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Apple announced a record 4 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders made in the first 24 hours in these 10 countries – US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK. That is almost 2,778 iPhones being ordered per minute.

“iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are better in every way, and we are thrilled customers love them as much as we do,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Pre-orders for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus set a new record for Apple, and we can’t wait to get our best iPhones yet into the hands of customers starting this Friday.”

So how does this launch day performance compared with the other previous iPhones and some other wannabes …

In Singapore, the Apple Online Store only started taking orders slightly past three thirty in the afternoon, almost 30 minutes later than it was supposed to. Even when the page loaded, many had encountered trouble adding their selection into the shopping cart. For those who had successfully added the cart and checkout, the earliest shipping period was from 22 September to 29 September. Within an hour, the shipping time for all models slipped to early October. By evening, all the models were not available for pre-ordering. Guess there is still a lot of demand for a phone that was labelled as being two years late to the market.

For those who want to be tied-down for two years and are ordering thru the telcos, HardwareZone did a quick comparison between the prices of the iPhone 6/6 Plus and their respective plans, providing the minimum cost you’ll pay over two years for the phone and the monthly subscriptions.

Comparing iPhone 6 and 6 Plus prices when bundled with basic phone plans

Comparing iPhone 6 and 6 Plus prices when bundled with basic phone plans

Between the three telcos, M1 offers the best deal over two years contract although the upfront payment for the phone is higher. However as the differences between the three telcos are marginal, other factors like quality of network coverage, amount of free 4G data bundled and other VAS offered should be taken into consideration before you tie yourself down for two long years.

At this point of time, M1 and Starhub have stopped their pre-order sessions – the former due to a security breach of their online pre-order site while the latter due to overwhelming responds. There will be limited stocks at selected Starhub shops for walk-in customers from 20 September.

As for SingTel, they have a launch event over three days on September 19 where you can get your iPhone. Appointment bookings to attend this event will be offered to those who had registered their interests and will booking will begin on 17 Sept, 3pm.

Seems like there’ll be another mad rush to get the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the coming days. Have you ordered one yet?

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Apple - Live - Countdown to the Apple Special EventApple has put up a new page that currently shows a count down ticker towards the Apple event on 9 Sept (10 Sept, 1am Singapore time) where they will stream the event live from apple.com.

And if you worry that you’d forget about it, there’s even a link to add the event to your Calendar.

As usual, requirements for the live streaming are as follows:

  • Safari 5.1.10 or later on OS X v10.6.8 or later;
  • Safari on iOS 6.0 or later.
  • second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 6.2 or later.

So you have four days to get your OS updated, buy your coffee and snacks ready for at least 2 hours of roller coaster ride.

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.