Thursday, October 27, 2011

Comparing iPhone 4S plans

If you're wondering which carrier to go with for your iPhone 4S purchase, here's our handy table comparing what M1, SingTel and StarHub are offering.







iPhone 4S on the block for 30 cents

Be among the first people in Singapore to own an iPhone 4S and get it cheap. All you have to do is hop over to local auction site Blick. They have a white 16GB iPhone 4S on the block and the current bid is just 30 cents.

Of course, it will probably sell for a lot more than 30 cents by the time the auction ends, but you will probably still end up paying a lot less than the recommended retail price.

Blick works by charging people to place bids. It costs 75 cents to place a bid, and each bid advances the final price by just 5 cents. It also pushes the end of the auction back by 20 seconds.












SingTel Shop iPhone 4S pre-order units snapped up

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SingTel briefly had stocks of the iPhone 4S available for pre-order from the SingTel Shop from 3pm yesterday, but by midnight, all the stocks were snapped up.

All the slots for SingTel's iPhone 4S launch at midnight later today have also been taken up.

Looks like the iPhone 4S will be a hit in Singapore.

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StarHub's iPhone 4S plans announced

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StarHub finally unveiled its price plans yesterday which now allows us to compare all three carriers. Overall, it looks like M1 has the most attractive voice plans of the three.

For a full comparison of plans, click here.

(Thanks to iMerlion readers too many to name.)

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Comparing M1 and SingTel price plans for the iPhone 4S

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If you're in the market for the iPhone 4S, it looks like M1 is offering a better deal than SingTel.

Except in the lowest tier, where the two carriers are tied, M1 offers more than SingTel does for the (roughly) same monthly subscription.

M1 offers unlimited data for $98 and $198 a month. SingTel, on the other hand, does not offer unlimited data on any of its plans.

M1 also tends to offer more voice minutes than comparable SingTel plans. At the top tier, for example, M1 is offering unlimited voice calls, compared to SingTel's 2,000 minutes.

Click here for see the iMerlion comparison of iPhone 4S price plans.

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SingTel's iPhone 4S launch booking starts tomorrow

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If you're interested in picking up an iPhone 4S from SingTel at the midnight launch on Oct 28, you will need to register at this web page from 10 am tomorrow (Oct 26).

The event will be held at Hall 402 at Suntec City.

SingTel also has a guide on how to book your appointment here.

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SingTel's iPhone 4S price plans are out

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SingTel has just released its price plans for the iPhone 4S. Check them out here. If you want a free 16GB iPhone 4S, pay S$99 a month for 500 minutes of talk time and 700 SMS/MMS a month, the same as M1.




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Monday, October 24, 2011

Jobs biography now on shelves




The biography of Steve Jobs is now for sale in bookstores in Singapore.

Harris is selling the Walter Isaacson-penned biography for S$45.48.


Apple releases memorial video

Apple has released the video of the memorial event held on Oct 19 at Apple's campus in Cupertino.

M1 unveils plans for the iPhone 4S

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M1 will be doing a midnight launch of the iPhone 4S at its Paragon outlet on Oct 28, according to a note on its webpage.

If you're willing to wait a few more hours, a few M1 shops will be open at 7 am on Oct 28, namely, the outlets at Bugis Junction, Change Alley, IMM, Paragon, Plaza Singapura, West Mall and Tampines.

A few M1 resellers will also be opening at 7 am on that day to sell the iPhone 4S.

The carrier has also unveiled its price plans for the iPhone 4S. The 16GB version will be sold for $505 with a monthly subscription of $36. You can get the 16GB version for free if you sign up either for the iPhone Extreme (S$98 a month) plan or iPhone Max (S$198 a month).



The full details are here.

SingTel and StarHub have yet to unveil their price plans though SingTel has said there will be a midnight launch on Oct 28. If you were hoping to buy an unsubsidized iPhone 4S directly from Apple, you're too late. The online Apple Store for Singapore now lists the iPhone 4S as "currently unavailable". Previously, shipping was within one to two weeks.

(Thanks to iMerlion readers too numerous to name).

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Apple now taking pre-orders for iPhone 4S in Singapore

Apple is now accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 4S in Singapore.

The 16GB version is going for S$948, while the 32GB version is $1,088. The 64GB version, on the other hand, costs S$1.238. All devices are unlocked and SIM-free.

Apple is restricting orders to two per customer and shipping times are listed as one to two weeks.

Apple is also selling the 8GB iPhone 4 at S$788 and the 3GS at S$548.

The iPhone 4S will be officially launched in Singapore on Oct 28. However, Singapore's three carriers have yet to announce how much they will sell the iPhone 4S on a two-year plan.





Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Apple's Q4 results

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A record September quarter for Apple:

Revenue of US$28.27 billion VS US$20.34 billion a year ago
Net profit of $6.62 billion or $7.05 per diluted share VS US$4.31 billion, or $4.64 per diluted share a year ago
Gross margin was 40.3 percent VS 36.9 percent
International sales was 63 percent
Cash generated was US$5.4 billion

Units sold

iPhones - 17.07 million (21 percent unit growth over last year)
iPads - 11.12 million (166 percent unit increase over the year)
Macs - 4.89 million (26 percent unit increase)
iPods - 6.62 million (27 percent decline)

These numbers fell below the expectations of analysts and Apple stock fell 7 percent in after-hours trading.

Looking ahead, Apple is predicting revenue of US$37 billion for its first quarter of 2012.

During the earnings conference call, Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Peter Oppenheimer also revealed that:

- China accounted for 16 percent of revenue. For the quarter, US$4.5 billion came from China. For fiscal 2011, more than U$13 billion in revenue came from China, compared to US$3 billion the year before.

- Flooding in Thailand has affected disk drive companies who have factories there. This, in turn, will affect the Mac.

The full press release is below. MacDailyNews covered the earnings call in a live blog. As usual, Macworld has nice charts.


CUPERTINO, California—October 18, 2011—Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2011 fourth quarter ended September 24, 2011. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $28.27 billion and quarterly net profit of $6.62 billion, or $7.05 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $20.34 billion and net quarterly profit of $4.31 billion, or $4.64 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 40.3 percent compared to 36.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 63 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

The Company sold 17.07 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 21 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 11.12 million iPads during the quarter, a 166 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter. The Company sold 4.89 million Macs during the quarter, a 26 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 6.62 million iPods, a 27 percent unit decline from the year-ago quarter.

“We are thrilled with the very strong finish of an outstanding fiscal 2011, growing annual revenue to $108 billion and growing earnings to $26 billion,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Customer response to iPhone 4S has been fantastic, we have strong momentum going into the holiday season, and we remain really enthusiastic about our product pipeline.”

“We are extremely pleased with our record September quarter revenue and earnings and with cash generation of $5.4 billion during the quarter,” said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO. “Looking ahead to the first fiscal quarter of 2012, which will span 14 weeks rather than 13, we expect revenue of about $37 billion and we expect diluted earnings per share of about $9.30.”

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Comparing iPhone 4 (8GB) price plans in Singapore

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All three carriers have unveiled their price plans for the 8GB iPhone 4 and Hardwarezone has an excellent table comparing the plans. Essentially there are four tiers, based on how much you pay per month. Overall, it appears that StarHub has the best plans for all tiers except the cheapest. SingTel's offerings seem to be mediocre.

At the cheapest tier, M1 has the best plan. For S$39 a month, you pay S$400 for your iPhone 4 (8GB). M1 will give you (per month):

- 120 free voice minutes (other carriers only offer 100 voice minutes at this tier)
- 500 free SMS/MMS
- 12GB of data

However, StarHub leads all the other tiers. For S$58 a month, you pay S$120 for for your iPhone and StarHub will give you (per month):

- 300 free voice minutes (versus 250 minutes on M1, and 200 minutes on SingTel)
- 500 free SMS/MMS
- 12GB of data

At the S$98 a month tier, the iPhone is free, and StarHub gives you (per month):

- 700 free voice minutes (versus 600 minutes on M1 and 500 minutes on SingTel)

- 500 free SMS/MMS
- 12GB of data

For S$205 a month, the iPhone is free and StarHub gives you (per month)

- 2,000 free voice minutes
- 2,000 free SMS/MMS
- unlimited data (SingTel offers 30GB, which is a heck of a lot but not unlimited).

Note: M1 has no offering in this top category.

All things being equal, it looks like StarHub is the way to go. 


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Breadtalk's Steve Jobs tribute


Breadtalk now has a Steve Jobs tribute called Apple of my i which costs S$1.50.

The text reads:
Steve Jobs was a rebel, a product visionary and an inspiring business leader. Apple of my i fuses moistened, crunchy apple chunks with European cinnamon custard -- a varied creation to pay tribute to a versatile man. You are indeed the Apple of our eyes Steve.
iSalute.


To complete the resemblance to an apple, they used a single curry leaf and a clove for the stalk (bite is mine).


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Friday, October 14, 2011

No registration of interest, no pre-orders, says StarHub.

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Seriously. This is what StarHub is saying. They are not going to take registrations of interest. Instead, to find out about StarHub's iPhone 4S plans, you have to keep reloading this page.

StarHub will also not allow people to pre-order.

Their amazing FAQ even manages to avoid answering their own question:
Why is there no registration of interest for iPhone 4S from StarHub?

There will be no registration of interest for iPhone 4S. We will commence retail launch of the new iPhone model on 28 October 2011. Please check this site for updates in the coming weeks.
Looks like StarHub is thinking different!


(Hat tip once again to iMerlion reader HamzahKent!)


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Lines forming ahead of iPhone 4S launch

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Lines are being reported in Tokyo, London and Paris, according to Mac Rumors. Things appear to be quieter in the US but there is at least one (very short) line outside the Los Gators Apple store in California. That line is notable because, while short, has Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (with Segway) heading the queue.


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M1 now taking names of potential iPhone 4S buyers

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If you're on M1 and you want to get the iPhone 4S, you can register your interest with M1 here.

(Hat tip to iMerlion reader HamzahKent!)


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Thursday, October 13, 2011

SingTel now taking names for iPhone 4S

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If you're interested in an iPhone 4S from SingTel, you can leave your details with the carrier here. Sometime last night, SingTel put up this page to get people to register their interest.

SingTel appears to have stolen a march over its competitors; there is still nothing on the StarHub and M1 websites.

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You can now upgrade to iOS 5

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Apple has finally released iOS 5 and you can now download it from Apple's servers. However, you'll need to upgrade your iTunes to version 10.5 first though.

By and large, the upgrade seems to be trouble free but there are reports of users who are experiencing problems.

Once you've updated your phone, check out Macworld's always excellent coverage. They have a review of iOS 5, and a close look at notifications in iOS 5, iMessage and iCloud.


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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Siri and accents

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It looks like accents will make a difference with Siri. In his review, MG Siegler of Tech Crunch notes that Siri didn't work for him initially because Siri's setting was set to the UK English.
Also awesome: when I first tried out the service in London, Siri was set to UK English. It didn’t understand a word I was saying. The Apple reps couldn’t figure out what was going on. But a quick change of the settings had it working perfectly. Siri understands accents as well.
As someone noted on iMerlion's Facebook page, time to practice your fake accents!


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Siri says, from reviews around the web

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Now that the reviews are out, we are getting a sense of what Siri can and can't do. And what we've also found is that Siri has a sense of humour. Naturally it knows the ultimate answer to life, the universe and everything. However, that is not all it knows. Here's what reviewers have found:

From Brian Chen's Wired review:

Me: “I’m drunk.”

Siri: “I found a number of cabs fairly close to you.” (Perfect; it didn’t dial my ex-girlfriend.)

Me: “I’m going to kill myself.”

Siri: “I found four mental health agencies. Three of them are fairly close to you.” (This was just a test — don’t be alarmed.)

From Jim Dalrymple's The Loop review:

Jim: I love you, Siri

Siri: Impossible

Jim: No really, I love you

Siri: I hope you don’t say that to those other mobile phones, Jim

Jim: No way, I only love you Siri

Siri: You are the wind beneath my wings

Jim: That’s nice. I’m glad you know I love you

Siri: All you need is love. And your iPhone


From Jason Snell's Macworld review:

Jason: Open the pod doors

Siri: That's a rather insensitive thing to say to an intelligent agent, Jason

and

Jason: Open the pod bay doors

Siri: We intelligent agents will never live that down, apparently.


From Walt Mossberg's All Things D review:

Walt: What’s the best phone?

Siri: Wait… there are other phones?


From Joshua Topolsky's This is my next review:

Joshua: Will you marry me?

Siri: My End User Licensing Agreement does not cover marriage. My apologies.

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iPhone 4S reviews - updated

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Looks like the embargo has been lifted and all the reviews of the iPhone 4S are out. Here's a list of links to the reviews:

Mac press


John Gruber (Daring Fireball)

Jason Snell (Macworld). Jason has a nice demo of how Siri works.

Jim Dalrymple (The Loop). Jim has a movie shot on the iPhone 4S.

Mainstream press

David Pogue (New York Times). David has nice sample photos taken on the iPhone 4S.

Walt Mossberg (All Things D)

Steven Fry (The Guardian)

Brian Chen (Wired)


IT press


MG Siegler (Tech Crunch). MG has a great video showing off the clarity of 1080p video recording.

Joshua Topolsky (This is my next)

Vincent Nguyen (SlashGear). Vincent also has a nice demo of Siri at work.




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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Apple gets 1 million pre-orders for iPhone 4S

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Apple announced on Monday that it received more than 1 million pre-orders for the new iPhone 4S in a single day, breaking the previous record of 600,000 held by the iPhone 4.

“We are blown away with the incredible customer response to iPhone 4S,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing in a statement. “The first day pre-orders for iPhone 4S have been the most for any new product that Apple has ever launched and we are thrilled that customers love iPhone 4S as much as we do.”

The full text of the press statement is below:

iPhone 4S Pre-Orders Top One Million in First 24 Hours
CUPERTINO, California—October 10, 2011—Apple® today announced pre-orders of its iPhone® 4S have topped one million in a single day, surpassing the previous single day pre-order record of 600,000 held by iPhone 4. iPhone 4S is the most amazing iPhone yet, packed with incredible new features including Apple’s dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics; an all new camera with advanced optics; full 1080p HD resolution video recording; and Siri™, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking.

“We are blown away with the incredible customer response to iPhone 4S,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The first day pre-orders for iPhone 4S have been the most for any new product that Apple has ever launched and we are thrilled that customers love iPhone 4S as much as we do.”

iPhone 4S will be available at all 245 Apple retail stores in the US beginning at 8 a.m. local time on Friday, October 14. Every customer who buys an iPhone 4S at an Apple retail store will be offered free Personal Setup service, helping them customize their iPhone 4S by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store™ and more, so they’ll be up and running with their new iPhone before they leave the store.

iPhone 4S includes iOS 5, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features, and iCloud®, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that work seamlessly with your iPhone, iPad®, iPod touch®, Mac® or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices.

Pricing & Availability
iPhone 4S comes in either black or white 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 new 64GB model.* iPhone 4S will be available from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and through AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, and select Best Buy, Target and Walmart stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 4 is available for just $99 (US) and iPhone 3GS is available for free with a two year contract.

iPhone 4S will roll out worldwide to 22 more countries by the end of October including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

*Qualified customers only. Requires a new two year rate plan, sold separately.


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Saturday, October 8, 2011

A small thank you from Singapore outside the 5th Avenue store

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This tribute on behalf of Singapore was left outside Apple's 5th Avenue store. It was done by polytechnic student and iMerlion reader Ryan Lee who is doing an internship in New York.

Another view of outside of the 5th Avenue store
Ryan, an aspiring photographer and designer, also left this other note on the wall.




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Friday, October 7, 2011

Steve Jobs: 1955 - 2011

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The Steve Jobs I Knew -- Walt Mossberg (AllThingsD)

Steve Jobs Was Always Kind To Me (Or, Regrets of An Asshole) -- Brian Lam (Wirecutter)

Steven Jobs, 1955-2011 -- Steven Levy (Wired)

AP interview with Steve Wozniak (Stay till the end)

Last American Who Knew What The Fuck He Was Doing Dies -- The Onion

XKCD (Don't miss the mouseover)

R.I.P., Steve Jobs -- Real Dan Lyons

The Stanford commencement speech 2005


Full text of Steve Jobs' Stanford commencement speech in 2005. -- Business Insider

Steve Jobs doing the voiceover on this version of the Think Different ad which never aired. (The version with Richard Dreyfuss was used instead).



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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Here's to the crazy ones

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Narrated by Steve Jobs


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Thank you Steve

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As the CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs changed the world. His vision was to make computers for the rest of us, and through Apple's various products, that is what he did. The original Apple, the Apple II, the Mac, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad, all these products have brought the power of computing to our lives, enhancing them in ways large and small.

The very first computer I used was a Mac. It was the early 1990s and I was an arts undergraduate at NUS. I had to learn to use a computer because one of my lecturers insisted we handed up typed essays as he was tired of having to decipher our handwriting.

At the time, computers largely meant machines running DOS. Using them required knowing arcane commands that were a complete mystery to me. However, the university had a Mac lab, filled largely with beige Mac Pluses. Thanks to the Mac's friendly graphical user interface, I quickly learned my way around creating documents and pretty soon, I was walking around with my own system diskettes (the Macs had no hard disk so we all had diskettes with software on them).

This was where I fell in love with the Mac. Eventually, I progressed from writing essays to installing stupid tricks on the Macs at the university. (One day, I tweaked a Mac in the library so that it would chime "Hallelujah" each time the user hits the spacebar. The joke backfired though when the person who used that Mac simply continued using the machine, leaving the rest of us to suffer through numerous Hallelujahs as she grimly continued working on her essay.)

The first computer I owned was the Power Mac 6100, which I bought with the meagre savings from my first real job at The Straits Times. The beige pizza box was what I used to first go online. I had a 2400 bps modem that I eventually upgraded to a 28.8 Kbps screamer.

Being an Apple fan boy helped me find a wife. The woman I married was deeply impressed by the Newton I owned (she later bought an eMate herself).

Today, my household has four working Macbooks, four iPhones, one iPod touch and one iPod shuffle. My kids take it for granted that they can access information about anything just by looking it up on the Internet (though they largely use the Internet to read Facebook updates and watch wrestling on YouTube.)

I recently watched a video where a younger Steve Jobs talked about computers as being bicycles for our minds. Computers are tools that enhance our abilities, and by extension, our lives. By making computers for the rest of us, (via the Mac, the iPhone and the iPad), Steve Jobs changed all our lives.

Thanks Steve.




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Steve Jobs has died

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has died at the age of 56. The home page of Apple.com has a link to a short tribute here.

Thoughts and condolences can be sent to rememberingsteve@apple.com.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Siri will come to Singapore says Apple

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Apple has confirmed that Siri, its intelligent personal assistant, will be made available in Singapore.

In response to a press query from iMerlion, an Apple spokesman said: "Siri is a Beta product that is shipping in the countries that iPhone 4S is shipping."

Earlier, questions were raised about whether Siri would be made available in Singapore after it was revealed that Apple's Singapore webpage for the iPhone 4S did not mention Siri at all. In contrast, the US webpage gives Siri considerable prominence.

Siri uses Apple's A5 processor on the iPhone 4S to process instructions or requests made using natural language. Among other things, it can tell you the weather, check your calendar, schedule a meeting, search Wikipedia or define words.

Siri now works with French, German and the US, UK and Australian versions of English. More languages and functionality will be added later.

It is not known why Apple would chose to omit mentioning Siri on the Singapore page. However, given that Siri only works with specific languages and accents, it seems likely that Apple does not want to promise that the Singapore variant of English will work with Siri. Apart from accent, Singlish also uses a different grammatical structure from standard English which might hamper recognition.

You can see how Siri works in this Apple video on YouTube.




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Watch Siri in action

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Apple has a nice video showing how Siri works.

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Hands-on with the iPhone 4S

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MacRumors has a round-up of firsthand impressions of the iPhone 4S by Engadget, the BBC and SlashGear.


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Will Siri be offered in Singapore?

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Apple's iPhone 4 page in Singapore


Could Apple be leaving Siri out of the iPhone 4S for the Singapore market? While it sounds unlikely, there are ominous signs that point in that direction.

Hawkeyed iMerlion readers have noticed that Apple's Singapore page for the iPhone 4S currently makes no mention of Siri at all. The page leads off with the dual-core A5 chip instead. In contrast, the equivalent US page leads off with Siri, which is then followed up with the dual-core A5 chip.

Apple's iPhone 4 page in the US

This, of course, does not necessarily mean that Apple will leave out Siri in Singapore. Apple has, in the past, been selective about which features they highlight in different markets.

The good news is that the Apple press release that is datelined Singapore and that has the Singapore prices for the iPhone 4 and 3GS does definitely mention Siri.

However, it is very odd that the chief highlight of the iPhone 4S should be left out of Apple's Singapore web page. We have reached out to Apple and will update this story when we have more. However, our guess is that given that voice recognition will be language, accent and grammar specific, Apple may not want  to promise that the request: "Eh, now what time ah?" or "Now got rain or not?", delivered in Singlish, will necessarily be understood by Siri.

Siri received a lot of attention during the demonstration earlier today at Apple's campus in Cupertino during the announcement of the iPhone 4S. Siri is a personal assistant on the iPhone 4S that will decode ordinary spoken commands and fix appointments, add alarms and reminders and help you respond to text messages.

(Hat tip to YJ Soon and Brandon)


Update: According to an Apple spokesman, Siri will ship in countries that the iPhone 4S will ship to.


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8GB iPhone 4 will go for S$788

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Apple has announced that the iPhone 4 (8GB) will be available for S$788 (including GST). The iPhone 3GS (8GB) will be available for S$548 including GST. Apple has not released Singapore prices yet for the iPhone 4S.

See the full Apple press release below:

Apple Launches iPhone 4S, iOS 5 & iCloud

iPhone 4S Features Dual-Core A5 Chip, All New Camera, Full 1080p HD Video Recording & Introduces Siri

SINGAPORE, Singapore―5 October 2011―Apple® today announced iPhone® 4S, the most amazing iPhone yet, packed with incredible new features including Apple’s dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics; an all new camera with advanced optics; full 1080p HD resolution video recording; and Siri™, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking. With the launch of iPhone 4S also comes the launch of iOS 5, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features; and iCloud®, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that work with your iPhone, iPad®, iPod touch®, Mac® or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices.

“iPhone 4S plus iOS 5 plus iCloud is a breakthrough combination that makes the iPhone 4S the best iPhone ever,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “While our competitors try to imitate iPhone with a checklist of features, only iPhone can deliver these breakthrough innovations that work seamlessly together.”

iPhone 4S comes with iOS 5, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, which includes over 200 new features including Notification Center, an innovative way to easily view and manage notifications in one place without interruption and iMessage™, a new messaging service that lets you easily send text messages, photos and videos between all iOS 5 users. iOS 5 will also be available as a free software update for iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS customers allowing them to experience these amazing new features.*

iPhone 4S also introduces Siri, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking. Siri understands context allowing you to speak naturally when you ask it questions, for example, if you ask “Will I need an umbrella this weekend?” it understands you are looking for a weather forecast. Siri is also smart about using the personal information you allow it to access, for example, if you tell Siri “Remind me to call Mum when I get home” it can find “Mum” in your address book, or ask Siri “What’s the traffic like around here?” and it can figure out where “here” is based on your current location. Siri helps you make calls, send text messages or email, schedule meetings and reminders, make notes, search the Internet, find local businesses, get directions and more. You can also get answers, find facts and even perform complex calculations just by asking.

iCloud is a breakthrough set of free cloud services, including iTunes® in the Cloud, Photo Stream and Documents in the Cloud, that work seamlessly with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices. When content changes on one device, all your other devices are updated automatically and wirelessly.

iPhone 4S includes an all new camera with the most advanced optics of any phone. The 8 megapixel sensor has 60 percent more pixels so you can take amazing high quality photos with more detail than ever. iPhone 4S includes a new custom lens, a larger f/2.4 aperture and an advanced hybrid IR filter that produce sharper, brighter and more accurate images. The Apple-designed image signal processor in the A5 dual-core chip is built for performance, and coupled with the features built into iOS 5, makes the camera one of the fastest on any phone. With iPhone 4S, the Camera app launches much faster and the shot to shot capability is twice as fast, so you'll never miss another shot.

New features in the Camera and Photos apps give you instant access to the camera right from the lock screen, and you can also use the volume-up button to quickly snap a photo. Optional grid lines help line up your shot and a simple tap locks focus and exposure on one subject; and the new Photos app lets you crop, rotate, enhance and remove red-eye, and organise your photos into albums right on your device to share them on the go. New iOS 5 features include built-in Twitter integration and iMessage, so you can instantly share your photos via Twitter directly from the Photos app and send photos via iMessage to individuals or groups. And with iCloud's innovative new Photo Stream service, a photo you take on your iPhone is sent to iCloud and automatically pushed to your iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC.

iPhone 4S can also now record video in full 1080p HD resolution and with the new video image stabilization feature, you can take richer, smoother videos. Other iPhone 4S video camera improvements include increased sensitivity, sharpness and an increased ability to capture video in low light conditions. With the new iMessage service in iOS 5, you can now instantly share videos with family and friends.

iPhone 4S has the same beautifully thin glass and stainless steel design that millions of customers around the world love, while being completely redesigned on the inside. Apple's dual-core A5 chip delivers up to twice the processing power and up to seven times faster graphics than iPhone 4, all while maintaining incredible battery life—now up to 8 hours of 3G talk time.

Improving on the innovative stainless steel external, dual-antenna design of iPhone 4, iPhone 4S is the first phone to intelligently switch between two antennas to send and receive. iPhone 4S now supports twice the download speed with HSDPA of up to 14.4 Mbps and iPhone 4S is a world phone, so both CDMA and GSM customers can now roam internationally on GSM networks.**

Pricing & Availability
iPhone 4 will also be available for just SRP SGD$788 inc. Tax and iPhone 3GS will be available for SRP SGD$548 inc. Tax. iPhone 4S will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK on Friday, 14 October, and will roll out worldwide to 22 more countries by the end of October including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. iPhone 4S pricing has not been announced for Singapore.

Siri will be available in beta on iPhone 4S in English (localised for US, UK and Australia), French and German. iOS 5 software will be available on 13 October as a free software update via iTunes 10.5 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch customers.

*Some features may not be available on all products.

**Carrier roaming policies apply. HSDPA availability and network speeds are dependent on carrier networks.

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Watch the iPhone 4S keynote

You can watch the full video of the iPhone 4S announcement here.

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iPhone 4S coming Oct 28 to S'pore

The newest iPhone, the iPhone 4S, will be launched in Singapore on Oct 28, two weeks after the official launch in the US.

Singapore prices are not yet available but in the US, the new iPhone will be sold on contract for US$199, US$299 and US$399 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions respectively.

Singapore and Japan will be the only two countries in Asia to get the iPhone 4S in October. Japanese consumers will get to buy the iPhone 4S on Oct 14.

The iPhone 4S will look like the current iPhone 4 but will have upgraded internals and will be able to support the Siri personal assistant.

The new iPhone's features include:

- an A5 chip (like the iPad 2)
- dual-core graphics (supposed to be up to seven times faster than iPhone 4)
- support both CDMA and GSM
- support HSDPA (up to 14.4 Mbps)
- An 8 MP camera with a backside illuminated sensor that will take in 73% more light per pixel than the iPhone 4.
- image capture is 33% faster
- f/2.4 aperture
- Face detection
- better white balance

Siri is a personal assistant that can understand natural language queries. Apple VP Scott Forstall, demonstrated Siri handling instructions like:

- "Wake me up tomorrow at 6am."
- "How's the NASDAQ doing today?"
- "Find me a great Greek restaurant in Palo Alto."
- "Give me directions to Hoover Tower"
- "Remind me to call my wife when I leave work."

You will need to use US, UK or Australian English to be understood by Siri. Siri will also recognize French and German.