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Here’s everything Apple unveiled today: iPhone Xs, Xs Max, XR and Apple Watch Series 4

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The successors to 2017’s lineup of iPhones are officially here. This year, Apple will be offering three new models based off the iPhone X design. Yep, this means that Touch ID and the home button are now officially relics of the past.

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The first two models in the 2018 lineup are the 5.8-inch Xs and the 6.5-inch Xs Max (pronounced 10S and 10S Max). Both feature gorgeous Super Retina OLED panels and come with the new A12 chip that’s 50% faster than the X.

Camera hardware has been slightly updated as well. Both phones now have a faster sensor in the 7MP front camera and a larger rear sensor in the rear 12MP main lens with improved true-tone flash. The big improvements come on the software front thanks to the A12 chip’s processing power. The Xs and Xs Max now come with a new smart HDR feature with zero shutter lag, allowing for more dynamic photos in any lighting.

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For the first time, you will be able to manually edit depth of field in portrait mode photos. For video enthusiasts, you can now natively record sound in stereo thanks to a new four microphone set-up.

Both phones will also have marginal improvements to battery lives over the X. Dual SIM also comes to the iPhone in the form of eSIM (currently only supported by Singtel). This means you will be able to keep two different phone numbers and plans on the same phone, perfect for when you’re travelling. China models will be getting a physical dual SIM card tray instead of eSIM.

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Rounding up the 2018 lineup is the 6.1-inch iPhone XR (pronounced 10R) that comes in a slew of fun colours. Although it is aimed to be the budget model, the XR still packs the X’s form factor and most importantly, Face ID.

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Instead of an OLED panel, the XR comes with what Apple touts as the most advanced LED display – Liquid Retina. It will use aluminium and glass casing rather than the stainless steel found on the X.

Although the XR only has a single 12MP camera with OIS, portrait mode is still a possibility thanks to the software. Additionally, the XR will also able to edit depth of field like the Xs.

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On the watch front (pun: intended), the Series 4 will also be making its debut with a 32% bigger screen, slimmer form factor and louder speakers. The Series 4 watch face (pictured) will allow for more complications. On the hardware front, the Digital Crown now packs a haptic feedback motor for a more connected user experience.

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Thanks to the updated gyroscope and accelerometer, the Series 4 will also be able to detect when you fall and send for help. You will now be able to take an electrocardiogram  reading right from your watch as well simply by putting your finger on the Digital Crown.

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Lastly, on the software front, iOS12 will be dropping a week from now (September 17), while Mac OS Mojave will drop in two weeks (September 24). iOS12 brings with it a ton of quality of life improvements such as improved performance and grouped notifications. There will also be new features like Memoji (customisable Animoji), screen time statistics and control, and Siri Shortcuts. Mac OS Mojave comes with the much anticipated Dark Mode, among other improvements.

Pricing and launch

Xs and Xs Max will come in 64gb, 256gb and 512gb configurations. Xs will set you back SGD$1649, SGD$1889 and SGD$2199 respectively, while the Xs Max will set you back SGD$1799, SGD$2039 and SGD$2349 respectively. Both are available in Silver, Space Grey and a brand new Gold colourway. Preorders will begin September 14, at 301pm via the Apple website, and ships starting September 21.

Xr will come in 64gb, 128gb and 256gb configurations at SGD$1229, SGD$1299 and SGD$1469 respectively. Choose from six distinct colourways: white, black, blue, yellow, coral and PRODUCT(RED). Preorders will begin on October 19, at 301pm via the Apple website.

Series 4 will start at SGD$599 for the base non-cellular model, and SGD$749 for the cellular model (note: currently, only Singtel offers plans for the cellular model). The Series 4 drops on September 21.

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Huawei will be selling their phones at $54 to Singaporeans who are aged 50 and above from 26 to 28 July 2019

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Huawei has been in the news a lot recently for multiple reasons, both good and bad.

However, we have some good news for you this time around!

In celebration of Singapore’s 54th birthday, Huawei will be having a promotion for their Y6 Pro 2019 model, which will be going for just $54 (U.P. $54).

There is a catch though: you have to be aged 50 and above.

The promotion will be from 26 July 2019 (Friday) to 28 July 2019 (Sunday) and the colours that are available on offer are Midnight Black and Amber.

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You can get your hands on this insanely good deal at any of Huawei’s concept stores in Singapore as well as selected Challenger and Courts outlets.

The phones will be available while stocks last so if you are of age and you’ve been eyeing this phone model for quite some time, we recommend that you get your hands on it ASAP before it’s too late!

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Terms and Conditions:

  • Original NRICs must be produced.
  • Limited to 2 sets per customer.
  • You can purchase the phone for your parents who are 50 years old and above if you bring their NRICs and they do not need to be present.
  • This promotion is not tied to the signing up of any mobile line, so there isn’t any contract.

Photo credits: Huawei and Singapore Atrium Sale

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Apple Opens Second SG Store in Jewel Changi Airport on 13 July: Here’s What To Expect

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Apple fans rejoice! Two years after the opening of their first Singapore store in Orchard Road, Apple has announced that they will be opening a second store in Jewel Changi Airport.

Details of the opening, which will take place at 10am on 13 July, have been fairly sparse with the tech-giant only posting this exciting announcement on their official website:

If you click around a bit, you will see that Apple has released a list of scheduled events that will be happening at the new store on 13 July. Here are some highlights that you have to check out:

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If you’re a graphic designer or looking to pick up some skills, join Apple’s Art Skills: Getting Started with Procreate class from 12 to 1pm or their Design Lab: Drawing Treehouses Co⁠-⁠created with Foster + Partners
class. These classes will introduce you to Procreate and Design Lab, and show you how to get the best out of it.

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For photography addicts, check out Apple’s Photo Skills: Photography on iPhone or their Photo Skills: Editing Techniques classes. These classes will give you a hands-on lesson in taking the best photos using your iPhone and then how to edit them so they are totally insta-ready! If you fancy taking a walk, join their Photo Walk: The Magic of Jewel Changi Airport where the Apple team will take you around Jewel and show you how to properly capture its beauty.

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Fancy picking up some coding skills? Make sure you check out their super beginner friendly Coding Skills: Programming Robots with Swift Playgrounds classes. These run for 30 minutes at a time.

For more information on the classes offered at Apple, check out Today At Apple.

Location: Jewel Changi Airport
Address:78 Airport Boulevard Singapore, 819666
Date: 13 July

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Here’s everything Apple announced today: MacBook Air, Mac mini and new iPad Pros

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Nope, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. Apple has finally refreshed the long-neglected MacBook Air and Mac mini, both of which haven’t seen upgrades for over three years. Along with the new iPad Pro lineup, prepare to empty your pockets for the holiday season.

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MacBook Air

It’s no secret that the Air has been left for dead since the introduction of the MacBook in 2015. Still, as the entry-level Mac device and lightest option on the market, the Air remained a popular option, so popular in fact that Tim Cook started his presentation by calling it the most loved laptop ever.

The Air receives a slew of upgrades to bring it in line with modern technology, the most noticeable change being the inclusion of a Retina display. Retina displays have been a staple of the Mac lineup since 2012 but were long missing on the Air range. The giant bezels of 2015 are also gone, and the body is now made of 100% recyclable aluminium.

Touch ID will also be making its way to the new Air, along with Apple’s prized butterfly switch keyboard.

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Specs wise, the Air ships with Intel Core i5, up to 1.5TB SSD storage and up to 16GB of RAM. Battery life is expected to last up to 12 hours.

The new MacBook Air ships November 7, with the base model starting at SGD$1789.

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Mac mini

The Mac mini will also be receiving a much needed refresh. Now sporting the space grey finish we’ve all come to love, the Mac mini has also been made of 100% recyclable aluminium.

Performance is the biggest change here, with almost fives times better performance than the previous iteration. This is thanks to the updated four-core Intel 8th gen processors (with an option for six-cores) up to 64GB of RAM and 2TB of storage. Connectivity is the same with four Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB-A ports, HDMI, Ethernet and yes, a headphone jack.

The new Mac mini’s local release date is currently unknown, but will start at SGD$1179 for the base model.

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iPad Pro

This is what the future looks like, notchless and near bezel-less. And yes, the home button and Touch ID are officially gone too. Face ID comes to the iPad Pro, with the sensors resting in the top bezel. Unlike the iPhones however, Face ID will also work horizontally on the iPad Pro.

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The new iPad Pro is powered by Apple’s A12X Bionic chip that houses an eight-core CPU and seven-core GPU, with up to 1TB of storage. This means the iPad Pro outclasses nearly every other portable PC, while delivering Xbox One S levels of graphic performance. Apple will also be moving away from the Lightning cable in favour of USB-C, allowing it to charge a connected iPhone or connect to external displays.

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Together with the iPad Pro comes a redesigned Apple Pencil. The new Pencil now charges wirelessly when connected to the iPad, and tapping the screen with the Pencil wakes the device and launches Notes.app immediately. Additional third party gestures can be configured to the side of the Pencil once developers start updating their applications.

The iPad Pro launches November 7, with the base 11″ model starting at SGD$1199 and the base 12″ model starting at SGD$1499.

The second generation Apple Pencil launches with the iPad Pro for SGD$189.

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