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Writer’s Day and Thoughts

A writer’s day and thoughts, today I am writing from my own personal writer’s perspectives, thoughts, views and plans. It’s something different from my personal updates and reflections, also away from my technology and business media news coverage.

Official launch of my second photography zine

It’s finally official, I finally announced the launch of my second photography zine, a special theme zine on photography therapy and playbook. A personal project idea that came out from me handling my own personal situations during the ongoing global pandemic situation in 2021. Photography and writing were key factors that got me out from that rabbit hole.

More deep and personal insights can be read here inside this article that I wrote and published on my TGH Photography and Travel portal/blog. If you like to purchase my 2nd photography zine titled “TGH Photography Therapy Zine and Playbook”, it’s available on MagCloud.

TGH Photography Therapy Zine and Playbook

TGH Photography Zine Collection: TGH Photography Therapy Zine and Playbook

The motivation and story behind my second photography zine came about from some personal crisis in a middle of an ongoing global pandemic situation. There were a series of situations that took place in 2021.My second photography zine has a unique and special theme – photography therapy theme,…

Find out more on MagCloud

Reading Not Enough

I am not reading enough books, even though I am reading articles online, from both news outlets and writers from different genres. My books inside my cupboard are waiting for me to read them again or start reading them since I bought those books.

Time to go back reading “No Missing Tools: Creativity In An Age Of Abundance” by Fernando Gros, “The Little Book of Ikigai” by Ken Mogi and Taiwan street travel by Emico.

New books to read are “Klopp Bring The Noise” by Raphael Honigstein, “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck* by Mark Manson and “Goodbye, Things on Minimalist Living” by Fumio Sasaki.   

Writing Not Fast Enough

I am not writing fast enough, on both media news coverage, media events coverage, as well as personal and visual storytelling side. On one hand, it can be really exhausting, it’s also more challenging to bring my writing to the next level.

Would I be able to get back to a faster pace of writing? Let’s see how it goes, I realised that quality writing takes a bit more time than usual, I do produce better quality articles too.

What’s up next for my writing topics/projects?

What’s up next for my writing topics/projects? I would break it down into a few areas that I am working on:

Personal writing

This is where I provide updates and reflections on personal and business side of things aka ranting on a quarterly basis, sometimes along with half yearly and full year review updates as well. My personal writing is where I am able to write freely, sharing what I want to share on a personal basis. This is my personal avenue and platform to release them in my own words, thoughts and feelings.

Special interest

Over my years of writing, media news coverage on both technology, photography and travel sectors, I have also developed interests and concerns in topics that are close to my heart and mind.

Some areas that I am planning to go more in-depth are sustainability and climate change, future and developments of cryptocurrency and blockchain, and future of work.

Visual storytelling – photography and travel

A genre that I started in 2006, my visual storytelling adventures and journeys on my TGH Photography and Travel portal/blog, accompanying my photography portfolio website TGH Photography, in my content creation and social media marketing/digital marketing journeys.

I am thinking of a new book project for year 2023, either a photo book or a visual storytelling travel book. More information and updates would be shared when I am ready to announce.

There could also be a chance for projects or commissioned work here in Singapore or overseas for my visual storytelling skillsets and experiences as well.

15 years young in 2023

Founded in 2008, TGH Technology and Business portal/blogs turning 15 years young in January 2023. Since I haven’t celebrate any major milestone for TGH Technology and Business portal/blog, I might do a milestone celebration, maybe something similar to the 15 years milestone for my TGH Photography and Travel portal/blog in April 2021.

Journaling and Writing – Old School + Modern Technology

As I am making changes to my WFH workstation by adding a used 2017 Apple iMac 21.5, and hybrid remote working setup recently, adding a used Logitech Slim Combo keyboard for my Apple iPad Air 3, looking to add a few more peripherals soon to complete my content creation, photography and writing work, portable and on the move. I am trying out the Day One journaling app on my Apple iPad Air 3, typing down notes, thoughts and ideas while I am on the move.

During this period, I am also thinking about my journaling with notebooks for work/daily usage as well as a travelers notebook. Would I be able to combine old school + modern technology in my journaling and writing?

Next Stop – What would it be?

On board my writing and visual storytelling journey, coming to 15 years for this website. Next stop – What would it be? What are my goals, objectives and plans for my writing?

Let me think, let me plan, let me write it down.

Stay tuned, coming soon.

5 SIRI-ous reasons for you to get new iPhone 14 with Circles.Life

Apple fans, it’s the month fo September you know the drill, you know what’s coming! The Apple iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, along with Apple Watch Series 8 and AirPods Pro have recently been announced by Apple, for those in Singapore who are looking forward to the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, let me share with you iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro information by Circles.Life. Here are 5 SIRI-ous reasons for you to get your new iPhone 14 with Circles.Life!

When you pre-order your favourite Apple iPhone 14 from Circles.Life, you can enjoy the following 5 SIRI-ous benefits:

  • Get an exclusive iPhone Ultra-packed Unboxing Kit: The first 200 pre-orders come with an unboxing kit with FREE accessories worth $69.80. Early birds will receive a Moft Snap-on Phone Stand and Wallet (worth $39.90), tempered glass screen protector (worth $29.90) and limited edition Circles.Life stickers – perfect to pair with your brand new phone. 
  • New phone, powered with unlimited data: All iPhone 14 purchases come with 3 months of unlimited data (worth $114*) so you are always connected to your family, friends and loved ones. 
  • Attractive partnerships with Atome and Mobilestop: Get $50 off when you pay with Atome; exclusive to existing Circles.Life customers. In addition, enjoy 10% off all phone accessories from MobileStop outlets** islandwide when you buy from Circles.Life. 
  • Hyper-flexible payment options: Choose up to 36 months payment plans with zero interest so you don’t need to worry about extra charges. 
  • eSIM capability: Seamlessly transfer via eSIM at no extra charges. Quickly transfer an existing cellular plan or get a new one digitally. Since your SIM card can’t be physically removed from the phone and placed in other devices, the eSIM ensures greater device and personal information security for all users. 

You can pre-order the iPhone 14 Pro Max (from $1,799), iPhone 14 Pro (from $1,649), iPhone 14 Plus (from $1,499) and iPhone 14 ($1,299) from Circles.Life here.

Remember to Pay-It-Forward and Pass-It-On to your family, relatives and friends, these 5 SIRI-ous reasons for you to get the new Apple iPhone 14 with Circles.Life!

Notes:

  • Price stated is for Number Transfer only. New number registration at +$10/mo.
  • ** Redeemable at MobileStop outlets at Jurong Point, Westgate, Vivocity, Tiong Bahru Plaza, NEX, Waterway Point, Tampines Mall and Northpoint City.

*** Information and picture courtesy of Circles.Life and AKA Asia ***

Singtel iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro Information

Apple fans, it’s the month fo September you know the drill, you know what’s coming! The Apple iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, along with Apple Watch Series 8 and AirPods Pro have recently been announced by Apple, for those who are looking forward to the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, let me share with you Singtel iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro information.

Singtel will offer the most advanced iPhone line-up ever with iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max, then new Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE with ground breaking technology and performance, as well as the Apple Watch Ultra, a completely reimagined design and extraordinary new capabilities, and the 2nd generation AirPods Pro, the most advanced AirPods yet.

Here are key highlights and information on purchasing your new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro from Singtel, the only network to provide nationwide 5G coverage in Singapore. Singtel is celebrating the arrival of the new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro with everyone here in Singapore, making it accessible and affordable for everyone.

Singtel has simply the most attractive offers on Apple services and accessories

Singtel is offering customers a slew of attractive offers including an extra $100 OFF the new device with Apple Care+, up to 12 complementary months of exclusive services (Apple TV+, Apple Music, Apple Arcade, iCloud) and an Apple Accessories Bundle which is as good as 30% savings on the Apple AirPods Pro with MagSafe and Apple 20W USB-C Power Adapter.

Simply more choice and value with Singtel

Customers now have more choices of Singtel mobile plans and payment methods. For the first time, they can pre-order their new device with a SIM-Only Plus Plan at $0 upfront. With Singtel PayLater, they can enjoy interest-free instalment payments of 12, 24 or 36 months, starting at $37/month. They can also enjoy up to $1,000 when they trade-in their old device.

Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE will be available on 16 September, whilst Apple Watch Ultra and AirPods Pro (2nd Generation) on 23 September. Customers can also activate the Singtel PayLater option on these new devices.

Simpler ways to get the latest iPhone from Singtel

Singtel’s pre-order arrangements have been enhanced to make it easier for Apple fans to get their hands on the latest iPhone. For the first time, customers can enjoy priority pre-order, free delivery or redeem vouchers under their Singtel Red membership privileges. In the event of limited supply of devices, customers can still place their pre-orders and receive their devices at a committed delivery date.

In line with Singtel’s commitment to improving accessibility and convenience, the opening hours of selected shops will be extended for ease of purchase or pick-up of the devices. Customers can pick up their iPhone at over 30 locations or opt for islandwide delivery with doorstep trade-in.

Pre-Order and Availability Dates

Pre-oder for all iPhone models will begin on 9th September 2022 at 8pm. The iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max is available on 16th September 2022. For the iPhone 14 Plus, it would be available on 7th October 2022.

As for the Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE, it will begin on 16th September 2022. The Apple Watch Ultra will begin on 23rd September 2022.

The AirPods Pro (2nd Generation) will be available online and in stores from 23rd September 2022.

For more information on pricing and availability, please visit Singtel website.

* Information and picture courtesy of Singtel *

OtterBox full range of cases, chargers and accessories for new Apple iPhone 13 series in Singapore

OtterBox, the No.1 selling smartphone case brand in the U.S. has unleashed their OtterBox full range of cases, chargers and accessories for new Apple iPhone 13 series in Singapore. For those who have bought or going to buy your new Apple iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max smartphones, check out OtterBox’s diverse range of cases, chargers and accessories, that are fun and functional, giving your Apple iPhone 13 the protection while you stay connected with the most important people in your life, places and moments.

“Apple continues to innovate in ways that connects us all, and OtterBox is here to protect and enable that connection,” said OtterBox CEO Mr. Jim Parke. “OtterBox cases are designed to provide premium protection for everyone, with a variation of designs to compliment every style. Pair your new case with power products and accessories for all of the new Apple offerings so your devices stay protected and connected for the long haul.”

OtterBox offers a wide variety of iPhone cases to meet the needs of Apple fans everywhere. Rugged Defender Series, versatile Commuter Series, slim Symmetry Series, cute and functional Otter + Pop and sophisticated Strada Series make up a full line-up of cases to cover new iPhone 13 devices from daily drops and bumps. OtterBox also offers cases for MagSafe, with Defender Series XT and Symmetry Series+. With a wide selection of colors and graphics, there’s a style to suit everyone. OtterBox also offers Amplify and Alpha Glass screen protection to keep the display free of scratches.

There is a OtterBox iPhone case that suits your needs, requirements and lifestyle! Check out some of the OtterBox cases for iPhone 13 below!

Defender Series

 

Defender Series XT (For MagSafe)

 

Commuter Series

 

Symmetry Series

 

Symmetry Series+ (For MagSafe)

 

OtterPop

 

Strada

This full line-up of phone cases and accessories for iPhone 13, plus cases for new iPad (9th generation), are available now. Check them out on otterbox.asia.

Do share OtterBox full range of cases, chargers and accessories for new Apple iPhone 13 series in Singapore with your family, loved ones, relatives and friends that are going to purchase or they have already bought their new Apple iPhone 13! Pay-It-Forward and Pass-It-On! Sharing is Caring!

* Information and pictures courtesy of OtterBox and Brand Cellar *

Singtel iPhone 13 Price Plans

The new Apple iPhone 13 smartphones had just been announced recently on 14th September 2021 (California Time). For those who are looking to own the new Apple iPhone 13 smartphones, check out Singtel iPhone 13 Price Plans here at www.singtel.com/iphone!

As the new iPhone 13 models work best over a 5G network, Singtel customers will be able to enjoy a powerful experience on Singapore’s fastest 5G network which delivers speeds of more than 1.2Gbps. Singtel has been recognised by Ookla as the fastest 5G network operator in first half of 2021 and they are accelerating their 5G roll out, which presently covers over two-thirds of Singapore.

The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro are priced attractively at S$288(1) and S$608 (2) respectively, on Singtel’s XO Plus 88 plan. In order to unlock and optimise the next-generation features on their new iPhone and enjoy ultra-fast mobile speeds over a 5G network, customers are encouraged to sign up for Singtel’s 5G NOW at S$10/month which comes with additional 10GB of local mobile data.

Singtel is offering trade-in deals, exclusive offers and a range of complimentary subscription to Apple services such as Apple TV+, iCloud and Apple Music valued at up to S$150, as they celebrate the arrival of the new iPhone 13 series on Singapore’s most powerful 5G networks.

Summary of Singtel iPhone 13 deals

Below is a summary of Singtel’s fantastic iPhone 13 deals which offer customers up to S$550 worth of discounts. Those who trade in their iPhone will enjoy an additional of up to S$1,000 off.

1. Experience high definition content and gaming experience across Apple services (worth S$150):

  • Apple TV+: 6-month complimentary subscription
  • Apple Music: 3-month complimentary subscription
  • Apple Arcade: 9-month complimentary subscription
  • iCloud: 12-month complimentary subscription

2. Enjoy up to S$500 off their handset when they sign up for:

  • New XO Plus 68 and above plans or upgrade to XO Plus 88 and above plans
  • 5G NOW for seamless 5G access
  • MobileSwop Unlimited Premium for device protection
  • DATA X INFINITY for unlimited data access
  • New Fibre Entertainment Bundle+

3. Enjoy up to S$50 accessories voucher when they sign up for any three of the following 5G value-added services:

  • Productivity Pass for data-free access to Zoom
  • Whitecoat Telehealth for free teleconsultation
  • Bookful for augmented reality books
  • MelodyVR for virtual reality entertainment
  • McAfee Mobile Security for that extra protection

Updates

Customers who have completed a minimum of 10 months on their contract (e.g. signed up /recontracted iPhone 12 in November 2020) are eligible to recontract for iPhone 13.

Early device upgrade fee waiver for eligible customers:

  • Singtel Circle Keyline customers will enjoy full waiver of Annual Handset Upgrade Fee worth S$500*.
  • For Non-Singtel Circle Keyline customers who have completed 10 months to 17 months, early device upgrade fee is now S$350*.
  • For Non-Singtel Circle Keyline customers who have completed 18 months to 20 months, early device upgrade fee is S$200.

*Valid till 30th September 2021.

Pre-Order your iPhone 13

Pre-orders for the iPhone 13 series start on 18th September 2021, followed by the island wide release on 24th September 2021. For more information and details on pricing, please visit www.singtel.com/iphone.

Do share Singtel iPhone 13 price plans and fantastic deals with your family, loved ones, relatives and friends! Pay-It-Forward and Pass-It-On! Sharing is Caring!

Notes:

(1) (2) Phone prices are inclusive of S$100 discount for new sign-ups of XO Plus 68 plan and above or upgrade to XO Plus 88 plan and above.

** Information courtesy of Singtel **

Parallels announced Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac

Parallels, a global leader in cross-platform solutions, announces the launch of Parallels® Desktop 17 for Mac (parallels.com/desktop), the latest version of its powerful solution to run native Windows applications on Mac computers with Apple M1 (1) and Intel chip. For users who needs to run the Mac and Windows world together, Parallels cross-platform solutions are the solutions for you to look at.

Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac is now a universal binary application, it’s optimised for the highly anticipated Windows 11 and macOS Monterey operating systems. They bring an exceptional speed and graphic improvements, including an enhanced Windows gaming experience, together with better resource management and visibility. With Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac, they can empower users to run Windows applications on a Mac, more smoothly and faster than ever.

 

“Our breakthrough of seamlessly running Windows 10 applications on Apple M1-based Mac computers was just the start of Parallels Desktop for Mac’s new chapter in offering enhanced user experiences running virtual machines on Mac devices,” said Nick Dobrovolskiy, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Support at Parallels. “Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac continues to deliver performance and stability improvements as well as innovative, easy-to-use features on Intel and Apple M1 Mac, offering users the most advanced Windows-on-Mac experience ever. We’re thrilled to have created the world’s first prototype of a macOS Monterey virtual machine running on a Mac with Apple M1 chip (2).”

Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac

Here are the new and enhanced feature highlights of Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac:

New! Engineered for macOS 12 Monterey and Windows 11

Parallels Desktop 17 will support macOS Monterey as a host and guest operating system (OS) and will be optimised for Windows 11, with both new OSs expected later this year. Get a sneak peek and install the highly anticipated previews of macOS Monterey and Windows 11 to a virtual machine (VM) via the Parallels Desktop 17 Installation Assistant. Learn how to run macOS Monterey in a VM at parallels.com/blogs/macos-monterey/ and how to run Windows 11 in a VM at parallels.com/blogs/Windows11.

NEW! Display Driver for an Enhanced Windows Gaming Experience

The improved display driver in Parallels Desktop 17 delivers much smoother Windows UI responsiveness and synchronised video playback experience. The new driver boosts the frame rate in many 2D action-platform games including Foregone, Smelter and many others for a greater gaming experience.

NEW! Powerful New Features for Apple M1 chip Mac

With Parallels Desktop 17, Windows 10 recognises Mac battery status and enables battery saving when your Mac runs low of charge. The new virtual TPM chip enables Windows 10 and Windows 11 to use BitLocker and Secure Boot for the higher level of data protection. Enjoy multichannel sound support and jack presence detection with native drivers in Linux VMs. Conveniently use a Linux virtual machine in a windowed view mode with dynamic resolution support—resize the VM window and Linux will refresh the display for the new resolution automatically.

NEW! Automatic Resource Manager

Users can now experience the Automatic Resource Manager, designed to evaluate and advise on the optimal amount of Mac hardware resources for virtual machines to ensure the best performance every time.

ENHANCED! Must-have Speed and Performance Updates

Applications running with Parallels Desktop 17 on Mac computers with Apple M1 (1) and Intel chip now run remarkably faster and more efficiently. Performance observations include:

On all supported Mac computers (3):

  • Up to 38% faster Windows, Linux and macOS resume
  • OpenGL graphics perform up to 6 times faster
  • Up to 25% faster 2D graphics in Windows

On a Mac with Apple M1 chip (3):

  • Up to 33% faster Windows 10 on ARM Insider Preview start
  • Up to 20% faster Windows 10 on ARM Insider Preview disk performance
  • Up to 28% better DirectX 11 graphics performance

On a Mac with Intel processor (3):

  • Up to 60% faster network connection on macOS Big Sur (and newer) virtual machine

ENHANCED! Coherence Mode Improvement

A long-time user favourite feature, CoherenceMode is now used by 80% of Parallels Desktop users, enabling them to run Windows applications and Mac applications side by side, without seeing the Windows desktop. Users now enjoy an uninterrupted and distraction-free workflow as all Windows shutdowns, updates and sign-in screens are windowed, enabling the user to minimise them to stay focused and productive.

ENHANCED! Seamlessly Drag and Drop Content between Windows and Mac

Users now enjoy the ability to drop any text or image between Mac and Windows applications, including between Windows applications and macOS Monterey Quick Note (when available).

ENHANCED! Advanced Experience and Support for USB Devices

In response to user feedback on USB device compatibility with virtual machines, Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac now supports USB 3.1, enabling use of additional USB storage devices4. Users now see the device’s familiar name in the Parallels Desktop interface, making it easier to quickly identify the right device to connect or disconnect.

ENHANCED! Better Control of Disk Space

As virtual machines—and notably VM snapshots— can occupy a large amount of disk space, users can now see how much disk space their VM snapshots take up and make informed decisions about their Mac computer’s disk space usage in Parallels Desktop 17.

Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac Pro Edition

For the power users, developers and IT specialists, there is the Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac Pro Edition, designed to bring the best value to these particular group of users. The Parallels Desktop Pro Edition is Parallels’ most popular selling version, offering all the power of the standard Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac, plus these unique capabilities below:

NEW! Easily Convert a Linked Clone to an Independent Virtual Machine

Responding to the demands of our users, Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac Pro Edition enables the creation of an independent virtual machine from a linked clone in just two clicks.

ENHANCED! Improved Visual Studio Plugin

The Parallels Desktop plugin for Visual Studio, designed to debug code in a standalone VM, now supports Mac computers with Apple M1 chip. Moreover, the plugin installation process with Visual Studio 2019 has been simplified.

Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac Business Edition

For those in the enterprise environments, the Parallels Desktop 17 Business Edition delivers essential capabilities specifically for them, it’s build on the power of the Pro version with additional functionality, including:

NEW! Corporate Virtual Machine Provisioning to Any Mac

Business administrators can now provision pre-configured Windows virtual machines to a mixed fleet of Mac computers with both Intel and Apple M1 chip. IT managers can now specify download links and descriptions in Parallels My Account for both Intel and Apple M1 chip Mac computers, and Parallels Desktop will automatically download the proper image for each individual employee.

NEW! Deploy Parallels Desktop on a Multi-Architecture Mac Fleet with a Single Package

Parallels Desktop 17 is a universal binary application that makes it possible to create just one mass deployment package that can be used with both Intel- and M1-based Mac computers. With this new option, Parallels Desktop deployment using Mac Management tools and Self-Service Portal is remarkably simple.

NEW! Additional tools in Parallels Toolbox 5 for Mac and Windows

Parallels® Toolbox, which is included with Parallels Desktop subscriptions, introduced five new tools to its latest version. Focus on Window, Transform Text, Recognize Text, Barcode Scanner, and Barcode Generator have now been added to Parallels Toolbox’s extensive library of more than 30 everyday utilities.

Pricing and Availability

Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac Standard, Pro and Business Editions are all designed to offer an optimal experience on both M1 and Intel-based Mac computers. They can be purchased at https://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/ or from authorised resellers worldwide.

Parallels Desktop subscriptions include complimentary concurrent subscriptions to Parallels® Access 6.5 and Parallels Toolbox 5 for Mac and Windows.

For more information about Parallels products, to download free trial software, or purchase a subscription, please visit parallels.com.

Retail Recommended Price (RRP)

Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac

  • Upgrade to a perpetual license – US$49.99
  • New subscription – US$79.99 per year
  • New perpetual license – US$99.99

Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition

  • Upgrade from any edition – US$49.99 per year
  • New subscription – US$99.99 per year

Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition

  • US$99.99 per year

Notes:

  1. Running VMs on Apple M1 Mac computers in Parallels Desktop 17 requires ARM-based operating systems (OSs). Customers who install guest operating systems in Parallels Desktop virtual machines are responsible for making sure that they are compliant with each OSs’ end-user licensing agreement (EULA).
  2. Requires a Mac running macOS Monterey 12 or newer.
  3. Performance measurements conducted by Parallels. Measured with a prerelease version of Parallels Desktop 17 versus released version of Parallels Desktop 16. The performance will vary based on usage, system configuration and other factors.
  4. USB devices often require drivers. Not all vendors provide drivers for Windows on ARM, which may limit several supported devices on a Mac with Apple M1 chip.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Parallels and IN.FOM *

New iPhone 12 meets Singapore’s fastest 5G network

The latest Apple iPhone 12 has arrived in Singapore! New iPhone 12 meets Singapore’s fastest 5G network! On 23rd October 2020, Singtel welcomed a new era for the Apple iPhone, launching the much anticipated iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro on its ultra-fast 5G network. Singtel’s 5G network utilises 3.5GHz frequency, in addition to existing 2100MHz to offer blazing fast mobile speeds of more than 1.2Gbps on the iPhone 12 line-up.

The launch was unveiled at Singtel’s exclusive Apple showcase at 5G NOW@UNBOXED, a first-of-its kind brand takeover of its unmanned 5G pop-up store which demonstrates the powerful 5G experience that customers can have with their new iPhones together with innovative Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and gaming applications.

(Photo: RENDY ARYANTO/VVS.sg)

Ms Gan Siok Hoon, Managing Director of Sales & Mobile Marketing, Consumer Singapore at Singtel said, “We have seen very healthy demand for the new iPhone line-up with one model selling out in just 16 minutes. So far, about 70% of customers preferred to purchase their new iPhone online to avoid crowds amid the pandemic. Compared to last year, 30% more of them have opted for higher capacity phones with more memory storage for apps, photos and video content. With customers prioritising device and connectivity reliability during a time of heightened dependence on virtual interactions, a majority of them have also chosen to subscribe to our 5G services to unlock faster speeds and the next-generation features on the new iPhones.”

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro start at S$328 (1) and S$648 (2) respectively, on Singtel’s XO78 plan with 5G NOW. In order to unlock and optimise the next-generation features on their new 5G iPhone and enjoy ultra-fast mobile speeds, customers are encouraged to sign up for Singtel’s 5G NOW at S$10/month. 5G NOW comes with 5G access, 10GB of local mobile data and S$161 worth of Apple services, comprising 12-month subscriptions of Apple TV+ and iCloud 50GB storage, as well as a 9-month subscription to Apple Arcade which offers over 100 ad-free games. Singtel is celebrating the arrival of the new iPhone on its ultra-fast 5G network with exclusive deals and discounts of up to S$480 and a multitude of complimentary subscription to popular video streaming apps such as CAST, Viu Premium and Apple Music to complement customers’ iPhone 12 experience.

(Photo: RENDY ARYANTO/VVS.sg)

To enable customers to join in the excitement that surrounds the new iPhone from the comfort of home, Singtel has set up an iPhone x Singtel 5G Virtual Experience where customers can explore the new features of the new iPhone and Singtel’s valued-added services to enhance their iPhone 12 experience. They can also test their reflexes in a rhythm-based mini game, “Fastest to First” and stand a chance to win Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS + Cellular), AirPods Pro, and an exclusive VIP in-store experience.

For more pricing details on the iPhone 12 and Singtel’s 5G experience, customers can visit www.singtel.com/iphone.

Notes:

(1) and (2) Phone prices are inclusive of $50 discount from 5G NOW and $100 discount from new sign-ups or upgrade to XO78 and XO108 plan from a lower tier plan.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Singtel *

Singtel launched iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max at special event at MBS

On 10th September 2019, Apple announced the arrival of the their latest iPhone models. Apple announced iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max at their special event in USA. After this worldwide announcement, customers around the world eagerly waited for the new iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max to be available for their respective market. In Singapore, Singtel launched iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max at a special event at Marina Bay Sands (MBS) on 20th September 2019.

At the Singtel special launch event for the Apple iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, we witnessed the first Singtel customer to receive the new iPhone 11, he was Mr Ng K.A., 38, who started queuing at 0148hrs! He chose the Apple Phone 11 Pro Max 512GB in Midnight Green. While waiting for doors to open at 8am, he spent a couple of hours watching his favourite football team, Manchester United, in a Europa League game. A Singtel customer for more than 20 years and an Apple fan, the engineer said, “The new Midnight Green colour looks fantastic and I’m looking forward to taking great night mode pictures with the new triple lens setup.”

Ms Gan Siok Hoon, Vice President of Mobile Sales & Marketing, Consumer Singapore, Singtel said, “iPhone launches are always an exciting time for Singtel and our customers. With Singtel, the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are essential lifestyle companions when paired with our generous data plans and digital entertainment services such as Cast, HBO GO and data-free Apple Music. And With Singtel, collecting their new devices is a breeze for customers – whether they opt to pick their phones at our event at MBS, our stores,  our 24/7 unmanned pop-up store, UNBOXED, POPStations islandwide or get it delivered to their doorstep.”

When the doors opened, there was a warm welcome for the first group of Singtel customers walking into the function rooms at Marina Bay Sands. Singtel customers present at the special event also saw how other customers collect their new Apple iPhone 11! I manage to catch the new Apple iPhone 11 smartphone up close, thanks to fellow tech blogger Lester who was also at the Singtel special event!

If you are planning to upgrade to the Apple iPhone 11, 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max, you can get them from Singtel. The iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are available on XO plans that offer free Cast and HBO Go entertainment packs, free weekend data and up to 70GB data bundles, and on great value Combo plans. Customers can also enjoy additional savings when they purchase the new iPhones from Singtel:

  1. Upgrade mobile plan and enjoy S$100 off
  2. Sign up for Mobile SWOP and Apple Music at S$16.98 (U.P.S$19.88) to enjoy S$50 off
  3. Trade in iPhone (iPhone X or newer) and get S$600 off

Customers can get the latest updates on www.singtel.com/iphone.

* Information courtesy of Singtel *

LifeProof announced SL?M, NËXT and FR? for iPhone XS, XS Max and XR

The latest Apple iPhone models for the year 2018 had recently been announced not too long ago and they are now available in Singapore! I was at the Singtel launch event for the Apple iPhone XS, XS Max and Apple Watch Series 4, had a short hands on comparison with my iPhone 7 Plus and the latest iPhone XS and XS Max.

While I am admiring the latest Apple iPhone XS and XS Max, the prices for the new Apple iPhones are pretty expensive. Therefore, I would highly recommend that you get iPhone smartphone case cover protection for your new Apple iPhone XS, XS Max or XR that you are planning to own. Any damage to your Apple iPhone XS, XS Max or XR is going to be painful for yourself and your wallet, the repair cost is not going to be cheap.

I would like to introduce and share with you this brand, LifeProof. They produce stylish and trendy smartphone case covers for your Apple iPhones! With the arrival of the Apple iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, LifeProof announced SL?M, NËXT and FR? for iPhone XS, XS Max and XR!

Let me share more information on the LifeProof SL?M, NËXT and FR? for iPhone XS, XS Max and XR:

“With advanced features like the Super Retina display, dual-camera system and up to 512GB of storage, Apple continues to enhance the way we use smartphone technology in our everyday lives,” LifeProof CEO Jim Parke said. “LifeProof is delivering a bigger and better case collection than ever before to protect these iconic devices. Our full lineup of cases will keep iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XR safe no matter what adventure you prefer­, from the beach to the mountains, the schoolyard to the concrete jungle.”

SL?M is both stylish and drop proof. Screenless technology allows for direct contact with the touchscreen while the raised, beveled edge keeps the display protected from drops up to 6.6 feet (2 meters). The two-piece design features a clear back panel and rubberized color around the edges and front of the case. Plus, four attractive graphics options add a layer of style to the slimmest case in the LifeProof lineup.

NËXT is ready for adventure with protection against drops, dirt and snow. An open-screen design allows direct access to the display, while drop protection and port covers keep iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XR safe in the backyard or the backcountry. The two-piece clear shell wraps around the phone and protects the screen with a raised, beveled edge and super slim form. NËXT cases are drop tested to 6.6 feet (2 meters) and carry an IP-5X rating for blocking dirt and dust.

FR? upholds the LifeProof legacy of four-proof protection that protects from water, drops, dirt and snow. The two-piece design has a built-in screen protector to guard against scratches to the brilliant display and seals the device from water, down to 6.6 feet (2 meters) deep, for up to an hour. Port covers keep dust and dirt out of the charging port and speakers.

SL?M and NËXT are available today for iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max, it is coming soon for iPhone XR. FR? is coming soon for iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XR. To learn more or sign up for product notifications, visit lifeproof.asia.

SL?M and NËXT for iPhone Xs, Xs Max and XR are available at Best Denki, Epicentre, iStudio, LOL, Newstead, Nubox, and other authorised retail stores in Singapore.

Prices of the units are as follow:

Device Series SGD (RRP)   Device Series SGD  (RRP)   Device Series SGD  (RRP)
Xs FRE $129.00   Xs Max FRE $159.00 XR FRE $159.00
SLAM $59.90   SLAM $79.90   SLAM $79.90
NEXT $99.00   NEXT $119.00 NEXT $119.00

* Information courtesy of LifeProof and Brand Cellar *

Find Your You with your OtterBox and iPhone XS, XS Max and XR

The latest Apple iPhone models for the year 2018 had recently been announced not too long ago and they are now available in Singapore! I was at the Singtel launch event for the Apple iPhone XS, XS Max and Apple Watch Series 4, had a short hands on comparison with my iPhone 7 Plus and the latest iPhone XS and XS Max.

While I am admiring the latest Apple iPhone XS and XS Max, the prices for the new Apple iPhones are pretty expensive. Therefore, I would highly recommend that you get iPhone smartphone case cover protection for your new Apple iPhone XS, XS Max or XR that you are planning to own. Any damage to your Apple iPhone XS, XS Max or XR is going to be painful for yourself and your wallet, the repair cost is not going to be cheap.

The OtterBox brand comes to my mind immediately, this is a brand that I am familiar since I started covering/reviewing the OtterBox brand in the year 2013 and I had also used it for my earlier Apple iPhone models too. Investing in a quality smartphone case cover is a must (in my personal humble opinion) and I highly recommend OtterBox.

From the OtterBox family of smartphone cases, they have the trendy designs to rugged designs, from slim cases to rugged and burly, as well as smartphone case models in between.

With the launch of the Apple iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, OtterBox has also released new smartphone cases models for them! Let me share with you more information and details:

“We watch Apple improve and enhance its technology every year, and we are doing the same by enhancing the protection, style and design of each of our case series to make them better than ever,” said Jim Parke, OtterBox CEO. “Whether facing drops, dings or scratches, OtterBox protection keeps your device looking like new. That way, when it’s time to use Apple GiveBack, you will get every penny that you deserve.”

Each iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XR case design undergoes a minimum of 24 tests across more than 238 hours to earn the OtterBox Certified Drop+ Protection seal. These tests ensure lasting protection from drops, bumps, scratches and dings.

OtterBox offers a broad suite of cases, because iPhone users are as diverse and complex as their phone features. There’s an OtterBox case for everyone:

  • Symmetry Series has been redesigned with a slimmer form and easy-push buttons and comes in a broad array of colors and graphics in a sleek, one-piece design. With an ultra-slim form, Symmetry Series is the perfect fashion statement to slide in and out of pockets.
  • Defender Series offers rugged protection for iPhone X, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XR. The multi-layer design absorbs and dissipates shock, while port covers keep dirt and debris out. Available in a wide variety of colors and build-your-own options.
  • Pursuit Series is OtterBox’s thinnest, most protective case with protection against drop, dust, dirt and snow intrusion. The two-piece design seals together around iPhone and features audio scoops, a sealed camera opening and an included lanyard to tether it to your arm.
  • Crafted for luxury seekers, Strada Series Folio features a genuine leather cover, magnetic front clasp and folio design to keep the screen from scratches. The inside cover offers a card slot ideal for holding a credit card and ID.
  • Thin, protective and ready to go, Commuter Series is perfect for the everyday trek to work. The outer shell and inner slipcover absorb shock and stay slim, while port covers keep dust out of ports. Available in a wide variety of colors and build-your-own options.
  • All OtterBox cases are compatible with Alpha Glass fortified screen guards. Alpha Glass guards against scuffs, scratches and dings to the brilliant display on iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XR.

Symmetry Series, Defender Series, Pursuit Series, Strada Series Folio, Commuter Series and Alpha Glass are available now for iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max and are coming soon for iPhone XR. Learn more at otterbox.asia.

Pursuit Series, Symmetry Series, Defender Series, Commuter Series, Strada Series Folio and Alpha Glass are available now at Best Denki, Epicentre, iStudio, LOL, Newstead, Nubox, and other authorised retail stores in Singapore.

Prices of the models are as follow:

Device Series SGD (RRP)
Xs and Xs Max Defender $89 to $99
Commuter $45 to $59
Symmetry $59 to $89
Pursuit $109 to $129
Strada $79 to $95
Alpha Glass $89

Notes:

Symmetry Series, Defender Series, Commuter Series, and Strada Series Folio are NOT protective against water. Will provide added protection against drops and shock. Pursuit Series case is NOT protective against water. Will provide added protection against bumps, drops, shock, dust, dirt and snow.

* Information courtesy of OtterBox Asia and Brand Cellar *