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The chorus of iPhone 5 is getting louder. The drumbeat is clear. With major carriers in United States announcing blackout periods for their staffs, everything seems to be confirming the consensus that iPhone 5 announcement is imminent. The date of announcement is set to be September 12 and iPhone availability will kick off on September 20. Are we going to see the same kind of enthusiasm and lines of people queueing up to be the first to get their hands on the new iPhone?

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To avoid disappointment, it is always good to have your expectation set right when it comes to Apple products. Tonnes of rumours are swirling around the Internet. Simply search for iPhone 5 rumours will end you up with millions of results. Hundreds if not thousands of leaks claiming to be obtained from reliable sources or part suppliers are not uncommon in the build-up to any Apple products. More often than not, most of these rumours are only smokes churned out by bloggers and journalists in order to earn themselves some publicity and coverage. You know very well that the whole idea is not to present the most accurate information, but to earn advertising dollars from the hundreds and thousands of views that they generate from all these hypes. To Apple, this is a free but super-powerful marketing vehicle for them.

But for Apple fans in Singapore, what can we expect from the iPhone 5?

First of all, Apple has included Singapore in the list of country to enjoy the first launch of any of the Apple’s major products. This is evident from the most recent launches such as the iPhone 4s and the new iPad. Everyone is betting that Apple will announce their new generation of iPhone on September 12. But only after Apple has officially send out their press invitation, nothing can be guaranteed. Everyone is just as clueless as me and you and all these are just a guessing game. It is not without reason that the date is zoomed down to such. Numerous supporting reports from parts vendors ramping up production to premier Apple resellers receiving orders to get ready are just some of the sources that seemed to confirmed the likely date.

In Singapore, iPhone is sold as factory unlocked and one has the freedom to choose if they want to get their iphone 5  from SingTel, or from M1 or Starhub. Based on past experiences, the prices offered by these three telcos are going to be just about the same. Do not be easily tempted by every single gimmick that they are throwing out and regretting it months later. I remember once when I was queueing up in the Singtel store, how the Singtel staff ‘convinced’ a person in front of me to get the plan that is higher than 1Gb. The reason quoted is that whenever you turn on your iPhone, it is constantly consuming data and 1Gb data plan is definitely not sufficient. If only the telco network is much more reliable and upgraded to a higher capacity, then I’d believe that hitting more than 1Gb or even higher is really a certain possibility.

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If you think that Apple is always the technology leader, then you are absolutely wrong. This is the most common stereotype that every commoners have. This is probably a secret that is best kept by many Apple enthusiasts. It is a hard truth to swallow, but it is the truth. Here is a check on the facts and numbers.

1. iPod was not the first portable music player, but it was the one that brings down the entire industry and build up a new one

After MP3 became the de-facto format for digital songs, Saehan Information System was the first to ever bring portable digital player into mass-production. It was soon followed by many other portable players with the likes of Creative NOMAD Jukebox among the most notable ones. Back then, Creative was the king in the PC sound card business and you can find Creative-made sound blaster sound card in almost every desktop computers. The success of Creative brings pride to many Singaporeans as it was started in Singapore and founded by Sim Wong Hoo, a Singaporean-breed entrepreneurs. At its peak, Creative stock was trading in both the NASDAQ and SGX. Creative’s venture into the portable digital player market proved to be unsuccessful and so do many others. MP3 digital players were then caught up among early technology enthusiasts but did not have the appeal to break into the mass market. Most of the portable music players then were bulky and were not associated with hip and cool trends.

Apple, through the great visionary lens of Steve Jobs, saw what was a potentially multi-billion dollars worth of industry that was yet to be tapped. In 2001, the first generation iPod was introduced. In iPod, Apple has made a simple but powerful portable music player. It features the slick round-button control interface and was much sexier than all its competitors. When iPod was introduced, it did not boast superior hardware compared to all other portable music devices out there in the market. Neither does iPod have the most advanced features. Many would agree that Creative MP3 players such as the Zen devices, produced comparable or if not, superior sound quality compared to iPod.

It was not the technology that made iPod such as legendary success. It was the marketing genius by Steve Jobs and his lieutenants that made iPod such as phenomenal success.

2. iPad was not the first Tablet-PC, many have tried it before

The most prominent attempt to bring Tablet-PC to the mass market was made by Microsoft in the year 2000. Together with its hardware vendors such as HP and Toshiba, Windows-powered Tablet-PC received much fanfare when it was launched initially. However, all the hype died down not long after the initial craze and no one was buying any of the Tablet-PC that was selling in the market then. This shows that the tablet technology has always been available and the mass-production capability was already available since 2000. It was only 10 years later that Apple launched the first generation iPad. As usual, the announcement of iPad received mixed reactions from the pundits. Some analysts were saying that the fate of iPad will just be like its predecessors while some were more positive. But honestly speaking, no one knew at the time how people are going to use the iPad and whether anyone needs an iPad at all.

Again, consumers have spoken. The numbers are in. No one questions the importance of iPad as one of the most influential technological innovation of our time. Today, you can take the latest generation iPad and compare its technical specifications against all its competitors. You will be surprised to find out that iPad does not always have the latest technical specs, but it is their ability to integrate hardware with software for a pleasant computing experience that makes them stand out among its competitors.

With iPhone 5 expected to launch in Singapore in less than a month away, have you thought of disposing your current iphone?

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