Wednesday, April 3, 2013

iPhone 6 in Singapore : Prices, Release Date, Contract Plans and specs

iPhone 6 release date in Singapore is 19 September 2014. The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been revealed on September 9th. The phones will be available for pre-order on 12th September in USA and will be released in 9 countries on 19th September. The 9 lucky countries are United States, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Germany, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Japan. StarHub is mentioned as retail partner for Singapore.

iPhone 6 Singapore prices have also been revealed. iPhone 6 price starts from $988 for 16 GB model. There is no 32 GB iPhone 6 model and 64 GB is priced at $1148 and 128 GB iPhone 6 model is priced at $1288 without 2 years operator plans. 16 GB iPhone 6 price in Singapore is $1148, 64 GB will be $1288 and 128 GB will be $1448.

The iPhone 6 is probably the most leaked Apple devices or any smartphone in the history. Detailed specs, release dates and photos (apparently stolen from the Chinese production line) were leaked. And everything announced about the phone are matching the leaks. As expected, iPhone 6 will come in two sizes : iPhone 6 will have 4.7 inch and iPhone 6 Plus will have 5.5 inch screen. The new generation iPhone uses  Retina HD and has A8 Processor.The camera on the smartphone (or Phablet for the plus)  8MP iSight camera with True Tone LED flash. The 5.5-inch screen iPhone 6 Plus is by far the largest phone Apple has created.

Singapore M1 iPhone 6 prices and plans were first to be released ahead of SingTel and StarHub prices. M1 offers iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in following packages:

i-Lite i-Lite+ i-Reg i-Reg+ i-Max i-Max+
Monthly Subscription $28 $41 $61 $81 $101 $208
Get your iPhone at attractive pricing with a 2-year iPhone contract.
iPhone 6 16GB $645 $525 $285 $85 $40 $0
iPhone 6 64GB $785 $665 $425 $220 $125 $40
iPhone 6 128GB $925 $805 $565 $360 $265 $180
iPhone 6 Plus 16GB $785 $665 $425 $225 $125 $60
iPhone 6 Plus 64GB $925 $805 $565 $360 $265 $180
iPhone 6 Plus 128GB $1,060 $945 $700 $500 $405 $320
Voice/Video Calls (mins) 100 200 300 400 800 Unlimited
Unlimited free calls to 3 M1 numbers
SMS/MMS 500 1000 1200 1500 2000 5000
Data 300MB 3GB 4GB 5GB 7GB 13GB
Excess data charges: $10.70/GB, capped at $188.32/mth
4G VAS Waived permanently
Download Speed* 
3G – Up to 14.4Mbps  Typical download speed range (at fixed location): 2.5 – 8.2Mbps 
4G – Up to 150Mbps Typical download speed range (at fixed location): 16.7 – 66.5Mbps

Later, StarHub also released the iPhone6 price plans for 2 years contracts.

StarHub iPhone 6 price plans
StarHub iPhone 6 price plans
SingTel iPhone 6 Singapore prices for 2 years contract are not released yet. We will update you here once they are out. You can pre register your interest for iPhone 6 with SingTel here and StarHub here.

The new phones will feature WiFi calling and Voice over LTE, which will let you use your data to make phone calls rather than cellular (whenever it is possible). And your operator will not like it.

Apple also released a new smart watch named "Apple Watch" (not iWatch). An iPhone would be necessary for the watch to work according to Apple VP Kevin Lynch.

It is also confirmed that iPhone 6 will have NFC Hardware for a new payment system called Apple Pay. Apple wants to replace the wallet with a smartphone!

iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus
Colors Available Silver, Gold, Space Grey
Size 13.81 x 6.7 cm
Screen Size : 4.7 inches, 11.9 cm
Width : 6.9 mm
15.81 x 7.78 cm
Screen Size : 5.5 inches, 14 cm
Width : 7.1 mm
Weight 129 grams 172 grams
Processor 64 bit, M8 Motion Coprocessor (accelerometer, compass, gyroscope and a new barometer)
Battery Life (Standby Time) Up to 10 days (250 hours) Up to 16 days (384 hours)
Screen Resolution 1334 x 750 pixels
1300:1 contrast ratio (typical)
1920x1080 pixels
1400:1 contrast ration (typical)
Camera 8MP iSight camera with Focus Pixels
1.5-micron pixels and f/2.2 apeture
Panorama (up to 43 megapixels)
Video Recording 1080p HD at 60 fps
720p slo-mo 240-fps, time lapse video
Connectivity 150Mbps Download speed, 20 LTE Bands, 802.11AC WI-FI
Features Included Touch ID, Reachability, Camera Burst Mode, FaceTime, Audio Playback, Siri
Operating System iOS 8

According to Japanese Mac enthusiast site MacFan's claims, the next-generation iPhone, probably be called iPhone 6 or iPhone 5S, will be unveiled on June 20 and the sales will start some time in July. Apple is already expected to launch iPhone 5S in June or July by Apple fans since original iPhone and the iPhone 3G, 3GS, and 4 were released during the June and July period (iPhone 4S and 5 were released in autumn):
A new rumor from Japan echoes previous speculation that the next iPhone -- presumably the "iPhone 5S" -- may be formally announced at a special event on Thursday, June 20. MacFan, currently celebrating its 20th anniversary as a Mac enthusiast site, claims that the new model will go on sale in July, a few weeks after its introduction. According to the report, a "low-cost" version of the iPhone aimed at the larger larger pre-paid market in developing countries such as China and India may debut in August.
Source : Rumor: Next iPhone to be announced June 20, arrive in July

According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple is believed to be readying production of its next-generation iPhone during the second quarter of 2013 in preparation for release as early as this summer:
Apple Inc. AAPL +0.51% plans to begin production of a refreshed iPhone similar in size and shape to its current one in the second quarter of the year, according to people familiar with the device's production, teeing up a possible summer launch for the next version of its flagship device.
At the same time, Apple continues to work with its manufacturing partners in Asia on a less expensive iPhone that could be launched as soon as the second half of this year, these people said. The four-inch device likely will use a different casing from the higher-end iPhone. Apple has been working on different color shells for the phone but its plans remain unclear.
Source : Apple to Begin iPhone Production This Quarter
In the design and specification side the rumours are very conflicting. Some says the design will not be very different while others expect a radical re-design in current trend towards larger screen machines. It is also rumoured that Apple will release multiple handsets, some of which may be budget models fabricated from plastic and with no physical home button.

According to some reports, Apple has already designed the next two versions of the iPhone while Steve Jobs was alive. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón was told by an Apple representative that the next two iPhone models "preceded Tim Cook", according to a report in The Examiner.

On the software and hardware side many expect an upgraded iOS 7, A7 processor and a 13-megapixel camera for the iPhone 5S’s iSight setup.

[1] - Apple iPhone 6 Release Date Tipped for 19 September
[2] - Apple iPhone 6 event officially set for Sept. 9

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