[Apple] 27″ Retina iMac & Faster Mac Mini Announced

October 19, 2014  |  Apple, New Products

I know it has been a few days since I completed my Apple’s Special Event post, but better late than never.  Apple held an event last Thursday, October 16th in which they announced the new iPad Air 2 and the slightly refreshed iPad mini 3 (which after consideration finds only two updates and that is a new colors and Touch ID, otherwise everything is exactly the same as the iPad mini 2, therefore it’s not smart to purchase.  Anyways, Apple also unveiled the new iMac with 5K Retina Display and finally refreshed the Mac Mini.

What’s new in the iMac with 5K Retina Display?

  • 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display, carrying a resolution of 5120 x 2880 pixels.  This means an improved contrast, viewing angles, and color accuracy on the iMac. This is just beyond gorgeous!
  • It features the fourth generation Intel Core processors and comes with the standard quad-core 3.5GHz Intel Core i5 processor, it is upgradable to a quad-core 4.0GHz Intel Core i7 processor.
  • Features AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics processor
  • Comes standard with 1TB Fusion drive (upgradable to 3TB)
  • Comes with Thunderbolt 2 and Faster Wi-Fi

Pricing starts at $2499 (730 KWD) for the stock model featuring: 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 1 TB Fusion Drive, and AMD Radeon R9 M290X with 2GB video memory.  It is available for purchase NOW. [Buy iMac with Retina 5K Display]

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[Apple] iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 Announced

October 17, 2014  |  Apple, I want.., iPad, New Products

Apple held a special event today where they announced updates in the iPad line-up as well as the Mac line-up.  In this post we will discuss the updates with the iOS devices.

Before the announcement of iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, we were given information that iOS 8.1 will be released next Monday, October 20th it will have some improvements to the things that iOS  8 broke when we last updated and bring back things such as the “Camera Roll”, activate Apple Pay (working in the US currently only) and introduce iCloud Photo Library .  This update is free and should hit the airwaves next monday.

What’s new in the iPad Air 2?

  • It is now THINNER at 6.1 mm instead of 7.5 mm on the iPad Air 1.
  • TOUCH ID has been enabled right now which helps you use APPLE PAY as well (however no NFC support).
  • The display has been revamped with the use a of GAPLESS LAMINATED DISPLAY PANEL which helps produce sharper images and covered with ANTI-REFLECTIVE COATING that makes it 56% less reflective.
  • A new faster A8X processor is under the hood giving it faster performance and faster graphics.
  • The CAMERA has been updated with 8-megapixel iSIGHT CAMERA with 1.12 micron pixels, f2.4 and 1080P HD videos.  The FaceTimeHD camera also received an update and basically both cameras now can do everything your iPhone 6 can (i.e. Burst-mode,  Slo-Mo, Timelapse, Selfie Burst, HDR photos and HDR videos.
  • FASTER WIFI & MORE LTE BANDS are available.
  • BATTERY LIFE is at 10 hours
  • M8 Processor to give you better accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, and an all-new barometer that senses air pressure to determine relative elevation.
  • Comes in three colors: Gold, Silver, and Space Grey.  In three sizes 16 GB, 64 GB, and 128GB.  In either Wi-Fi only model or Cellular + Wi-Fi model.
  • Pre-orders tomorrow Friday OCT 17, Shipping by end of next week.

What’s new in the iPad mini 3?

  • Screen Shot 2014-10-17 at 1.52.52 AMTouch ID Home button
  • GOLD Color option
  • Comes in three colors: Gold, Silver, and Space Grey.  In three sizes 16 GB, 64 GB, and 128GB.  In either Wi-Fi only model or Cellular + Wi-Fi model.
  • Pre-orders tomorrow Friday OCT 17, Shipping by end of next week.

Everything else is pretty much the same as the iPad mini 2 (with Retina Display).

 

Prices are:

iPad Air 2

  • 16GB Wi-Fi Only [$499] around 146 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 64 GB Wi-Fi Only [$599] around 175 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 128 GB Wi-Fi Only [$699] around 205 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 16 GB Cellular + Wi-Fi [$629] around 184 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 64 GB Cellular + Wi-Fi [$729] around 215 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 128 GB Cellular + Wi-Fi [$829] around 242 KWD (without tax and shipping)

iPad mini 3

  • 16GB Wi-Fi Only [$399] around 117 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 64 GB Wi-Fi Only [$499] around 146 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 128 GB Wi-Fi Only [$599] around 175 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 16 GB Cellular + Wi-Fi [$629] around 155 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 64 GB Cellular + Wi-Fi [$729] around 184 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 128 GB Cellular + Wi-Fi [$829] around 212 KWD (without tax and shipping)

Personally, I’m grabbing the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 both in Gold color, 128GB Wi-Fi only models.  I find that I don’t use the LTE model at all so why pay the extra $130.

Don’t Ignore Your iPhone 6 or It’ll Kill Itself

September 30, 2014  |  Apple, iPhone

Watching this video had me on the edge of my seat.  I was constantly yelling at the screen “NO NO NO NO!” I felt as if I was watching a horror movie and the killer was about to do something to our heroes.  Apparently because of the smoothness of your iPhone 6 if you leave it on the edge of a glass table and ignore its ringing it might decide to kill itself.  So be careful and don’t leave your phone unattended, or better yet protect it with a case!

[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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