iPhone 6 sales top 10 Million from ten countries in first weekend

iphone6Previously we mentioned about Apple’s preorder record of the iPhone 6.

Today, Apple announced a record 10 Million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sold in the first weekend, in the following countries – US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Puerto Rico, UK, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. By September 26, this will extend to another 20 countries before spreading across 115 countries by the end of this year.

“Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectations for the launch weekend, and we couldn’t be happier,” – Tim Cook, Apple CEO.

In comparison, Apple shipped 9 million iPhone 5s and 5c last year and 5 million iPhone 5 during the first week.

We don’t have specific numbers for the sales of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in Singapore but at this point of time, the Apple Online Store is still not receiving new orders while most of the shops of the three telcos in Singapore have seen brisk sales of the iPhone 6 while none of them are having any iPhone 6 Plus for sale.

M1 and SingTel have respectively set up a page to show the stock status of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in their stores. However we have not seen a similar page for Starhub Shops at this time.

Based on a quick scan of the stock status, Singaporeans prefer:
* In terms of color, we prefer Space Grey, followed by Gold and then Silver
* In terms of capacity, most chose 64GB, followed by 16GB and then the 128GB

If you are hoping to get one from the Telcos, be prepared to wait for a few hours especially if you choose the more popular shops in major shopping malls. You might also want to call the respective shops in advance just to gauge the crowd level before heading down.

For those who don’t mind paying more for a non-contract iPhone 6, do constantly refresh the Apple Online Store to see if the next batch is available.

I just received my iPhone 6 Plus 64GB in the “Ah Beng Gold” color this afternoon and going through restoring. Will share my observation of the “big-ass” iPhone 6 Plus in a future post.

Brunettes shoot Blonds – Knock Knock MTV

The creativity in this music video is simply awesome. 14 screens were shot in one continuous take – with six iPhones, four iPads, three MacBooks and one small iPod – to produce this 2 minutes plus video for the song Knock Knock (iTunes download link).

4 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders made in 24 hours

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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 posts live streaming site for event

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.

Sep 10, 1am – mark your calendar

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 5 Battery Replacement Program

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

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.

Happy 49th Birthday Singapore

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.

iTunes Store featuring Made in Singapore apps, games and more

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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.

Apple Ad – Dreams

Apple recently posted a new TVC in the continuing Powerful campaign featuring the iPhone 5s called Dreams. This again features the use of the iPhone 5s in various occupations – ranging from a fire fighter to a veterinarian – and shows how they are empowered to do more with the right application on the iPhone 5s.

All four ads shown so far has one underlying messaging – empowerment. The device in your hand is no longer a communication tool but so much more – with the aid of the right application.

Another interesting note is that the examples featured has subtlety shifted from personal use cases to those in the enterprise market – from healthcare to public safety. A sure sign that Apple is moving ever closer towards the enterprise market as the feature and durability of the iPhone improves over time.