Well, they are here. The white iPhone 4 and there’s ample supply for those in Hong Kong and for the grey market dealers who’s looking forward to make a hefty profit due to the high price in Mainland China and the high demand over limited supply.
The first batch went on sale past midnight Thursday, local time here in Hong Kong. The main service providers all claim that they have enough stock on hand but each person is limited with one purchase (requires Hong Kong Identity Card registration).
The above pic was taken last night in downtown Central. Gee, long line there. For more pics, check out the post from unwire.hk (in Chinese).
As predicted yesterday, the guys over at Neonpunch do know the inside scoop. It is official, the launch is this Friday. Online store will be open shortly after midnight and for those who can’t wait, trot over to the Apple resellers, list here. As for retail stores, not sure whether Fortress would be carrying but usually they do in their flagship stores, give them a call and find out.
The price on the iPad 2 are as follow –
iPad 16GB WiFi – HK$3,888
iPad 32GB WiFi – HK$4,688
iPad 64GB WiFi – HK$5,488
iPad 16GB WiFi + 3G – HK$4,888
iPad 32GB WiFi + 3G – HK$5,688
iPad 64GB WiFi + 3G – HK$6,488
As for stock levels, my guess is there’s gonna be limited stock so get to the resellers early. Hope you’re lucky enough to snatch a white one.
Further to my post on 22 April 2011, still no news as to when the launch of iPad 2 in Hong Kong is gonna be. However, it seems almost imminent as some of the Universities are taking orders for the iPad 2 already with delivery dates on 15 May 2011. With some deduction here, we’re sitting in the two-weeks windows and given that Apple usually choose to launch a major product on a Friday, so the launch is either this Friday, 6 May or 13 May 2011.
For those who write quite often, no matter whether you’re a student, housewife, screenwriter, poet or author, a good writing tool is definitely something that you should not overlook.
Be it a school essay, a thesis paper, a poem, a report, a script, a book or as minute as a household recipe, this application Scrivener just might be the perfect tool.
According to Scrivener, “Scrivener puts everything you need for structuring, writing and editing long documents at your fingertips. On the left of the window, the “binder” allows you to navigate between the different parts of your manuscript, your notes, and research materials, with ease. Break your text into pieces as small or large as you want – so you can forget wrestling with one long document. Restructuring your draft is as simple as drag and drop. Select a single document to edit a section of your manuscript in isolation, or use “Scrivenings” mode to work on multiple sections as though they were one: Scrivener makes it easy to switch between focussing on the details and stepping back to get a wider view of your composition.
This according to a few local newspaper this morning but no confirmation yet, will update more along the way. No news on local Apple Store either.
For those looking to rent lighting equipment, be it studio lightings or portable lightings or any other accessories such as triggers or HD LCD monitors for HDSLR shooting, PASM Workshop is launching a Lighting Equipment & Accessories Rental Program and the neat thing is one can “Try Before You Buy”.
Check out their PASM Lighting Equipment & Accessories Rental Rate Sheet here.
Source – PASM Workshop
Shortly after the iOS 4.3.2 was released, it was reported that it could be successfully jailbroken using custom PwnageTool bundles. For the complete how-to guide, head over to Redmond Pie.
Okay, no iPhone 5 this coming June. In return, we might get the white iPhone 4 as consolation.
According to Bloomberg Businessweek’s article, “Apple Inc. will start selling a white version of its iPhone 4 in the next few weeks, following a delay of 10 months, according to three people with knowledge of the plans. The new model will be available from AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless by the end of April, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public.”
Click into the article for full report.
Looking back at the old white iPhone 3GS fetching dust on my shelf, I wonder how hard it is to get the white iPhone 4 out in the market and gee, what’s the hype with white anyways.
Cisco announced that they are going to kill the whole Flip Video operation after buying up for US$590 million back in 2009. This is no surprise as mobile phones can easily shoot 720P video nowadays. According to Cisco’s press release,
“Cisco today announced that it will exit aspects of its consumer businesses and realign the remaining consumer business to support four of its five key company priorities – core routing, switching and services; collaboration; architectures; and video. As part of its plan, Cisco will:
- Close down its Flip business and support current FlipShare customers and partners with a transition plan.
- Refocus Cisco’s Home Networking business for greater profitability and connection to the company’s core networking infrastructure as the network expands into a video platform in the home. These industry-leading products will continue to be available through retail channels.
- Integrate Cisco umi into the company’s Business TelePresence product line and operate through an enterprise and service provider go-to-market model, consistent with existing business TelePresence efforts.
- Assess core video technology integration of Cisco’s Eos media solutions business or other market opportunities for this business.”
Maybe the tax break outweighs selling the Flip operation but it is indeed sad to see such a great venture vaporized. For many, Flip brings back a lot of memories, be it kids’ birthdays and ball games or family gatherings at Thanksgiving and Christmas. For many, Flip is still the hassle-less easy operating gadget that help one shoots great video.
Well, too bad, this is how technology substitution/replacement works.
Source – Cisco
The iPhone 3Gs and iPhone 4 are back on Apple Store Hong Kong but still no sign of iPad 2 yet as of today.
For those of you who are planning on getting an iPad 2 together with the Smart Cover, or who have already done so, one piece of advice….. get your ass (iPad 2) covered. You definitely don’t want to have the back side wide open as you can get all the scratches on it, especially with the Apple logo (a big no no if you’re planning on selling it in the future).
In come GelaSkins, the company that specializes removable covers for portable devices. Their skins features stunning and photo-quality graphics ranging from fine art prints to contemporary urban images. GelaSkins in fact is one of the few companies that have the whole product line ready before the iPad2 was launched. Over 100 stock artworks are available or even best, use your own photo or art for the skins. For now, GelaSkins only have the front and back cover set (US$29.95), and that comes with a wallpaper to match the artwork you choose. For the iPad 2 back cover only, they do have the section up but no stock artwork yet, meaning one can only use their own photo or art.
I ordered mine last week for my iPad 2. Got the Charity: Water Logo on Black and Love Letters artworks and received them today. The whole process of applying the skin to the iPad 2 took 5 minutes or so. For now I’m leaving the front skins and the wall paper as I’m just using the black leather Smart Cover. One thing I do notice while applying the skins is that one can easily pull the skins off and use another one, just stick it back to the sheet that it came with. Thanks for the 3M technology GelaSkins uses.
Now for a limited time, you get one free skins if you order three from GelaSkins.
To let you get a better idea of how the GelaSkins work and look, I’ve linked this great video from metagamers below.
More pics after the jump…….