Both Globe and Smart are offering the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C on November 15, 2013. As early as now, both telecoms have announced their respective packages for the new iPhones. It’s now a matter of determining which carrier has the more attractive offer. On Globe’s part, apart from offering the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C on their usual packages, they are also offering the Globe iPhone Forever Promo. Yugatech has a good explanation on the details of this promo.
The first official full-length trailer of the upcoming Steve Jobs movie just appeared on YouTube. What can I say? The first few minutes of the trailer already got me pretty hyped. Then I saw some of the dramatic sequences, done ala-Hollywood movie style. Nice!
As early as now I can tell you this, Steve Jobs movie is going to be a blockbuster when it comes out. Whether you’re a fan or not, you’ll be watching this.
Now, watch the movie and tell me how you find it.
Are you up to save endagenred species together with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Philippines)? If yes, well now you can do so “virtually” by way of playing this new iOS game Enviropop. Developed by Appslab in cooperation with WWF, Enviropop lets you digitally rescue endangered species from sea hazards. The app aims to spread awareness on how to minimize threats to marine life.
The app also has several feature to push its WWF’s advocacy. For instance, it features Enviropedia, a source of information on cool facts about undersea creatures and the hazards that they are facing.
Playing the game is also simple. All you have to do is to tap and swipe hazards on time-pressured puzzles. So, it’s perfect for both kids and adults.
Enviropop is available now from the iTunes App Store and soon on Google Play. The lite version is free while the full version will cost you $0.99. Of course proceeds of the app will a long way to saving endangered species.
Via [iTunes App Store]
Apple just announced that the iPhone will be available in 50 more countries starting December 14. Shortly after Apple made the announcement, both Globe and Smart have officially posted announced via their respective Twitter accounts that indeed the iPhone 5 will be released in Manila, Philippines on the said date.
Although no details yet were provided by both telcos, it has now become a battle of who’s going to get the most number of subscribers who will get the iPhone 5 and will eventually subscribe to a new plan.
For Globe subscribers, if you want to get ahead of the pack, Yugatech has posted that Globe has already activated its sign-up page for the iPhone 5. You can check out this link. From there you can enter your personal details for Globe to contact you once the iPhone 5 is already available.
As for Smart, no detailes are available as to how they are going to carry out the launch of the iPhone 5.
So, now, it’s up for you to decide. From which telco are you going to get your iPhone 5?
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.
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!
Is it just me or are the new iPod Touch and newly nanofied iPod Nano more exciting than the iPhone 5? Maybe because of the new colors of Apple’s media players that’s why I find it more exciting to have. Take a look at these photos.
I would certainly love to have any one of these babies. You can place your orders for the new iPod Touch and iPod Nano starting September 14 from the Apple Online Store (Philippines).
Finally, Apple has announced its latest iPhone – the new iPhone 5. Apple puts it simply and nicely – it’s the biggest thing to happen in the iPhone since the iPhone. As such, the iPhone 5 is slimmer, lighter and thinner than its predecessor, the iPhone 4S. It will be available in the US and selected countries (including Hong Kong and Singapore) on September 21. Pre-order starts from the Apple Online Store on Friday, September 14. Sorry folks, no words yet on when it will be available in the Philippines. Probably a few weeks after September 28 when it becomes available in some other countries.
Specs and features of the iPhone 5? Here we go.
- 4-inch display (1136×640) pixel, 326 ppi
- Apple A6 chip
- 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
- HSPA+, LTE up to 100Mbps
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, dual-band
- Assisted GPS and GLONASS
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 8MP rear camera, LED flash
- 1.2MP front-facing camera @ 720p
- iOS 6
The iPhone 5 will be available in 16BG, 32GB and 64GB models.
Finally, Apple has opened up the iTunes Store in several Asian countries, including the Philippines. Take note, this is the iTunes Store and not just the App Store. This means that you can now purchase songs and movies from the iTunes Store without needing those iTunes card or neither do you need to create a US iTunes account.
The iTunes Store in these Asian countries will also highlight local talents. In our case, several Original Pilipino Music (OPM). Unfortunately as of now, there’s few local artists available yet. Hopefully, in the coming days more music companies will launch their catalogs to the iTunes Store. And this goes out for local film companies.
It would certainly be great to see classic Filipino movies and music become available for our iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
To access the Philippines iTunes Store, simply login to iTunes using your Philippines Apple account and you can start buying movies and music using your local credit cards. Have fun!
There you have it Apple fans, expect iOS6 to become available for your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad this fall (that’s around September, I guess.)
Overall, most of these new features are geared towards pleasing current iOS fans and users and make them stick to iOS. It seems like Apple is not going to offer something interesting enough for loyal Android fans to switch over to iOS. What do you think? Are these features enough to take iOS to new directions?
More details about this can be found here.