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.
Since Google Maps app for iOS released in December 2012, Malaysians have been waiting for the maps app in Malaysia App Store to replace the lousy Apple Maps on their iPhone and iPad.
Wait no more! Google Maps for iOS is now available for free download at Malaysia App Store!
When Google Maps for Android updated with new design and turn-by-turn navigation in Malaysia, Google Malaysia said iOS version is coming â€œas soon as we[Google] get App Store approvalâ€. A week later, Google Maps for iOS appears in Malaysia App Store!
Whatâ€™s new in version 2.0
The following is whatâ€™s new in Google Maps for iOS version 2.0:
New design for iPad
Enhanced navigation including live traffic updates and incident reports
Explore: a new way to browse and discover popular local places to eat, drink, shop, play and sleep
Simple 5-star ratings and reviews from friends, plus expert Zagat content
Great deals from your favourite brands with Google Offers
Indoor maps with walking directions for shopping centres, public transport stations, airports and more.
However, I see some missing features in Malaysiaâ€™s Google Maps 2.0. It does not have cycling direction, local reviews (Explore), and Street View. Public Transport direction has no data but showing walking time instead.
In short, Google Maps for iOS in Malaysia is only good for location search and getting direction. Anyway, thanks to the Google Maps data, the location search is fast and accurate. Driving direction gives you alternative routes and estimated travel time, too.
Google Maps for iOS is now No.1 free app on Malaysia App Store. The average rating is 4.5 out of 5 based on 145 ratings. Thatâ€™s very positive! The top keyword in the app review is â€“ â€œFinally!â€
Some users comment that Google Maps app is a bit lagging on iPad. I can not test it because iPad 1 is not supported.Â Google Maps 2.0 requires iOS 6.0 or later. Meaning, only support iPhone 3GS or later, iPad 2 or later, and iPad mini.
Google Maps or Waze?
Waze was an alternative to Google Maps navigation when the latter is not available in local App Store. Now that Waze and Google Maps are both available, which one would you use for your navigation?
Personally, I would use Google Maps to search for venue locations and checking the nearby public transports because the map data is more complete.
Waze is good for live traffic report while you are driving. Waze uses crowdsourcing map data, it really depends on the number of Waze users in an area. Some areas have complete map, but some are incompletely mapped.
How do you use Google Maps for mobile? Share with us in the comment below.
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]