Power Mac Center now sells unlocked iPhone 5s and 5c

Today marks the availability of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in telcos. However, if you want yours unlocked, Power Mac Center, a reliable Apple partner in the Philippines, now carries the latest iPhone’s as well. The unlocked iPhone models provide customers with network flexibility without any subscription process or lock-in periods. It is now available in all Power Mac Centers nationwide where customers can pay cash or avail installment options.   16GB 32GB 64GB iPhone 5s P35,990 P40,990 P45,990 iPhone 5c P29,990 P34,990 N/A Power Mac Center provides free one-hour classroom training for customers who would purchase the latest iPhone models. By presenting their receipt, customers can avail of the training which allows them to learn more about the features of their new acquisition. Customers are encouraged to call the training hotline at 553-4211 or 553-9655 to schedule an appointment. Power Mac Center is also the leading Apple Premium Service Provider and Authorized Service Provider in the Philippines, servicing iPhone units that are out of warranty or voided from warranty services to ensure excellent technical support and customer satisfaction. Related posts: iPhone 5S and 5C to be available in 62 countries by Nov 1, PH not included Smart to offer the iPhone 5S and 5C beginning November 15 Globe bares new iPhone Forever Plans, lets you upgrade your old phone Apple unveils the iPhone 5C, pushes the iPhone 5 out of the picture iPhone 5C arrives in local grey market with a P28k price tag Smart releases iPhone 5s and iPhone...

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Globe bares new iPhone Forever Plans, lets you upgrade your old phone

Globe Telecom officially launched their postpaid plans for the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C which includes a gadget upgrade program that will allow you to trade in your current phone for the new iPhone for free or with a one-time cashout. What’s interesting with the iPhone Forever Plan is that as long as you maintain your plan for at least 12 months, you can upgrade to the next new iPhone once it comes out the following year by trading-in the iPhone you got from this plan. After 24 months, you can get a new iPhone just by re-contracting. Sounds good? Now to avail of the promo, you must first choose which iPhone Forever Plan you wish to subscribe to. iPhone Forever Plans IPF Plan 1599 IPF Plan 1999 IPF Plan 2999 IPF Plan 5599 IPF Plan 6999 Free gadget iPhone 5C (16GB) iPhone 5S (16GB) iPhone 5S (16GB) iPhone 5C or 5S (32GB) iPhone 5S 64GB Membership N/A N/A N/A Platinum BLUE Platinum BLUE Contract Period 24 months 24 months 24 months 24 months 24 months Consumable Amount P601 P601 P101 N/A P1,000 (International & Roaming) Freebies 1GB PowerSurf LTE 1GB PowerSurf LTE Unli LTE Surf Unli Calls & Texts to Globe/TM numbers Unli LTE Surf Unli ALL NET Calls & Texts Unli LTE Surf Unli ALL NET Calls & Texts Consumable Roaming If you’re wondering about the Platinum BLUE membership, it entitles postpaid subscribers exclusive access to a dedicated Platinum hotline, priority handling in Globe Stores, discounts and privileges in handpicked partner establishments and nationwide concierge assistance. Next, pay a one-time cashout depending on the tier of your current device. Trade-In Gadget Trade-In Cashout Tier 1: iPhone 5, iPhone 4S FREE Tier 2: iPhone 4, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, BlackBerry Q10, HTC One P4,999 Tier 3: iPhone 3GS, Samsung Galaxy S3, BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry Curve/Bold/Torch, Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, Nokia Lumia P9,999 Tier 4: All other gadgets P11,999 Tier 5: No trade-in P12,999 Regular Postpaid Plans for new iPhone Now...

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Smart to offer the iPhone 5S and 5C beginning November 15

For those who are interested in owning the iPhone 5S or the iPhone 5C, Smart is offering them beginning this November 15. Pre-order page is up and if you’re interested, you can register on this page. It’s not yet revealed how much you can get the phone on what plan but it’s safe to assume that the iPhone 5S will follow the same price/plan scheme as the iPhone 5 where the 16GB is free for Plan 2499 and Unli Data 3000 for 24 months. The iPhone 5S is the latest flagship phone from Apple having a new 64-bit A7 chip and a built-in fingerprint scanner. The iPhone 5C is the less expensive iPhone and basically has the same specs as that of iPhone 5 but with colorful polycarbonate body instead of aluminum. Related posts: iPhone 5S and 5C to be available in 62 countries by Nov 1, PH not included New Unli call and text option for Smart prepaid subscribers iPhone Sale from Globe only this weekend at SM Megamall Samsung Galaxy Note 2 FREE on Smart’s Plan 2000 or Globe’s Plan 2499 HTC Windows Phone 8X now available for free on Smart Unlidata Plan 2000 Smart’s All-In Plan 1800 will now get you the Samsung Galaxy Note...

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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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First Impressions: iPhone 5S

Sep 26, 13 First Impressions: iPhone 5S

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Got the chance earlier to briefly play with the successor of the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5S, and here are my first impression about this new iPhone. Physically, the iPhone 5S feels and looks similar to the iPhone 5. Same aluminum construction, same size, same finish. The only difference would be is the dual LED flash found on the iPhone 5S, and also the addition of the Gold color. Internally is where the updates on the iPhone 5S happens, but not by much as expected from a minor update. It now uses a 64-bit 1.7GHz dual-core A7 chip which they claim gives twice the CPU and graphics performance as the previous chip. I wasn’t able to feel the boost from launching a few apps or navigating within iOS7 because the iPhone 5 doesn’t lag as well. What I noticed though is that the new chip made the camera perform faster. In fact, the iOS7 camera app will show the slow-mo option for video recording when using the iPhone 5S, but is not available on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5S also shoots faster burst photos compared to the iPhone 5. Other expected improvement would be the battery life but it was impossible for me to check that in just a limited amount of time. Another notable addition would be the Touch ID fingerprint scanner on the Home button allowing you unlock your phone simply by resting your thumb on it. No more pesky passcodes but there’s about a second delay before the screen unlocks. Oh it also works with your elbow, your nipple, or any part of the body with unique, distinguishable lines. Although, I don’t know why you would want to have those as your security print. Obviously, aside from Touch ID, there’s no clear reason why you would want to upgrade from your iPhone 5. Well unless you want that gold iPhone. The iPhone 5S was made for those coming from an iPhone 4/4S or those new to iPhone. The iPhone 5S...

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iPhone 5C arrives in local grey market with a P28k price tag

When Apple announced the iPhone 5C, a lot of people thought that current iPhones are now made affordable. But just how cheap are we talking about? Well I wouldn’t call the plastic iPhone cheap or affordable at the moment having a price of around Php28k in the local grey market. Locally, the colorful iPhone 5C can be availed at Kimstore for Php28,180 which comes in white, blue, green, yellow, and pink. Widget City is also carrying the said device for Php28,500. If you buy it from Hong Kong, expect to pay around Php26,000 so it’s still not that cheap at all. The iPhone 5C replaces the iPhone 5 in Apple’s stable. It’s very similar to the iPhone 5 in terms of specs with minor differences in the front-facing camera and the battery. Physically, you’ll get a less premium-looking iPhone but with more color options if that’s your thing. Well, the iPhone 5C is still not within reach for a lot of people looking to get their hands on an iPhone. At that price, you’d rather want to get the iPhone 5 (if you can find one) or add some more cash and wait for the iPhone 5S. Related posts: Apple unveils the iPhone 5C, pushes the iPhone 5 out of the...

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Apple unveils the iPhone 5C, pushes the iPhone 5 out of the picture

Apple officially unveiled one of their newest iPhone earlier today, the iPhone 5C, where “C” stands for color as it comes in five different colors: Pink, Yellow, Blue, Green, and White. It’s also going to be the affordable version of the iPhone having a polycarbonate shell instead of the usual aluminum. The iPhone 5C is going to be thicker than the current iPhone 5 and will have slightly rounded corners. The single polycarbonate body will have a flat, shiny back. This move to the use of a less-premium material will allow Apple to compete with Samsung and Huawei in emerging markets, giving budget-conscious consumers a taste of the iPhone experience. But how does it differ from the current iPhone 5 internally? Well it won’t. It effectively replaces the iPhone 5 which is now discontinued. It has the same screen size and resolution, same A6 chip, same 8-megapixel camera, and same support for LTE. The iPhone 5C won’t come in a 64GB capacity though and it’s slightly heavier than the iPhone 5 but it will have a slightly bigger battery and better front-facing cam. No dates have been announced yet for its availability here in the Philippines but expect the unlocked 16GB model to be priced in the Php26k range and the 32GB in the Php32k range (same price as the 16GB iPhone 5S). Related posts: iPhone 5 officially unveiled, 4-inch display, faster A6 chip, and LTE support iPhone 5 finally reaching Philippines on December...

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Apple iOS 7 starts rolling out on September 18

Well the Apple event didn’t give much surprise any more considering all the leaks on the net for the next iPhones. For old iPhone users though, the focus is on iOS 7 which Apple confirmed will be available starting on September 18. iOS 7 is not your usual software update as it comes with a radical UI redesign that might surprise you. iOS 7 is now flatter in design but more colorful, psychedelically even. New icons and animations are also introduced in this update. On the software side, Apple revamped the Mail, Calendar, Music, Photo, and the Camera app. Notable update aside from the looks would be the new Command Center which now gives you easy access to some useful settings. There’s also a new multitasking view, notification center, and Siri has been improved and can now speak to you with a male or female voice. The iOS 7 update will be available on the iPhone 4, 4S, 5, iPod Touch 5th Gen, iPad 2, iPad with Retina, and the iPad mini. Related posts: No related...

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Apple release iOS 6.1.1, fixes cellular issues on iPhone 4S

It was just two weeks ago that Apple released the iOS 6.1 update enabling LTE to iPhone 5 units here in the country. Although the update appears on a number of devices, there are no significant changes that would benefit these devices locally. A curious thing happened for iPhone 4S users who updated their iOS to 6.1 though. As observed by a lot of iPhone 4S users in Philmug, cellular performance on their units somewhat degraded after the update. For some, in areas where they usually get 3G speeds, they would only be getting just EDGE  (2G) speeds. The iOS 6.1.1 is made specifically to address this issue. According to Apple’s software update page, this 23 MB update (for iOS 6.1 users) fixes an issue that could impact cellular performance and reliability for iPhone 4S. Related posts: Adobe Flash Video will soon be available to iPhones and iPads Apple’s 12 days of Christmas gives you free stuff for your iOS...

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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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