[First Impressions] Apple’s iPhone 6

September 22, 2014  |  Apple, Impressions, iPhone, Reviews

Apple’s latest iPhone 5s successor has finally arrived, the iPhone 6, and I am proud to have received my unit late Saturday night, just one day after its international launch in the US, UK, France, Australia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, and Singapore. More countries will be seeing a release date this weekend hopefully including the Middle East countries of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. The availability of the iPhone 6 is vast and if you order now on the Apple US Store you might receive your unit within 7-10 days while the iPhone 6 Plus is looking at a shortage in stock and is experiencing a 3-4 week delay in shipping. But enough about that, let’s talk about what I thought the minute I laid my eyes on this beautiful beast.

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LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

It is no secret that I am insanely crazy about Apple and all of its products but with the iPhone 6, I saw that the craftsmanship and build quality we are used to from Apple has greatly improved. The feel of the device when taking it out of the box leaves you baffled and well to be honest with your mouth touching the floor from how shockingly beautiful it is. To say that the device is slim is an understatement, to even label it as beautiful is a crime, it is beyond that. The slimness of the device and lightness to it (although it is slightly heavier than the iPhone 5s but now that it is longer and bigger the weight is well distributed) leave you just baffled. One thing I loved is the feel of the screen and the metal enclosure.

Beyond beautiful, beyond exquisite is what I would label this device.

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[Apple] iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus Price List

September 10, 2014  |  Apple, iPhone

Something I wished to share with you all is a price list I have combined from the Apple Online Stores in the US, UK, Hong Kong, Australia, Germany, Italy, and United Arab Emirates.  You see prices are available now and I thought what better way than to compare and provide you with a reference so when the phones arrive in Kuwait you will know exactly how much the mark-up is.

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The US, UK, Hong Kong, Australia and Germany will all be getting the iPhone on September 19 with the pre-order starting on September 12.  While Italy will have it available on September 26 and United Arab Emirates on September 27.  KSA and Qatar have also been announced to have the iPhone available on September 25 but no price list has been made available as they will be provided by telecom companies.

Note: US Prices are available (Without Tax) and (With a calculated NYC tax).  The US T-Mobile Contract-Free model will work in Kuwait and is the Unlocked version.

Many of you asked how I place my orders?  Well I go to Apple.com US Store, select one of the T-Mobile (Contract Free) models and pay with my American-Issued Credit Card and have it shipped to my sister’s apartment in NYC and she then ships it to me via FedEx.  Ordering to Aramex is not a guarantee for you, as orders might be cancelled.  However, Borderlinx DHL addresses and MyUS addresses should be fine as I placed orders before shipping to them.  You are also limited to two devices per person.

Personally I’m grabbing the iPhone 6 128GB in Champagne Gold first while I wait for the iPhone 6 Plus to be available at my telecom and purchase that on contract.  What about you guys?  Hope this helped?

[Apple] Apple Watch Announced Today

September 10, 2014  |  Apple, I want.., New Products

Apple finally brought the “One more thing” back with the announcement of the Apple Watch.  This watch is one of the most beautiful watches I have ever seen.  The slight glitch here though is that it won’t be available until Early 2015 but hey that means I get to have more time to save up and grab it! The watch us designed to be both fashionable and functional and comes with six different types of watch straps that are interchangeable.  The price starts at $349 and goes up with each different watch face/edition.  We were given a glimpse into the life of the Apple Watch and here is what’s up with it.

The  Watch

  • Six different watch face colors and materials: Stainless Steel, Silver Aluminum, 18-Karat Yellow Gold, Space Black Stainless Steel, Space Grey Aluminum, and 18-Karat Rose Gold
  • Three Collections also available:
    • Watch Collection: Stainless Steel or Black Stainless Steel cases with range of metal and leather bands
    • Watch Sport Collection: Anodized Aluminum cases in silver or space gray with colorful, durable bands
    • Watch Edition: 18-Karat Gold cases in Yellow or Rose with exquisitely crafted bands and closures
  • Two sizes: 38mm and 42mm
  • Sapphire display with a touch screen
  • Digital Crown as a method of navigation or “home button” on the watch
  • Pressure-sensing technology
  • Taptic Engine
  • New S1 processor
  • Magsafe Wireless charging through the back zirconia crafted four sapphire lenses which also detect pulse rate
  • Gyroscope and accelerometer which means it can replace fitness bands
  • Fitness and Workout apps available
  • NFC for Apple Pay support.

Personally I’m dying here waiting for this beautiful watch! It’s insanely gorgeous and I have never seen anything that beautiful ever! I’m debating highly getting the rose-gold edition with a couple of straps but have to see how pricing works out there.  Couldn’t Early 2015 come here sooner!

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[Apple] iPhone 6 and iPhone 6Plus Announced

September 10, 2014  |  Apple, iPhone, New Products

In today’s special Apple event we witnessed another milestone in the iPhone history. We were introduced to the new larger, thinner, and insanely better iPhones. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6Plus. Both phones will be available for pre-order on September 12 (this Friday) and available for purchase on September 19. iOS8 will be available as a free download on September 17.

What’s new in the iPhones?

  • Retina HD display (The 6 will have 1334 x 750 display at 326 ppi & 6Plus will have 1920 x 1080 at 401 pip).  That means they will have up to 2 million more pixels than existing phones
  • Next generation 64-bit A8 chip which delivers 25% faster CPU performance and 50% more energy efficient
  • Next generation M8 processor with a new barometer that calculates steps, stairs, calories, etc.
  • 20 LTE Bands with higher speeds and VoLTE (Voice over LTE) technology
  • 3 times faster Wifi with Wifi Calling
  • Thin (The 6 will be 6.9mm thin while the 6Plus is 7.1mm)
  • Battery life (The 6 has Up to 14hrs talk time on 3G, 6Plus has 24hrs talk time on 3G)
  • New Camera System with new 8MP sensor, along with circular true-tone flash, and FOCUS PIXEL technology which gets better autofocus points.  As well as Image stabilization system (digital in the iPhone 6 and optical in the iPhone 6Plus)
  • Video capabilities have improved where they both shoot in 1080P at 30fps and 60fps, along with 240fps for slo-mo video.
  • Front-facing FaceTimeHD has a new sensor with f2.2 aperture that lets in 81% more light. SELFIES ARE BETTER NOW!
  • Both come in three colors: Space Grey, Silver, and Gold
  • Both come in three sizes: 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB (no more 32GB!)

Prices are:

iPhone 6

16GB [$649] around 187 KWD (without tax and shipping)

64GB [$749] around 215 KWD (without tax and shipping)

128GB [$849] around 244 KWD (without tax and shipping)

iPhone 6Plus

16GB [$749] around 215 KWD (without tax and shipping)

64GB [$849] around 244 KWD (without tax and shipping)

128GB [$949] around 273 KWD (without tax and shipping)

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Happy iPhone Announcement Day

September 9, 2014  |  Apple, iPhone

It’s that time of the year, fall, when the leaves start falling and Apple prepares to announce their latest iPhone! I can’t bloody wait for the announcement!

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You can watch a live stream of the event over at Apple.com/Live or follow some gadget blogs such as Engadget, Gizmodo, TheVerge, or MacRumors.  I will personally be live tweeting the event over on Twitter, so be sure to follow me @Jacquies!

I apologize in advance for the flood of iPhone related tweets and going fanboy crazy :P

[Apple] WWDC14 Brings Us iOS 8 & OS X Yosemite

June 3, 2014  |  Apple, iPad, iPhone, New Products, Techie

Last night, June 2nd was the opening keynote of Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Convention (WWDC) 2014 Edition, this convention being the company’s 25th held special surprises for developers as well as the end user consumer.  Tim Cook took the stage to introduce us to the new Operating System (OS X) Yosemite which was so close to being called OSX Weed :P as well as the iOS 8 both of which will be coming to everyone this Fall and will be available as a free upgrade.

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So you’re probably interested in what each update contained, well I will summarize it to the bone (hopefully) and this should be easy for you guys to follow along. Although Tim Cook was the main keynote speaker when it came to announcing the new software products, Craig Federighi was the man of the hour who took to explaining what each OS had in terms of “What’s New” and made us laugh hilariously along the way.

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The Day I Met Steve Wozniak in Kuwait

December 15, 2013  |  Apple, Events, Techie

The day I met Steve Wozniak (@stevewoz) was a very very special day! Thanks to an invitation by Zain Telecom, I was invited on November 18th to attend a private conference for Zain Staff & Bloggers presented by Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple Computers.  In this conference we were given another glimpse into the beginnings of Apple and how they started a small business in a garage and it grew to be one of the most successful businesses in this day and age.

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Funny thing though, I was in New York 2 days before the conference and heading back home (the only reason I’ve cut both of my trips to New York short this year was because of the Zain Events really hehe :P) and on my way back I was flying Kuwait Airways.  The moment I stepped on the plane, who do I see right there sitting in First Class, the very first seat?

Steve Wozniak himself!

I was star-struck to say the least and wanted to say Hello, I’m a huge fan but felt a bit shy especially since it’s going to be a long flight and I felt I would be disturbing him and interrupting his personal time.  Hence, I just stayed quiet, found my seat and spent the rest of the flight wondering if I should go up there and say hello, when I finally decided I would I thought I’d see him when we landed at the baggage check-in but something happened and he was whisked away quickly before I got a chance to see him really. But it was one hell of an experience.

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