Apple Refreshes iMac, Mac mini, iPad & Introduces 13″ MBP Retina Display, iPad mini

At this morning event, Apple refreshes the iMac, Mac mini and iPad lineup and introduces 2 new prodcts, the 13″ MacBook Pro with Retina Display and iPad mini.

Also Apple seems to be dropping the “the new iPad” name from iPad and it is now called “iPad with Retina Display” which is similar to the MacBook Pro’s “MacBook Pro with Retina Display”.

27″ iMac

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Elevation Dock

Elevation Dock was the 8th Kickstarter project that I backed. I backed it this year on the 7th February 2012 and the project got funded on the 12th February 2012. They raised a total of US$1,464,706 out of the initial goal of just US$75,000. It was supposed to be shipped in April 2012 before iPhone 5 was announced but unfortunately, there was a delay and I only received it 6 months later on the 18th October 2012.

I pledged US$79 for the Elevation Dock+ in glass bead blasted finish. The Dock+ adds shielded Line Level audio out plus USB power adapter and for international shipping it is an additional US$20. Paid a total of US$99 (S$121).

Elevation Dock - Box
Elevation Dock – Box

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Apple Lightning to 30-pin Adapter

Bought the Apple Lightning to 30-pin Adapter from Apple Online Store (Singapore) for S$42. Bought it on Monday, 8th October 2012 and got it within the same week on Friday, 12th October 2012.

I don’t think it is out in retail stores yet, probably in a week or two, but I expect it to be out of stock the moment it is available in stores, like what happen to the Apple Lightning to USB Cable.

Box Front
Box Front

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Apple Lightning to USB Cable (1m)

Bought the Apple Lightning to USB Cable from Funan’s Multimedia Integrated for S$28. They still have stocks the last I checked.

It is difficult to get the cable during this period as it is out of stock almost everywhere as everyone is rushing to get a spare cable for their car or office, and Apple Online Store lead time is 2-3 weeks!

Box Front
Box Front

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Apple Releases OS X Mountain Lion

Apple releases OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) to the Mac App Store yesterday, 25th July 2012, at about 20:30 (GMT +8). It is priced at S$25.98.

Some new features:

Mac App Store - OS X Mountain Lion
Mac App Store – OS X Mountain Lion

Installed OS X Mountain Lion on my MacBook Air (Mid 2011) last night, downloaded at 7MB/s (love my fiber Internet), installation took about 30 minutes.

You might be interesting to know how to create a OS X Mountain Lion installer using SD Card or USB Flash Drive. Also check out OS X Mountain Lion’s Best 10 Tricks: The How-To Video Guide. If you want a more detailed review of OS X Mountain Lion, check out MacStories review on OS X Mountain Lion.

Mac App Store: OS X Mountain Lion (S$25.98)

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Google Chrome And Google Drive Now On iOS

Google Chrome on iOS
Been waiting for this day! Google Chrome is finally here for iOS and it is an universal app! Played with it on both iPhone 4S and iPad 2 and it works beautifully, it has replaced Safari on my iOS devices!

The sync (bookmarks, history, tabs, preferences and devices) works great out of the box after entering my Google credentials!

Google Chrome iOS in App StoreGoogle Chrome iOS (iPhone) - Web
Google Chrome iOS (iPhone)

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Apple Launches iTunes Store In Singapore

The day has come! Apple launches iTunes Store in Singapore alongside with Hong Kong, Taiwan, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. iTunes Match will be available as well for S$31.98 per year! The iTunes store is live on my Mac, but it seems it has not yet been made available on my iTunes app on my iPhone.

Music pricing starts from S$1.28 for a single track and typical price for an album is S$9.98.

Apple iTunes Store - Singapore (Home)
Apple iTunes Store – Singapore (Home)

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Apple Singapore App Store Now In Singapore Dollars (S$)

Finally! Prices in both the iOS App Store and Mac App Store in Singapore are now displayed in Singapore Dollars (S$ or S$) instead of United Stats Dollars (US$). This means that the price of an app will not fluctuate because of the horrible currency exchange rate between Singapore and United States given by banks.

Last month, when I bought a US$0.99 app, my credit card bill will reflect S$1.30, but now the app just cost S$1.28. Apple uses very reasonable exchange rates, according to Google the exchange rate today (13:45 on Friday, 22nd June 2012) is:

iOS App Store Now In Singapore Dollars (S$) - iPhone
iOS App Store Now In Singapore Dollars (S$) – iPhone

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