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[Breaking] DiGi to Offer nano-SIM from 26 September 2012

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Malaysia’s yellow-est telco, DiGi has announced that it will make the nano-SIM or 4FF to market beginning 26 September 2012 in anticipation of the impending launch of the Apple iPhone 5. The nano-SIM will cost just RM20 and will be available in selected outlets in Klang Valley.

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DiGi is the second telco in Malaysia to offer the nano-SIM after Maxis.

The nano-SIM is 40 percent smaller and 15 percent thinner (12.3 millimeters by 8.8 mm by 0.67 mm) than the current smallest micro-SIM design. The smaller form factor gives mobile phone manufacturers advantage of creating smaller, thinner devices.

As if to hint the coming of the iPhone 5, DiGi announced that the nano-SIM is free for any iPhone 5 when a buyer subscribes to DG Smart Plan or DG Postpaid Plus.

The nano-SIM will also be available in other DiGi outlets nationwide in early October 2012.

For an extensive list of participating iPhone dealers offering the nano-SIM, visit http://www.digi.com.my/whatshot_v3/nanosim/landing.do

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Apple Releases OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.2 Update

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Apple has released an update for all OS X Mountain Lion users, which includes a long list of new features and fixes.

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Some notables include deeper Facebook integration with single sign-on for users. The update also adds Facebook as an option when sharing links and photos. Facebook friends’ contact information and profile pictures now appear in Contacts. Facebook notifications now appear in Notification Center.

The update sees even more Facebook integration, playing nice with Game Center including sharing scores, Facebook ‘Like’ buttons for games and inclusion of Facebook friends in Game Center friend recommendations.

The update also adds Power Nap support for MacBook Air (Late 2010).

General operating system fixes and improvements, naturally, are also part of the update.

The update is available over Software Update or as a downloadable Combo update (697.7MB).

For full details of the OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.2 update, visit http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5460

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Apple Reveals New iTunes with Seamless iCloud Integration

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September 12, 2012 – Apple has announced the the new iTunes for Mac and PC with a completely redesigned player, seamless integration with iCloud and redesigned iTunes Store, App Store and iBookstore.

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The iTunes Store is the world’s most popular store for online music, apps, TV and movies featuring a catalog of over 26 million songs, 700,000 apps, over 190,000 TV episodes and 45,000 films.
Users have downloaded over 15 billion songs (June 6, 2011 stats), a whopping 25 billion apps (March 5, 2012 stats) and 130 million ebooks (June 6, 2011 stats). That’s amazing.
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The new iTunes will be available in October with a dramatically simpler and cleaner interface. The cleaner iTunes features a full-window interface making easier to view your music, TV shows and movies.
The re-imagined MiniPlayer makes it easier to control your music in the most minimalistic manner. Up Next is a fun new way to see upcoming and queued songs and albums.
Integration with iCloud means all your iTunes purchases can be accessed from all your iDevices including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch as well as Mac, PC or Apple TV. Purchases are synced across your devices regardless of which device you purchased your content from.
The new iTunes is a free download. Keep your eyes peeled for its October release.
What We Think
The new redesigned iTunes is noticeably sleeker, cleaner. Definitely like the subtle shadows on the columns and dividers, no longer hard-edged like the current version. We’re also pretty sure Apple’s iTunes team has tweaked and enhanced search algorithms which will not only benefit user but also publishers. Can’t wait for October (together with the iPad mini, tsk…)
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Apple Unveils New iPod touch & iPod nano

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September 12, 2012 – At the special event where Apple launched the iPhone 5, the world’s most popular music players also received a refresh. The new iPod touch is the thinnest iPod touch ever with a 4-inch Retina display, and for the first time, a 5-MP iSight camera, Apple’s A5 chip, Siri and iOS 6. The iPod nano is completely redesigned and comes in seven awesome new colours.

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Apple has sold over 350 million units of iPods, making it the most popular music players in the world.

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Touch my 4-incher
The new iPod touch exudes sexiness with its ultra thin and ultra-light anodised aluminium body weighing in at just 88 grams. Wow. It is the thinnest iPod touch ever made, and houses the brilliant 4-inch Retina display found on the iPhone.

Apple up-the-ante in terms of processor performance, packing the powerful dual-core A5 chip, delivering up to 2x CPU power and 7x faster graphics than the previous 4th gen iPod touch.

All this while maintaining the incredible 40 hour battery life for music playback, and 8 hours of video playback.

For the first time ever, colourful people in the world, the iPod touch is available in five vibrant colours. Hurray for consumer choice. What’s your colour?

Also for the first time ever, the iPod touch is integrated with a 5 megapixel iSight camera with autofocus with support for 1080p video recording. The bangs and whistles that go with it – video image stabilisation, face detection, LED flash and the new impressive panorama found on the iPhone 5.

It may not be the biggest camera on a mobile device, but Apple is pushing the iPod touch’s photographic prowess, even bundling a colour-matche touch loop – a clever, convenient wrist strap while you camwhore or play games.

While the inclusion of iOS 6 was a given, Siri was a pleasant surprise. Siri now supports more languages, and easy access to information. Note, however, you will need to be connected to a WiFi hotspot.

Having iOS 6 means built-in Facebook integration where you can actually post directly from Siri. There is Shared Photo Streams via iCloud, which Apple demonstrated during the keynote. Other familiar features like iMessage, FaceTime, Mail and Game Center (something you’d be using a lot, I suspect) are loaded.

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Say nano to the thinnest iPod ever
The all-new, reinvented iPod nano is the thinnest iPod ever, an amazing 5mm. It also has the biggest display ever built into an iPod nano. The 2.5-inch multi-touch display makes navigating easier, and like the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad, it features a physical home button.

The new iPod nano is quite a departure from the old, in terms of design and specifications. Convenient buttons helps make volume and play controls easy. It comes also with Bluetooth to connect to Bluetooth-enabled headphones, speakers and cars.

The iPod nano offers incredibly long 30 hours of battery life. Built-in fitness features like the pedometer and support for Nike+ is a welcome feature for running enthusiasts. Don’t forget it also includes a FM tuner.

You may notice the unusual round button UI with the iPod nano. It is believed to be a derivative of iOS. Not too sure why Apple moved away from the look and feel of the current iOS UI/UX with other iOS devices.

The new iPod nano comes in seven new colours with matching wallpapers.

The iPod touch has now access to over 700,000 apps with the App Store, and instant access to a catalog of 26 million songs, 190,000 TV episodes, 45,000 movies and 1.5 million books via the iTunes Store.

The iPod touch and iPod nano uses the new all-digital Lightning connector, like the iPhone 5. The Lightning-to-30-pin Adapter is available as a $29 (RM100) option to help you connect to legacy 30-pin accessories. Comes with the brand new redesigned Apple EarPod headphones.

What We Think
The iPod touch was a show-stealer. While the iPhone 5 launched with mixed reactions, with some underwhelmed quarters, the new iPod touch pushes the converged device envelope further, adding much more enhanced features, performance and excitement to the already successful device. This should power its monopoly in the PMP space for months and years to come. The iPod nano is clearly re-imagined, but we feel could be a hit-and-miss. While specs and features are impressive for its class and price point, we feel the design (and the UI) aren’t particularly enticing. We’ll just have to see how this pans out in terms of sales numbers in the coming months.

Top job by the Apple team for bringing the iPod family to the next level though.

Pricing & Availability
Pre-orders for the new iPod touch in pink, yellow, blue, white & silver, black & slate begin September 14 through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com) for a suggested price of $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 for the 64GB model. The new iPod touch will be available in October through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. The fourth generation iPod touch is available in black and white for $199 (US) in a 16GB model and $249 (US) in a 32GB model through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. iPod touch requires a Mac with a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port, Mac OS X v10.6.8 or later and iTunes 10.7 or later; or a Windows PC with a USB 2.0 port and Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional (Service Pack 3) or later and iTunes 10.7 or later. An Apple ID is required for some iPod touch features. iOS 6 will also be available as a free software update for iPod touch (fourth generation) customers allowing them to experience the amazing new features including Facebook-enabled apps like Photos; Shared Photo Streams via iCloud; and Passbook®, the simplest way to get all your passes in one place.

iPod nano will be available in October in pink, yellow, blue, green, purple, silver and slate for a suggested price of $149 (US) in a 16GB model through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. iPod shuffle® is available today in pink, yellow, blue, green, purple, silver and slate for a suggested price of $49 (US) in a 2GB model through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. iPod shuffle requires a Mac® with a USB 2.0, Mac OS® X v10.6.8 or later and iTunes® 10.7 or later; or a Windows PC with a USB 2.0 port and Windows 7, Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional (Service Pack 3) or later and iTunes 10.7 or later. iPod nano requires a Mac with a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port, Mac OS X v10.6.8 or later and iTunes 10.7 or later; or a Windows PC with a USB 2.0 port and Windows 7, Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional (Service Pack 3) or later and iTunes 10.7 or later.

(PRODUCT) RED models of iPod shuffle, iPod nano and iPod touch are available through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com) and Apple’s retail stores.

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Apple Introduces iPhone 5. The Thinnest, Lightest iPhone Yet

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September 12, 2012 – At a special event in San Francisco, Apple unveiled the much-anticipated iPhone 5, the thinnest and lightest iPhone to date. With a completely redesigned unibody exterior made of aluminium and glass, it features the stunning new 4-inch Retina display.

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The iPhone 5 is the thinnest smartphone in the world, claims Apple, now only 7.6mm thin, its anodised aluminium body is 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 5 weighs just 112 grams. Amazing miniaturisation feats with the internal components.

In true Apple style, the design displays incredible level of precision, fit and finish.

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The elongated body, now houses a brand new 4-inch Retina display, packing even more pixels than its predecessor (1136 x 640 pixel resolution at 326ppi). Apple made the iPhone 5 taller not wider in line with its belief that it is easier to use with one hand.

The new display is now 16:9 ratio with a 800:1 contrast ratio. The familiar Corning Gorilla Glass has a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating, just as the previous iPhones did.

A6 processor

In the processor department, Apple surprised with the inclusion of the all-new Apple-design A6 processor. The A6 chip is 22 percent smaller, hence takes up less power but offers twice the CPU and graphics performance of the A5 found on the iPad 2 and iPhone 4.

Apple did not disclose what’s packed into the A6 processor but Anandtech seems to think it uses ARM Cortex A15 cores (dual). An impressive chip with a 128-bf FPU engine like the Qualcomm S4 (Krait) that beats higher clocked quad-core chips. The A6 is manufactured by Samsung. Specs to be confirmed though.

iPhone 5 supports ultrafast wireless standards including LTE* and DC-HSDPA. Apple has pioneered a unique single-radio LTE solution that provides blazing 4G speeds while fitting perfectly into the new remarkably thin design. iPhone 5 features dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi support for a wireless experience up to 150 Mbps. iPhone 5 also comes with Bluetooth 4.0.

The iSight camera in the iPhone 4S was one of Apple’s most touted features. While retaining its megapixel rating of 8, the new camera is completely redesigned with better optical performance. The camera is also 25 percent smaller than the one in the iPhone 4S. It features a new sapphire crystal lens cover that is thinner and more durable than standard glass. Crystal clear images.

Apple didn’t just bring hardware enhancements to the iSight camera but also introduced new features. Firstly the new panorama feature lets you capture panorama features of images up to 28 megapixels. Oh yes. Not sure how long the A6 takes to process this, but impressive indeed.

New videos features include improved stabilisation, video face detection of up to 10 faces. And for the first time, the new camera allows for still photos to be taken while video is being recorded. Awesome.

The front facing FaceTime HD camera makes FaceTime captures high res images and records 720p HD video. Nice.

As seen in leaked images and specs, the iPhone 5 features the all-new Lightning connector – a smaller, all-digital 30-pin connector with an adaptive interface. Adaptive because it’s smart enough to detect the type of accessory you plug in only uses the required signals.

For those worried about connectivity to legacy devices, Apple has a Lightning-to-30-pin adapter for $29 (RM100 approx)

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The new iPhone 5 has enhanced audio features with new tri-microphones with new noise-cancelling technology. And, as seen in leaked pictures, the all-new Apple EarPods, 3-years in the making. Apple claims it is a breakthrough in fit, durability and acoustic quality. Looks good I must say, but I’ll just on acoustics when I get my hands on a pair.

And most importantly, the iPhone 5 will come with iOS 6, the latest and greatest iOS release ever, with over 200 new user features. iOS 6 software will be available on Wednesday, September 19 as a free software update.

Pricing & Availability
iPhone 5 comes in either white & silver or black & slate, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model and $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the 64GB model. iPhone 5 will be available from the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 5 will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK on Friday, September 21, and customers can pre-order their iPhone 5 beginning Friday, September 14. iPhone 4S will also be available for just $99 (US) and iPhone 4 will be available for free with a two-year contract.iPhone 5 will roll out worldwide to 22 more countries on September 28, including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

We expect the iPhone 5 to be available in Malaysia through all major carriers in late October, just like the iPhone 4S. With each iteration of iPhones, Apple has really pushed availability much, much quicker than yesteryears.* LTE is available through select carriers. Network speeds are dependent on carrier networks.

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