GB, 64GB and new 128GB. 32GB option is no longer available.

  3. iPhone 6 is Apple’s biggest smartphone ever. iPhone 6 is 4.7″ display and 5.5″ for iPhone 6 Plus. iPhone 6 Plus is also the first iPhone with Full HD resolution (1920×1080 pixels at 401 ppi), or Retina HD as Apple preferred.

4. Dual Domain Pixels for wider viewing angle. Display also has higher contrast ratio.

5.With the larger size, Apple moves the iPhone 6’s power/sleep & wake up button to the right edge as oppose to top side in previous generations.

6.Bigger iPhone 6 now display apps in 4 columns x 6 rows grids. Display Zoom will increase app icon size to display only 5 rows of apps.

Digital Zoom feature (right) found in iPhone 6
Digital Zoom feature (right) for iPhone 6 (pic: onemorething.nl)

7. Reachability allows you to still use bigger iPhone 6 with one hand. It can be activated by double tapping (not double-press) on the Home button (Touch ID sensor). The upper part of the screen will drop down to be reached by your thumb. (GIF)

iPhone 6 Reachability demo
iPhone 6 Reachability demo (pic: geek.com)

8.iPhone 6 supports 20 LTE bands. It will work with almost every LTE networks in the World.

9.Support Voice over LTE (VoLTE) — make calls using 4G data network — provided your telco enable it.

10.iPhone 6 supports NFC for wireless device communication by tapping each other. (Only in U.S.) You can use Apple Pay to make payments using iPhone 6’s NFC and Touch ID.

11.iPhone 6 build-in barometer sensor for measuring atmospheric pressure. It can be used in weather forecasting and determining altitude.

12.Bigger iPhone size comes with bigger battery thus better battery life. iPhone 6 Plus has up to 4 hours more battery life than iPhone 5S. iPhone 6 has up to 2 hours more battery life than iPhone 5S on 3G Internet use.

Cameras and video

iPhone 6 camera
iPhone 6 camera

13.While iPhone 6 back-facing camera is still 8MP resolution, the sensor now feature Focus Pixels for better and faster autofocus.

14.You also take sharper photos using iPhone 6. Thanks to the Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) in iPhone 6 Plus and Auto Image Stabilization (take 4 burst photos then calculate into one sharp photo) of iPhone 6.

15.Able to shoot 1080p HD video at 60 fps, 240 fps slow motion video at 720p, as well as time-lapse video (fast-forwarding-like video clips, opposite of slow motion video).

16.Continuous autofocus video make sure your object is always in focus in your video.

17.Front-facing camera is still 1.2MP (1280×960 pixels) but aperture increase from F/2.4 to F/2.2 — 81% more light capture.

18.Front-facing camera supports selfie “burst mode” to take up to 10 photos per second.

19.iPhone 6 cameras has better face detection. Both front- and back-facing cameras can recognizes faces faster and more accurately, even those farther away or in a crowd.

20.iPhone 6 could take higher resolution panorama photos up to 43 Megapixels.

21.Cinematic video stabilization enable to take steady video shots.

Thoughts

As you seen from the list above, Apple focus a lot on the camera features. Apple has to convince customers that iPhone 6 cameras, while keeping the same pixel count, will produce better photos and videos — same thing HTC is doing for 4MP UltraPixel camera.

Bigger iPhone 6 has better battery life but it is only 2 to 4 hours more than iPhone 5S. You still have to charge the bigger iPhone daily and bring a power bank as backup.

Glad to see iPhone supports NFC, finally. The NFC contactless payment has been around for Android devices sometime but the adoption rate is low. Currently, NFC mostly used for pairing wireless devices, smartphone automation, and NFC tags. Hopefully, iPhone with NFC will boost the adoption of NFC technology.

Without 32GB storage option, you have to buy either 16GB or 64GB. 16GB is not recommended because your apps, photos, and videos will fill up all the storage space in no time. Remember, iPhone 6 does not support external memory card.

You should buy 64GB or 128GB version. The latter is a good news for people who store movies and music collection, and never move photos & videos out of iPhone.

Frankly, iPhone 6 is not innovative. Yes, it is doing what other Android manufacturers already did few years ago. But iPhone customers do not care, they get what they want — bigger screen display, longer battery life, better camera, and a smartphone that will works smoothly out of the box.

What say you? Are you buying iPhone 6? Why?

P.S. Did I miss out any new iPhone 6  feature? Please add in the comment.

Malaysia iPad Air and iPad mini 2 Coming from Celcom, DiGi, Maxis

iPadAir-iPadMini

iPad Air and iPad mini 2

Malaysia main telcos – Celcom, DiGi, Maxis – updated their websites to add iPad Air and iPad mini with retina display (iPad mini 2) to their list of mobile devices. Pre-registration open now, except Maxis.

Celcom (iPad air, iPad mini 2) and DiGi are now accepting register of interest for both two latest tablets from Apple. Maxis does not have pre-registeration, only says on the website “Plans & pricing coming soon”.

While none of the telcos unveil the iPad Air and iPad mini 2 price and release date, sources say that Celcom will unveil iPad Air plans on December 9th, 2013. It is safe to assume other telcos will follow the same iPad release date.

The rule of thumb is that “you can always buy new iPad before Christmas of the year.” Hohoho! :)

About iPad Air and iPad mini 2

iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display (iPad mini 2) are two new iPad models in 2013 that had been released on November 1st and November 12th in the 1st batch countries.

iPad Air is lighter, slimmer and more powerful (A7 chip) than iPad 4th generation. Price in US starts from $499.

iPad mini 2 is the 2nd generation of the smaller iPad, now with 7.9-inch retina display and powered by the same A7 chip with M7 motion coprocessor found in iPad Air. Price starts from $399 in US.

Do you buy iPad Air or iPad mini 2? Why? Please tell us in the comment.

You Can Now Buy iPhone 5S Gold on Malaysia Apple Store

Buy iPhone 5S Gold on Malaysia Apple Store

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Malaysia Apple Store iPhone 5S 5C

Apple iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C was officially released in Malaysia on 31st October 2013. Though Apple Malaysia online store listed the new iPhone models online a week before official launch date, they are not immediately available for online purchase at 12 midnight like the local telcos.

As far as I noticed, Apple Malaysia store start accepting online order in the early morning on 1st November 2013.

Now you can buy iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C online at Malaysia Apple Store with free shipping. Yes, you can buy iPhone 5S GOLD online.

Buy iPhone 5S Gold on Malaysia Apple Store
Buy iPhone 5S Gold on Malaysia Apple Store

However, iPhone 5S shipping time is 2–3 weeks (read: out of stock). iPhone 5C, on the other hand, will be shipped in 1–3 business days.

Again, here is the official iPhone 5S and 5C prices:

  • iPhone 5S 16GB – RM 2,399
  • iPhone 5S 32GB – RM 2,749
  • iPhone 5S 64GB – RM 3,149
  • iPhone 5C 16GB – RM 1,999
  • iPhone 5C 32Gb – RM 2,399

Would you buy iPhone on Apple Store? Or, you prefer to buy from local Apple reseller?

Is this Maxis iPhone 5S & 5C Plan in Malaysia?

Maxis iPhone 5S 5C plan

Maxis iPhone 5S/5C plans have been unveiled in an email sent to Maxis One Club members. Check out the Maxis iPhone 5S & 5C plan in this post.

Maxis iPhone 5S 5C plan
Maxis iPhone 5S/5C plan in Malaysia

After Apple Malaysia unveiled the official iPhone 5S/5C price in Malaysia, Maxis Berhad sent an email to its Maxis One Club (MOC, read: VIP customers) inviting to pre-book iPhone 5S.

What’s interesting is that the email includes a unique-to-each-customer-link to Maxis iPhone 5S/5C plan – before the official release date on 31st October 2013.

Referring to the table at the top of this post, at the first glance, the iValue plans remain the same offer as in 2012, except now you get 1000 bundled Maxis-to-Maxis SMS and Maxis Loker cloud storage that you never use.

You also notice that iValue Simple (RM50/month) is not eligible for Maxis iPhone 24-month contract.

Interestingly, Maxis does not offer iPhone 5C 32GB, which has same recommended retail price (RRP) as iPhone 5S 16GB – RM 2,399.

Though iPhone 5S models have the same price as iPhone 5 at launch in U.S., but iPhone 5S price in Malaysia is more expensive.

Maxis subsidize more on iPhone 5S this year than last year for iPhone 5. Refer the table below for Maxis iPhone 5S/5C/5 subsidizations:

Maxis iPhone 5S subsidy
Maxis iPhone 5S subsidy

What do you think about the Maxis iPhone 5S/5C plan? Tell us in the comment below.