Apple unveils the new iPad Mini, it’s thinner and lighter but not faster

Lo and behold! Let’s all welcome the new Apple iPad Mini. It’s a thinner, lighter and smaller iPad. It may not be a fastest iPad and its price may not be that cheap compared with other 7-inch tablets, but we’ve got to admit, it’s one heck of a device that millions of us will surely buy.

So, what does the iPad Mini has to offer aside from its 7-inch screen display size? Here are the key specs of the new iPad Mini:

  • 7.9-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch
    display with IPS technology (1024-by-768 resolution at 163 pixels per inch (ppi))
  • Apple A5 processor
  • 5MP iSight Camera
  • 1.2MP FaceTime camera
  • Lightning connector
  • Wi-Fi and LTE
  • Bluetooth 4.0

The iPad Mini will be available in two designs namely, Black & Slate and White and Silver. Pre-orders on the new iPad Mini will start online on Friday, October 26 and availability will be on November 2 for the iPad Mini Wi-Fi only in the following countries  US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

And now for the much talked about pricing of the new iPad Mini.

  • 16GB WiFi only – $329
  • 32GB WiFi only – $429
  • 64GB Wi-Fi only – $529
Meanwhile, the iPad Mini WiFi+Cellular will be available a couple of weeks after the WiFi model has come out and will have the following prices:
  • 16GB WiFi+Cellular – $459
  • 32GB WiFi+Cellular – $559
  • 64GB WiFi+Cellular  $659

No words yet on when the iPad Mini will become available in our beloved countries. But I’m positive that it will be out soon just in time for the Holiday Season as Apple will like to beef up sales before the year ends. So, let’s hope for an earlier release then.

So, are you getting the new iPad Mini?

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Apple updates the 9.7-inch iPad with the new 4th generation iPad

Now here’s something that caught most of us off-guard. As you may recall, the so called “new iPad” was introduced by Apple only six months ago and you wouldn’t expect to come up with a new model in such a short span of time. But Apple did it as it launched the new 4th generation iPad.

Many got pissed, some laughed about it but at the end of the day, it’s still Apple who has the last decision. So instead of getting mad at Apple for those who just bought the 3rd generation iPad, let’s shrug it off and welcome the 4th generation of iPad. For whatever reasons that Apple may have in bringing the 4th gen iPad this early, we couldn’t help but respect them.

Having said that, what then are the new features of the 4th generation iPad that make it different from the 3rd generation iPad? Nothing much really in terms of numbers but moreso in terms of performance improvement. For one thing, the new iPad will now have the A6X chip, the same one used in the iPhone 5. Aside from that it will also feature FaceTime HD camera and ultrafast wireless performance. Apple also has to update the new iPad’s connector to the now Apple standard lightning pin connector.

It will also have the same 9.7-inch Retina display and will have 10 hours of battery life and worldwide LTE support.

The 4th generation iPad will be available on November in the following countries – US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. Pre-orders on the new iPad will start October 26, 2012.

And the 4th generation iPad will have the following prices – $499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB model, and $699 for the 64GB model. All these are WiFi only iPads. The iPad WiFi+Cellular will be available in a couple of weeks after the iPad WiFi model has been released.

So, question? Should you be getting the 4th generation iPad? The answer depends on several factors. If you have an iPad model prior to the 3rd generation you obviously should be getting the 4th generation iPad. The 3rd generation iPad has already been removed from the Apple Store which means that Apple will start supporting it so there’s no reason to upgrade from iPad and iPad 2 to iPad 3.

If you just bought the iPad 3, of course, there’s no compelling reason to get the iPad 4. The A6x chip and other features are not really that great to merit an upgrade in such a short span of time.

If this is your first time to buy an iPad, go ahead and splurge on the new iPad or consider getting the iPad Mini as well.

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Smart now accepting pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Free at Unli Plan 2000!

There you go, folks! Smart just announced its deal for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Free at Unli Plan 2000. You can reserve your unit now by simply following this link. As to when Smart is planning to release it, we will know for sure in the coming days. So, who’s getting one?

I’ve been reading so many raves about the Galaxy Note 2 especially the dual-window when multi-tasking. Looks like Samsung has a winner again this time. Can’t wait to get my hands on this so-called “phablet.”

Key specs of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2:

  • 1.6GHz quad-core processor
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 5.55 HD Super AMOLED display
  • 8MP rear-facing camera
  • 1.9MP front-facing
  • S-Pen


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Globe now accepting pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Free at Plan 2499

I just got an email update from Globe Telecoms. One of the update was about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note II. This is of course the follow-up to Samsung’s famous “phablet” of the same name. This time around the device is made even more powerful with the upgrade of its processor to quad-core. The Samsung Galaxy Note II also features a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display and a plethora of other advanced features.

Globe did not mention specific release date and pricing information yet. But Globe is holding a promotional gig for the device by way of giving out free tickets to David Grueta’s gig in Manila. You’ll get these tickets if you avail of the Galaxy Note via Globe’s Plan 2499. The device comes free with the data plan subscription.

What we’re not sure about is whether Globe will be offering the Galaxy Note under different data plans/schemes.

If you’ve been eyeing the Galaxy Note since it was announced, Globe’s offer is one of the way by which you can avail of this device. Its unlocked version will be offered by Widget City for Php 31K. Smart is also hinting about the device although no definite information was released yet.

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Smart now selling Nano SIM, but no sign of iPhone 5 yet

Smart just announced that the Nano SIM are now available in select Smart Stores. In case you’re not aware, the Nano SIM is used for the iPhone 5. Globe Telecoms announced their own Nano SIMs last week. The Smart Nano SIM cost Php 40 for Smart Prepaid. Smart also announced that a Smart Bro Prepaid variant will be available soon. For existing Smart Bro Postpaid subscribers, the SIM cards can be replaced with the Smart NANO Sim for free.

Unfortunately, Smart did not announce yet as to when they will be releasing the iPhone 5. But if the Nano SIM is an indicator, well it might just be anytime this month.

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How to Buy the iPhone 5 in Singapore from Manila

Ok. It’s almost two weeks now since Apple released the iPhone 5. Non-US countries who were included in the second batch of release may or may not have depleted their stocks of the iPhone 5 already. In the meatime, here in our beloved country both Globe and Smart have not given any hint as to when they will be releasing the iPhone 5. So, if you’re not one of those “tech guys” who already got their iPhone 5 but still want to get  the device you can do so now get the iPhone 5 even if you’re in the Philippines.

I’m not talking about getting the iPhone 5 from the grey market. That would cost you a big amount of money. The cheapest price of the unlocked iPhone 5 being sold in the Philippine grey market (both Greenhills and online) is around 45K for the 16GB iPhone 5 model. The factory unlock iPhone 5 in the U.S. will cost you less than Php 30,000 plus tax. So, to get the same price as the US factory unlocked iPhone 5, you’re best bet would be to get it from the online Singapore Apple Store.

So, visit the site,  checkout your desired model of the iPhone 5, and then proceed with the purchase. Now here are the things you need before you order the iPhone 5 from the Singapore Apple Store:

1) Ask a friend who has a Singapore address to receive your iPhone 5

2) Use your friend’s name and address as your shipping address

3) Enter your Philippine issued credit card credentials

4) Use your name but your friend’s address for the billing address

5) Proceed with check out and then wait for the confirmation from the Apple Store

If your order gets into the system, you’re friend will be receiving your iPhone 5 between October 25 – November 1. That’s because the indicated shipping estimate from the Apple Store is now 3-4 weeks.

That’s it. Now to get your iPhone 5, ask around among your friends if anybody is going to Singapore or coming back to Manila from there. Ask them to meet your friend and have them bring your iPhone 5 to you here in Manila.

And guess how much you’re going to pay for the factory unlocked iPhone 5 (16GB)? Not more than Php 32,000!


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