iPad mini with Retina Display, is it a worthy upgrade?

The new iPad mini has been announced and it’s now called the iPad mini with Retina Display highlighting the higher resolution on the same 7.9-inch display. Just how much of an upgrade does the new iPad mini have over the previous one which is also the first generation iPad mini? Well, the display now makes it a really gorgeous device for playing games and watching HD videos. The new iPad mini now has a 2,048 x 1,536 resolution bringing its pixel density to 326 ppi from a paltry 163 ppi. Yep, you will definitely notice the improvement on the display. The iPad mini with Retina Display also comes with the same 64-bit Apple A7 processor with M7 motion coprocessor as that of the iPhone 5S. That’s a processor upgrade of two generations. If you’re into gaming on your iPad mini, you will appreciate this huge performance bump. I’ve been experiencing more than enough instances of choppy gameplay on Infinity Blade II and Injustice when left on for a long time. It may be because of the 1GHz A5 processor or the 512MB RAM but it’s bound to perform way better on the new iPad mini. The weight and thickness of the new iPad mini has also increased but just a teeny bit for you to notice. On the upside, the battery got bigger as well. Overall, the iPad mini with Retina Display may just force iPad mini owners to upgrade especially those who watch videos or play games a lot. Here’s a rundown of the specs comparison between the two: iPad mini iPad mini with Retina Display 7.9-inch IPS LCD display, 1024 x 768 7.9-inch Retina display, 2048 x 1536 1 GHz dual-core Apple A5 64-bit Apple A7 with M7 motion coprocessor 512MB RAM ?? 16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB 16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB 5-megapixel iSight camera 5-megapixel iSight camera 1.2-megapixel front camera 1.2-megapixel front camera Dual-Band 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi Dual-Band 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi LTE LTE Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0 200 x 134.7 x 7.2mm 200 x 134.7 x 7.5mm 308...

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Apple unveils the iPad Air, what’s new with it?

Apple just unveiled their latest iPad products recently and the one replacing the previous generation iPad is the thinner and lighter iPad Air. So how does it differ from last year’s iPad with Retina Display? Obviously, the main difference would be its weight and sexier body. It now looks more like a big iPad mini with its slim bezels and is now just 7.5mm thin (from 9.4mm). It’s also lighter for almost half a pound from the previous generation. Next would have to be the power. It’s now equipped with the same 64-bit Apple A7 processor with M7 motion coprocessor as that of the iPhone 5. Unfortunately, the difference seems to end there. It has the same Retina Display, same 5-megapixel iSight camera, and same 10-hour battery life as that of the previous iPad despite having a smaller battery. But the mere fact that Apple made the iPad thinner, lighter and powerful without sacrificing battery life makes it a compelling reason to finally upgrade your iPad from two years ago. We’ll keep you posted on how much this will retail once it officially hits our shores this year. Here’s a rundown of the specs comparison: iPad with Retina Display iPad Air 9.7-inch Retina display, 2048 x 1536 9.7-inch Retina display, 2048 x 1536 1 GHz dual-core Apple A6X 64-bit Apple A7 with M7 motion coprocessor 1GB RAM ?? 16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB 16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB 5-megapixel iSight camera 5-megapixel iSight camera 1.2-megapixel front camera 1.2-megapixel front camera Dual-Band 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi Dual-Band 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi LTE LTE Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0 241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm 240 x 169.5 x 7.5mm 652 grams (1.44 pounds) 469 grams (1 pound) 42.5-watt-hour lithium polymer 32.4-watt-hour lithium polymer SRP: starts at Php22,990 for 16GB WiFi SRP: TBD Related posts: iPad 2 set to be revealed on March 2 Apple Store PH cuts original iPad’s price by Php4,000 Apple reveals “The New iPad”, more powerful and with better graphics Introducing the iPad mini by Apple, starts at $329 iPad mini finally shows...

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iPhone 5S and 5C to be available in 62 countries by Nov 1, PH not included

Apple recently announced that they will be rolling out their iPhone 5S and 5C in two batches to more countries in the coming weeks. The first batch of roll-out for the new iPhone’s will happen on October 25 and will hit Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, French West Indies, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion Island, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and Thailand. The second batch will come less than a week later, on November 1, arriving in Albania, Armenia, Bahrain, Colombia, El Salvador, Guam, Guatemala, India, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and UAE. This brings the total number of countries where you can officially buy the new iPhones to 62. If you look closely, Philippines is left out in these massive rounds of roll-out. I guess we’re not that big of an iPhone market. This bodes well for grey market sellers who still don’t have to worry about bringing their prices down. [Apple] Related posts: iPhone 4 spotted iPhone 4 will be available on Sept. 26 via Globe Apple iPhone 3GS is back, sells for Php14,990 iPhone 5 officially unveiled, 4-inch display, faster A6 chip, and LTE support iPhone 5C arrives in local grey market with a P28k price tag First Impressions: iPhone...

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iOS7 Design: Yay or Nay?

Jun 14, 13 iOS7 Design: Yay or Nay?

Posted by in From the editor, Mobile

Apple finally bared its highly-anticipated iOS7 which sports a “stunning new user interface” according to CEO Tim Cook. It’s the first major design overhaul Apple did on the iOS since its first appearance in 2007. It boasts of a lot of new and useful features that Apple has been missing over the years, but did the new design fare? Observe the new design of the iOS7. Gone are the slightly detailed and raised icons in favor of flatter ones. However, I’m not seeing the consistency across the icons. For example, Photos, Calendar, Notes, Reminders, and Game Center have plain white background but Camera and Settings doesn’t. I think they also overdid it with those psychedelic gradients. It seems that the icons have been designed by different people. We see the Camera, Weather, and Newsstand having that “clip-art” look. Notes and Reminders looked very elementary unlike the smart design on the Passbook. Things should now be flatter but Game Center still has that 3D look. And check out the Settings icon, somehow it looks like a stove burner to me. iOS has elements with redesigned typography, having big and thin fonts on white background, like what Microsoft has been doing with some of their products. We can see this heavily implemented in Calendar, Mail, Messages, and Clock. It looks good although there are also apps that have regular Arial font on white background. The Camera’s video record button looks comically out of place with its design. While the Safari buttons looked like something taken from the pages of Android’s design book. Overall, it seems that too much cooks spoiled the broth on this one. It looks like Windows Phone’s UI on LSD with some childish-looking icons thrown in the mix. From the design standpoint, it’s a disappointment for a company that has always been known to make good-looking products. Personally, I like the well-thought of and carefully designed look of the old iOS more. At least we’re finally getting Control Center. So what do you...

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128GB iPad 4 shows up at the Apple Store, starts at P38,990

Find yourself wanting more space on your iPad to fit all those high-def TV shows you’ll be bringing on your next trip? If a 64GB iPad is still inadequate for your needs, why not go for the 128GB? The iPad with Retina Display (iPad 4) now comes in 128GB for both the WiFi and WiFi + cellular versions, and they’re already available at the online Apple Store. The 128GB WiFi version will cost you Php38,990 while the 128GB WiFi + cellular version goes for a whopping Php44,990. It’s Php5,000 more than the 64GB versions. All I can say is that if you’re going to get such device at that price, you better well use your iPad a lot (sales people and photographers). The price of the cellular version is creeping into the MacBook Air range already. So who’s biting on this one? Related posts: iPad 2 set to be revealed on March 2 Apple Store PH cuts original iPad’s price by Php4,000 Apple Store down, new iPad may be available on March 16 Apple reveals “The New iPad”, more powerful and with better graphics Introducing the iPad mini by Apple, starts at $329 iPad mini finally shows up at Apple...

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iPad mini finally shows up at Apple Store

If you’re Christmas gift request is already set, you might want to take it back because the iPad mini finally shows up at the Apple Store which means it’s coming to local resellers real soon. Check the Apple Store and you will see the iPad mini available for pre-order with a shipping date of 2 weeks, and in limited quantities. That’s next year already so you’re better off checking your nearest Apple reseller this weekend. Local pricing of the iPad mini are as follows: 16GB 32GB 64GB iPad mini WiFi P15,990 P20,990 P25,990 iPad mini WiFi+ Cellular P21,990 P26,990 P31,990 The iPad mini is really an awesome tablet that I would gladly recommend over the bigger iPad. I’ve been using mine for a couple of weeks already and it has officially replaced my iPad 2 as my primary tablet. You might want to take a look at my initial impressions on my iPad mini. Meanwhile, the iPad 4 also showed up and starts at Php23,990 which ships in just 5-7 business days. UPDATE: Power Mac Center has these new iPads already so other resellers would already have them as well. Related posts: Introducing the iPad mini by Apple, starts at $329 iPad 2 set to be revealed on March 2 Apple Store PH cuts original iPad’s price by Php4,000 Apple reveals “The New iPad”, more powerful and with better...

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iPhone 5 finally reaching Philippines on December 14

It’s finally official. Apple just announced the countries where the next wave of iPhone 5 will be landing and Philippines is included in the list. South Korea will get theirs this Friday, December 7. Then a week later, it will reach Philippines along with 32 other countries including China, Indonesia, UAE, and Bahrain. Then another week later it will be landing on 21 other countries. We were able to have lunch with executives from Smart just last week and they don’t have a clue when the iPhone 5 will arrive so as of this writing, no postpaid plans have been announced yet by the telcos.  I’m sure that they will rush to have them out within the week though so holiday shoppers can soon add the iPhone 5 on their wishlist. [Engadget] Related posts: iPhone 5 officially unveiled, 4-inch display, faster A6 chip, and LTE support iPhone 4 will be available on June 24, what’s new with it anyway? iPhone 4 spotted Apple’s iOS4 finally got jailbroken… the easy way iPhone 5 far from being the most amazing iPhone yet First Impressions: iPhone...

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Apple Store PH holds a one-day shopping event on November 23

Listen up Apple fans, our local online Apple store will be having a one-day event on November 23.  Actually, this event, in line with the Black Friday Sale in the US will start at 11:00 PM tonight until 11 PM tomorrow. So what can you get out of this shopping event? Discounts? Freebies for every purchase perhaps? Well we don’t know. However, if it’s like the one-day shopping event held early this year to welcome the Dragon Year, discounts aren’t that much and most applies to accessories that you probably won’t buy. It would be a real surprise though if we could start seeing the iPad mini and iPad 4 (as hinted on the image used) on the Apple store for this shopping event. I’m not too hopeful though but let’s just wait and see after a few hours. What’s weird here is that we’re included in this one-day sale along with Australia, UK, and US, but not other Asian countries such as Singapore and Hong Kong. UPDATE: No iPad mini nor iPad 4. Discount for the latest iPod touch is Php1,692. Overall, discounts are meh. Move along. Related posts: Power Mac Center’s iPad 2 Deals Apple to hold 1-day sale on Jan. 6 to celebrate Year of the...

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New Apple store player Futureworld opens in not your typical malls

Nov 11, 12 New Apple store player Futureworld opens in not your typical malls

Posted by in Gadgets, Tech News

A new Authorizer Apple Reseller player, Futureworld, sets up shop in SM City Masinag. That’s in Antipolo along Marcos Highway if you’re wondering. And yes it’s an odd location for a store selling premium items but it’s also an untapped one. “Our long term plan is to expand in locations with demands and needs not yet offered and catered to by other local Apple Premium Resellers, such as Antipolo and Bicutan. In the next couple of months, we will be opening branches in San Lazaro and Sta. Mesa, Manila,” says Gerald Senolos, Country Manager of Futureworld One Philippines, Inc. I just found out that you can’t have multiple Apple reseller stores in close proximity to one other. Although it’s ok to have an Authorized Reseller and an Authorized Premium Reseller in the same location. Most of the high-end malls are already occupied by top Apple shops such as Digital Hub, Power Mac Center, and iStudio so Futureworld is looking into the untapped locations. So what does Futureworld have that can’t be found in other stores? Futureworld will carry the complete line-up of Apple hardware and software, while also having exclusive distribution rights to accessories such as earphone organizer Onanoff, iOS compatible weighing scale and blood pressure monitor Withings, Incipio cases, cycling power meters like iBike, and a complete line of organization accessories from Cocoon. They also carry audio accessory brands such as House of Marley, iScott, and Logic3. Futureworld aims to become a leading retailer not only in the Philippines but also in the region. They already have branches in other Asian countries like Vietnam, Cambodia and Sri Lanka. Futureworld branches are currently located at: 2F Cyberzone SM City Masinag Marcos Highway Brgy. Mayamot Antipolo City SM Bicutan 2F Building B Dona Soledad Ave., Brgy. Don Bosco Bicutan, Paranaque City Related posts: MacBook Pro family gets an upgrade from Apple The skinny on Apple’s new iPods Apple’s new iPods are already out in the market Apple refreshes the MacBook Air, adds 11.6-inch model iPad...

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Apple: Not That Original

I guess most of us love Apple and their products. There’s just something “magical” on how they create their devices and we have Steve Jobs to thank for most of the ideas and creations Apple had over the years. Or should we? Considering Apple seems to resolve to suing their biggest rivals for copyright infringement to be on top. I recently came across this interesting piece of infographic showing that Apple is not that original as we thought they are. When it comes to the Mac, the iPhone, and iPad, and other iDevices, it’s interesting to see how they borrowed, bought or stole ideas. Check it out. Hit this link or the image below to see the whole infographic. One thing’s for sure though. Whether copied, stole, or borrowed, Apple sure do know how to make beautiful devices and market them. Thanks Edgar for the tip! Related posts: No related...

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