Apple iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will be released in Malaysia on October 31st, 2013. Malaysia telcos already open registration of interest. However, as usual, all Malaysia telcos can not disclose the official prices before the launch date.
iPhone 5S price in USA is same price as iPhone 5 last year, we knew that the USA official prices are USD$649 (RM2061) for iPhone 5S 16GB and USD$549 (RM1744) for iPhone 5C 16GB.
According to the iPhone 5 comparison I did last year, the iPhone price difference is around 10%.
What are the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C prices in Malaysia?
The unofficial iPhone 5S & 5C prices
Malaysia unofficial sellers are selling iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C before the official launch date. Generally, they are selling iPhone 5C matching price in US, but set a high price for iPhone 5S.
Most sellers are selling iPhone 5C 16GB below RM2000. The cheapest I saw is from a seller on eBay Malaysia â€“ RM1870 for iPhone 5C 16GB. For iPhone 5S, the price can go as high as RM2900 for iPhone 5S 16GB!
Why are iPhone 5S so expensive? I think most people will buy best performance iPhone 5S instead of plastic iPhone 5C repackage from iPhone 5. Plus, many people would like to buy golden iPhone 5S.
I really feel sorry to those people who bought iPhone 5S at over-charged priceâ€¦
LiewCF guess iPhone 5S & 5C prices will beâ€¦
Based on previous data and my secret magic, here is my guess of iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C price list:
Apple iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will be released in Malaysia on Oct 31st, 2013. Malaysia telcos â€“ Celcom, DiGi, Maxis â€“ have open registration of interest now.
Earlier than previous years
Unlike previous Malaysiaâ€™s iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 launch dates in December, Apple launches iPhone 5S & 5C in Malaysia at the end of October. Apple make the new iPhone models available globally faster than previous years.
In fact, Malaysia is only the 3rd batch of countries receiving iPhone 5S & 5C. The 1st batch is on September 20, 2013; 2nd batch is on October 25, 2013.
Register your interest
Now you can register your iPhone 5S and 5C interest to Celcom, DiGi, and Maxis, so that you will receive the latest updates and iPhone plan price.
Please note that register of interest is not a pre-booking. It does not guarantee you will be the first to own iPhone 5S and 5C.
Register of interest: Maxis iPhone 5S & 5C
Maxis uses one online form for both iPhone models. The information you need to submit are: Name, NRIC/Passport number, mobile number, email address, iPhone type, iPhone color and iPhone storage size.
Register of interest: Celcom iPhone 5S & 5C
Celcom has prepared pre-register forms for iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Just like Maxis, Celcom asks for your name, NRIC, contact number, email, iPhone model, colour, storage.
Celcom also asks if you are new or existing customer in the online form. Does it make a different when you are ordering? Celcom also uses a captcha to prevent spammers.
Register of interest: DiGi iPhone 5S & 5C
DiGi has the best register of interest page, in my opinion. First you select the iPhone model (5S or 5C) tab then you choose the color and capacity. DiGi only asks your name, mobile number and email address.
When Apple App Store first launched on July 10, 2008, it has only 500 apps. 5 years later, App Store now has over 900,000 apps and 50 billion apps downloaded.
To celebrate 5 years of the App Store, Apple is giving away 5 landmark games and 5 groundbreaking apps for a limited time.
5 Free Apps
1. Barefoot World Atlas
Barefoot World Atlas is a magical interactive 3D globe that invites children to explore the regions and countries of the world, discovering hundreds of fascinating features and immersing themselves in the rich wonders of our planet.
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2. Day One (Journal / Diary)
Day One is a new way to journal.Â Record movements every day using photos, places and words. Sync to iPhone and iPad using iCloud or Dropbox.
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3. How to Cook Everything
How to Cook Everything is first-of-its-kind app of the bestselling cookbookâ€”How to Cook EverythingÂ® from New York Times columnist Mark Bittmanâ€”has 2,000 recipes, 400 how-to illustrations, and a host of features that appeal to cooks on the go.
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Over allows you to add beautiful text and artwork to your photos and share them on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr & Instagram. Create inspirational, informational or even funny images to share quickly and easily. In only a few seconds you can add captions, quotes, jokes, memes, poems or anything else you can think of to a photo.
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5. Traktor DJ for iPhone
Traktor DJ for iPhone enable you to touch your tracks and create stunning mixes in seconds.
BADLAND is theÂ Winner of 2013 Apple Design Award.Â It is atmospheric sidescrolling action adventure platformer taking place in a gorgeous forest full of various inhabitants, trees and flowers. Although the forest looks like itâ€™s from some beautiful fairytale, there seems to be something terribly wrong. The player controls one of the forestâ€™s inhabitants to discover whatâ€™s going on. Through his journey he discovers the astonishing amount of imaginative traps and obstacles.
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2. Infinity Blade II
Infinity Blake II is high ranked 3D game for iOS with gorgeous graphics and smart gameplay, this action-packed epic absolutely shines.
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3. Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP is a 8-bit exploratory action adventure with an emphasis on audiovisual style. Traverse a mythic little realm, use a sword to do battle & evoke sworcery to solve mystical musical mysteries. Co-operate with friends via Twitter, experience a videogame world that is affected by moon phases & help a wandering warrior monk complete her woeful errand.
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4. Tiny Wings
Tiny Wings is iPhone Game of the Year in App Store Rewind 2011 in Europe.Â This endearing classic features charming style and thrilling momentum-based gameplay.
Where’s My Water? is aÂ simple and challenging puzzle game that features intuitive controls and a lovable mascot.Â Help Swampy by guiding water to his broken shower. Each level is a challenging physics-based puzzle with amazing life-like mechanics. Cut through dirt to guide fresh water, dirty water, toxic water, steam, and ooze through increasingly challenging scenarios!
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[box type=”note”]Note:Â These apps are only free for a limited time. Grab them now before too late![/box]
Apple MacBook Air 2013 has been announced during WWDC2013 and available immediately. The new MacBook Air (MBA) looks and weight identical to the old MBA, the changes are inside. New MBA uses Intel fourth-generation Intel core processors â€œHaswellâ€ with Intel HD Graphics 5000, faster SSD, supports WiFi 802.11ac.
It doesnâ€™t sound like a lot of changes, does it? Letâ€™s check out each feature and compare with previous MacBook Airs.
Intel Haswell Inside
New MacBook Air (Mid 2013) is the first Apple computer with Intel fourth-generation Intel Core processors, code name â€œHaswellâ€ with Intel HD Graphics 5000. It replaces Ivy Bridge processor and Intel HD Graphics 4000 used in old MBA models.
The clock speed drops to 1.3GHz for all new MBA models, thus requires less power. Previously, it was 1.7GHz for 11-inch MBA 2012, and 1.8GHz for 13-inch MBA. Anyway, the max turbo remains 2.6GHz.
Much battery life
Apple says new MBA is â€œall-day batteryâ€ â€“ up to 12 hours of battery life for 13-inch MacBook Air and 9 hours for 11-inch MacBook Air.
In Macworld lab test, 11-inch MacBook Air lasted 6 hours and 6 minutes and 13-inch MacBook Air lasted 8 hours and 18 minutes.
The results are much better than MacBook Air 2012 models: 11-inch MBA was only 3 hours and 34 minutes; MBA 13-inch was only 4 hours 55 mins.
Better graphic performance
The new MacBook Air Haswell processor build-in Intel HD Graphics 5000 which is, say Apple, 40% faster than HD Graphics 4000 used in previous MBAs.
A Cinebench OpenGL benchmark tested by Macworld shows that new MBA is up to 30% faster than its predecessor.
Instead of using SATA SSD, new MacBook Air uses PCIe based SSD (same as new Mac Pro 2013), AnandTech reports. Two PCIe 2.0 interface in new MacBook Air capable of 1GB/s data transfer speed. A disk performance test reveals read/write performance of nearly 800MB/s!
Depending on the drive, general maximum transfer rate for SATA SSD is ranging from 100MB/s to 600MB/s.
Doubled space, Dual microsphones
Noticed that Apple has doubled MacBook Air 11â€œ model storage capacity from 64GB to 128GB, and from 128GB to 256GB for high-end MacBook Air 11â€. The storage space for 13″ models remain unchanged.
New MacBook Air now comes with dual microphones to help noise cancellation and improve sound quality.
Also, WiFi 802.11ac gives you up to 3 times faster performance when connected to a 802.11ac router.
MacBook Air performance: 2013 vs. 2012
New processor, better graphic, faster SSDâ€¦ Do they mean that MacBook Air 2013 has better overall performance than MacBook Air 2012?
Not really. Do not forget that new MacBook Air has slower processor clock speed. In fact, both generations earn identical Macworldâ€™s Speedmark 8 scores. The major advantage of MacBook Air 2013 over MacBook Air 2012 is, you guess it, â€œall-day battery lifeâ€.
MacBook Air (Mid 2013) Lineup
Check out the following table for the new MacBook Air (Mid 2013) lineup models and prices in Malaysia.
Available configurations are 1.7GHz dual-core i7 processor, 8GB RAM. High-end models are configurable to 512GB SSD.
New price for MacBook Air 2012
With the new MacBook Air announced, Apple resellers are clearing their old MacBook Air 2012 stocks. The following is the MacBook Air 2012 price list from Machines Apple Reseller:
MacBook Air 11″/1.7/i5/4/64GB (MD223ZP/A) RM2,699
MacBook Air 11″/1.7/i5/4/128GB (MD224ZP/A) RM2,849
MacBook Air 13″/1.8/i5/4/128GB (MD231ZP/A) RM2,999
MacBook Air 13″/1.8/i5/4/256GB (MD232ZP/A) RM3,599
It is RM300 different for MBA 13â€œ models and up to RM750 different for MBA 11â€ models (doubled SSD capacity, remember?).
LiewCFâ€™s Buying Advice
If long battery life and better graphic performance are not worth few hundred bucks for you, then grab the MBA 2012 while still available.
If you would like to use MBA for the next 5 years, I would suggest you max up the RAM to 8GB because it is not upgradeable after purchase. (MacBook Air SSD is upgradeable)
If you are looking for a second notebook while travelling, the 11″ MBA is a good choice. It is lightweight, powerful, long battery life machine at RM3000.
The 13″ MBA is good enough to be your only computer, or even a desktop replacement (connect to external display). But I will wait for the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display (2013) announcement first.
Just a few days before Apple WWDC 2013, Malaysia Apple resellers are doing stock clearance for Macbook Pro with Retina Display (Mid 2012 models) with discounts.
According to an image uploaded to Machines facebook fan page, the Apple reseller is clear the left stock (only few units available) of MacBook Pro 13-inch/15-inch with Retina Display, from RM3999 to RM5999.
Another Malaysian Apple Reseller, Switch, also offering cash voucher up to RM700 for every purchase of â€œEnd-Of-Lifeâ€ MacBook Pro with Retina Display models.
Those are discontinued models, if you donâ€™t mind.
For your information, Apple released MacBook Pro with Retina Display 15â€œ in June 2012, then introduced 13â€ MacBook Pro Retina in October 2012. Apple has updated prices and processors for MacBook Pro with Retina Display in February 2013.
New MacBook Pro models soon?
Appleâ€™s annually event, Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2013, will be held from June 10 to June 14, 2013 at Moscone West in San Francisco.
Same as the previous years, we are expecting new Apple software and hardware to be announced in the event. It could be iOS 7, iPhone 5S/6, new MacBook models, iWatch, and.. we donâ€™t know!
LiewCFâ€™s Buying Advice
If you donâ€™t mind using 1-year old model and limited budget, the mid 2012 MBP Retina are great notebooks. They are only slightly slower than the latest Feb 2013 models (0.1GHz slower processor speed) but you can save money for AppleCare warranty and other accessories and Mac software.