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.
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.
So it’s official this weekend Apple will see the roll out of the iPhone 5s and 5c in the Gulf region starting with the below countries.
Friday, November 1st:
- Saudi Arabia
Friday, November 15th:
Both Zain has started taking Pre-Orders and Viva will be taking them soon on their respective websites so if you’re looking to get any of the new devices at a much cheaper price than the current grey market prices be sure to check them out.
This is the first time I take so long to recapping an Apple Event, and I am shocked by my actions, therefore I will punish myself with NO CAKE! :P Just kidding, anyways let’s get down to it, there will be two posts really to showcase everything that I want to talk about. First on the list, Apple has finally given the iPad a drastic new image to follow it’s younger sibling the iPad mini.
Many of you probably heard (unless you live under a rock) about Apple’s next generation flagship phone which they dubbed the ‘iPhone 5s‘. It was announced this past September and shipped pretty close to the end of the month. I personally received my lovely unit this past Sunday and have been using it ever since. Many of you have asked me whether this upgrade is a must have or a skip for now? Well I will answer that in this small review. Nothing too technical will be here and of course nothing too long so let’s get to it.
What are the major updates with this new generation?
- Speed: The first 64-bit chipset to be installed in a smartphone.
- Camera: A new 5-element lens with f/2.2 aperture and a sensor that is 15% larger than the current one on the iPhone 5, as well as a dual-LED “True Tone” flash that will adapt to the existing lighting to provide better colors and more accurate skin tones.
- Touch ID: A fingerprint sensor built into the home button which will scan your print and unlock the iPhone as well as authorize iTunes purchases.
It seems that this post writes itself every year at around the same time. While I sit here wait for my pre-ordered iPhone to ship and arrive safely in my hands, black market resellers are basically gauging out your pockets and bleeding you dry with the insane prices. I was talking to a friend earlier today and heard that the prices have sky rocketed especially for the Goldpagne iPhone 5s which is now selling at 400 KD for the 16GB model which is pretty much a rip-off.
The best prices however that I have seen are with Mobile 2000 who have limited stock but are closer to the UK prices than ever, especially if you don’t factor in the shipping.
Prepare yourselves, iOS 7 should be available for download between 7-9 PM KWT (GMT +3) time. I’ve been using it for the past three months and I can’t fall in love with it more than I have. Everything is just easier and fresher.
Before you update be sure to back up your device whether it is on the iCloud or on your iTunes connected computer. Once the update appears download and update and hopefully you won’t lose anything.
For those of you who have been beta testers, well all you need to do is back up your phone, download the Gold Master from the iOS Developers page and restore your iOS device by using the last back up you created.
Happy iOS 7 Day!
Note: iOS 7 is compatibable with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPod touch 5th generation+, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, and iPad mini.
Just prepared the official price sheet of the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S models based on the Apple UK Store pricing and as you can see when converted to Kuwaiti Dinars it comes out to be as follows:
The iPhone 5S will be available for:
- 16 GB – £549 (Roughly 248 KD)
- 32 GB - £629 (Roughly 284 KD)
- 64 GB - £709 (Roughly 319 KD)
The iPhone 5C will be available for:
- 16 GB - £469 (Roughly 212 KD)
- 32 GB - £549 (Roughly 248 KD)
Prices include VAT (aka taxes) and both phones will be available on sale on September 20th.