News & Reviews: Apple iPhone 5S Malaysia launch
Last Updated: Dec 26, 2013
The Apple iPhone 5S has been out in the market for quite some time. Bringing about a fairly big hardware upgrade over the previous Apple iPhone 5 with the 64-bit A7 processor and chipset along with a number of other upgrades, benchmarks of the iPhone 5S have been quite good in terms of performance. However, it has taken some time for complete battery benchmarks to be done. These battery benchmarks have since been done and the short answer is that the iPhone 5S is a bit more energy efficient than the iPhone 5 with a 5 hour or so battery life compared to the previous version. Bear in mind that this is on really heavy usage and that usuallyt, on normal usage, most users can expect about 10 hours or so worth of battery time on a single charge. This still isn't good enough to take out the battery life champion nor some of the other smartphones in the same price range but it does offer some measure of improvement over the previous iPhone.
Last Updated: Dec 16, 2013
Right after they made the 24-carat gold plated Apple iPad Air and Apple iPad mini with Retina Display, Goldgenie have come out with a 24-carat gold plated Apple iPhone 5S almost completely covered in Swarovski Crystals. This new bling covered version is called the Apple iPhone 5S Supernova with the 16GB versions costing RM20225. While it isn't the first time someone has come out with a crystal covered smartphone the sheer number of crystals on the Goldgenie Apple iPhone 5S Supernova is almost too much, but if you like a shiny disco ball smartphone then this is perfect for you. You can get the 32GB version for another RM500 or so and the 64GB for another RM1000 or so. As usual, Goldgenie will also include a nicely laquered Cherry Oak wooden box to put the bling encrusted gold Supernova Apple iPhone. Check out the pics for yourself in the article.
Last Updated: Oct 30, 2013
Celcom looks to be having a midnight Apple iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C launch like usual as they just put out the invite for tonight to be held at the Blue Cube at Sunway Pyramid. As an incentive for those wanting to pick up the latest Apple iPhone under a Celcom subscription, Celcom are offering a number of freebies for the first 100 customers which includes an Apple iPhone case, a Self-repairing screen protector worth RM150 and either an RM500 voucher or Mystery Gift. While the Phone case and screen protector seems obvious the choice of either an RM500 voucher or a Mystery gift indicates that there could be some sort of lucky draw amongst the 100 early-bird subscribers. The event is set to start at 8pm today, so there should be time enough to pick up some supplies and wait for midnight.
Last Updated: Oct 29, 2013
Machines has recently confirmed the availability of the Apple iPhone 5S in Malaysia as 31 October 2013, at least for all the Machines stores. To help illustrate this for all the possible buyers, they've created a chart which they will update regularly and which you can see from the Source. The chart on the page has been updated but do let the folks at Machines know if you spot any errors. The most coveted (and likely most expensive) 64GB Gold version is only available at the KLCC and JBTC shops so if you're within that area or are heading there for that purpose on 31 October 2013, be warned about a possible shortage if you get late in line.
Last Updated: Oct 23, 2013
On top of all the other Apple announcements, the Apple Malaysia store managed to put in the pricing for the Apple iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C and the previous Apple iPad mini (with no Retina Display). As the images show these are listed as:
- Apple iPhone 5C 16GB ~ RM1999
- Apple iPhone 5C 32GB ~ RM2399
- Apple iPhone 5S 16GB ~ RM2399
- Apple iPhone 5S 32GB ~ RM2749
- Apple iPhone 5S 64GB ~ RM3159
Last Updated: Oct 21, 2013
While the Apple iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are already slated for a Malaysia release date of 31 October 2013 to 1 November 2013, the official pricing for the smartphones in Malaysia have yet to be released. However, Malaysian Wireless has recently got some insider information regarding what could be the official pricing of the newest Apple iPhones. This includes:
- Apple iPhone 5C 16GB ~ RM1899
- Apple iPhone 5S 16GB ~ RM2299
- Apple iPhone 5S 32GB ~ RM2599
- Apple iPhone 5S 64GB ~ RM2899
While these are not official prices, they do match rather closely with the price of the Apple iPhone 5 when it was launched last year at RM2199. It also matches with what Apple have done for other countries with weakened currencies like Japan and France which have seen minor increases in price for the new Apple iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C smartphones.
Last Updated: Oct 11, 2013
While the official announcement from Apple yesterday outed the Malaysia release date for the Apple iPhone 5S and5C as 1 November 2013, a look at the Apple Malaysia site reveals another date. When you scroll down to the Shop online option the date you can start ordering online at the Malaysian Apple store is 31 October 2013. This means if you're looking to get the Gold Apple iPhone 5S then you should be prepared for a midnight rush on 30 October 2013. Looking back at the wording of the announcement and it specifically says "by 1 November 2013" which means that 31 October 2013 also works as it is before the 1 November 2013 deadline.
Last Updated: Oct 10, 2013
Apple has just announced the second phase of it's iPhone roll-out and Malaysia is on the list. With this, Apple has officially confirmed that the Apple iPhone 5S and Apple iPhone 5C will be launched in Malaysia on 1 November 2013. While the announcement covers the Malaysia release date, it doesn't include pricing, so we still don't know the official price of either smartphone. In this case we're happy to be wrong with our initial release date estimates of December 2013 but prices are likely to be a bit higher this time around due to the weaker Ringgit and a currency exchange between US Dollars and the Ringgit. We expect that on the launch date of 1 November 2013, all the major telcos will release their Apple iPhone 5C or 5S bundles as well but it will also likely be made available at other local retail sellers. Stay tuned and we'll keep you posted as to any new development.
Last Updated: Oct 07, 2013
Another year, another Apple iPhone version and this year is the year of the "S" version of the Apple iPhone 5. Usually, "S" versions offer little more than software updates but this year, the Apple iPhone 5S has added a brand new 64-bit A7 processor, fingerprint scanner, larger camera sensor and a completely new iOS 7 operating system. Are these reasons enough for you to make the annual Apple iPhone upgrade? It depends, so read on and find out.
Last Updated: Sep 23, 2013
The guys at Android Authority are at it again, dropping new smartphones to see how durable they are. This time around it is the Apple iPhone 5S and Apple iPhone 5C which get the drop onto pavement. While the toughness of the aluminum unibody of the iPhone 5S is pretty much known, many are wondering how tough the polycarbonate backplate of the iPhone 5C stands up to a drop. Check out the video in the article.