Apple Event 9 September 2014

Apple will be having an event on September 9, 2014 10am in Cupertino, California. This time, it will be held at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts – which just happened to be the place where Steve Jobs first presented the Macintosh back in 1984 (see clip below).

So we know that it will probably be the announcement for the next iPhone…or iPhones. Definitely a date for iOS 8. And maybe something else.

So – mark your calendar – 10 September, 1am (Singapore time) – let’s hope there will be live streaming from the Flint Center. Will definitely update the site when we know more.

iPhone 5Apple has launched a Battery Replacement Program for iPhone 5 bought some time between September 2012 and January 2013 which experiences shorter battery life or requires frequent charging. For those who are planning to upgrade to the next iPhone, this might help to maintain your resale value when you replace the battery.

If you are experience the shorter battery life and you suspect it might be due to the battery problem, please go to this page and check if your iPhone 5 is eligible by using the serial number checker. You can find out your serial number of your iPhone with this support page.

The replacement will begin from 29 August, 2014 and it can be done at these two locations:

  1. A.LAB@PS By AEON Earth – Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road #04-12B (Tel: +65 6784 1318)
  2. QCD@WL By QCD Technology – Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Road #05-13/14 (Tel: +65 6555 0500)

Before you send in your iPhone, please do the following:

For more details – refer to the Battery Replacement Program page.

Remembering Robin Williams

Apple put up a simple tribute to the actor Robin Williams who’s work over the last thirty years entertained and inspired many people all over the world. His passing is a loss for all.

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Apple also gathered many of his work – both good and bad – and made them available for all to purchased in the iTunes Store. Some people have been annoyed by this gesture as nothing but trying to cash in on a celebrity’s death while others are just glad to be reminded of his works.

Robin Williams’ verse in Dead Poets Society was also used in Apple’s Your Verse “Anthem” TVC released back in January which you can see below.

RIP.

We’d like to wish Singapore a very special 49th birthday.

This is home truly, where I know I must be
Where my dreams wait for me, where the river always flows
This is home surely, as my senses tell me
This is where I won’t be alone, for this is where I know it’s home

Home – covered by Sam Willows.

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Apple has put up a special section in the iTunes Store featuring apps, games, magazines and music that are made in Singapore. Some of the feature apps includes Carousell, Due, Heroes of Honor, Straits Times and CNA news apps. There are also albums by local artists like JJ Lin, Sun Yan Zi, Tanya Chua and Corrine May.

It is a nice curated list of local products – suitably timed to celebrate our nation’s birthday.

Other notable albums in this list:
* For Xin-Yao fans – there’s a compilation of Liang Wern Fook’s songs
* local indie band Sam Willows and alternative folk-rock band Monster Cat
* past Singapore Idols Hady Mirza, Taufik Batisah and Project Superstar winner Kelvin Tan.