Apple launches new iPad Mini and 4th Gen iPad

After all the leaks in what possibly is Apple’s worst kept secret, Apple unveiled the all new iPad Mini in the media event it hosted 1am Malaysian Time. The iPad Mini was released to combat the fierce competition from Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle series. The specs seemed lackluster and last gen compared to the new iPad, but it was necessary to meet the $349 starting price of the Mini. Specs include a 7.9 inch 1024×768 display, a dual core A5 processor all in a slim 7.5mm thick frame. It also comes with a 5MP iSight camera, Nd Apple promises a  10 hour battery life, as it does with all its iPads.

In the midst of all the hoohah, Apple managed to shock the entire world, by releasing the 4th generation iPad, 7 months after the 3rd generation. The new “new” iPad keeps most of the 3rd gen specs, save for a new Facetime HD front shooter, and all new A6X cpu that’s twice as fast. Both the iPads come with apples new Lightning connector, a move to standardise its ports.

Keep it locked to Cracktech on availability of the new iPads in Malaysia.

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[Official] Maxis One Club Promo : The New iPad from only RM699!

Maxis are really pushing their One Club membership for their power users. After unveiling their new iPad plans, they have released this promotion for One Members. The plan is exclusive to One Club members who sign up for 12GB plan over 24 months for RM108/month. That’s RM300 less than Maxis’ normal offering for normal customers. Additionally , you also get a few eBooks free from the exclusive Maxis App. The offer is only valid until 30 June 2012 so make sure you sign up fast.

Check here to see if you’re eligible for One membership.  Keep it locked to CrackTech.

The Cost to Charge Your iPad Over a Year is Less Than a Cup of Coffee

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Fact of the day: Apple’s iPad only costs a mere $1.36 to charge each year. According to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the tablet consumes just 12 kWh a year for users that reach a full charge every other day. The central point, as it were, to EPRI’s findings? Energy requirements are changing thick and fast.

To get some context, a 42-inch plasma TV consumer 358 kWh of electricity a year, EPRI said. Or, more closely, a laptop PC (unspecified by EPRI) will consume 72.3 kWh of electricity each year and cost $8.31. Apple’s iPhone 3G consumes 2.2 kWh, or $.25 annually.

“As information technologies continue to change rapidly we see important implications for energy consumption,” said Mark McGranaghan, vice president of Power Delivery and Utilization at EPRI.

Of course, consumer actions vary, meaning results will depend on how much video, gaming and Web browsing one does. In addition, battery technology and features are changing all the time, so one would assume that a device’s footprint, at least charging it, will continue to get better, according to EPRI.

[Official] Celcom offers The New iPad from RM1388

Want Apple’s latest iPad? Are you on Celcom? Good news! The best of both of your worlds have come together. Celcom has revealed its new iPad plans today. This actually comes as a surprise to us as it’s quite a long time since the launch earlier this year. The plans go from as low as RM1329 for the 16GB Wifi + Cellular model which retails for RM1899. That’s a RM570 savings.

For larger capacity, Celcom is also offering data plans for the 32GB and 64GB iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular models with 12 or 24 months commitment under two different plans – Celcom Broadband iPad Basic at RM70/month or Celcom Broadband iPad Advance at RM100 a month. Check out what the plans have to offer below.

Visit Celcom’s page for the full rundown. Be sure to keep it locked to CrackTech for all your tech news.

iOS 6 Features That Will and Won’t Work on your Older iDevice

Apple’s finally launched iOS 6 for its devices , launching this fall. We all love new stuff — and iOS 6, the new software for iPhone and iPad, is packed with cool new stuff. But before you get too excited, is your iDevice a bit long in the tooth? Read on to find out which features you won’t be able to get on your iPhone 4iPhone 3GS or 3G, or older iPad.

The features that are most likely to be missing from your iPhone or iPad are Siri and some elements of the new Apple Maps app, as well as restrictions on photo sharing, FaceTime and Safari. Here’s which features are missing from which phones.

iPhone 4S

As the most recent model, the iPhone 4S has all the features of iOS 6 present and correct. So there’s the new own-brand Maps app, updated Siri and Safari, Facebook integration, 3G FaceTime, and a new-look phone app. Plus there’s the photo stream to share snaps to the web, and a new data-storing Passbook. The 4S is also the only Apple device to support officially certified Made for iPhone hearing aids.

iPhone 4

The iPhone 4 gets many of the new features in iOS 6 — but not all. Kicking off with the Maps app, the iPhone 4 won’t get sat nav-style turn-by-turn directions or the 3D Flyover mode. We’re not too fussed about missing out on Flyover — the 3D-modelled cities in Android’s Google Mapslook lovely but are distracting when you just want to get around.

But turn-by-turn directions are far more useful and are a serious omission. Instead, you’ll have to turn to third-party apps such as TomTom or CoPilot.

The other thing missing from the iPhone 4 is Siri. Apple’s voice-controlled personal assistant has a tonne of new features in iOS 6, but none of them are coming to the iPhone 4, 3GS or older.

iPhone 3GS

The iPhone 3GS will get iOS 6, but as with the iPhone 4, turn-by-turn navigation, 3D flyover and Siri are missing. The 3GS also misses out on shared photo streams, 3G FaceTime and VIP smart mailbox. And there’s no offline reading in Safari, but you can still stick with the likes of article-saving apps Instapaper and Pocket (formerly known as Read It Later).

But we’re more worried about what the update will do to the phone’s performance — just because the new software will work on the phone doesn’t mean it’ll improve things. We remember when previous updates arrived on the iPhone 3G and 3GS, and slowed those older phones down to a horrifying extent. We suggest waiting to see how other 3GS owners get on before updating.

iPhone 3G and original iPhone

No iOS 6 for the 3G and original iPhone, but come on — isn’t it about time you got a new phone anyway?

New iPad

On to Apple’s tablets. As with the 4S, the new iPad is the latest model and so is blessed with the full range of iOS 6 features — including, for the first time, voice-controlled smart-aleck Siri.

iPad 2

The iPad 2 gets iOS 6 and all the new features and apps, including turn-by-turn navigation and 3D flyover in the new Maps app. But there’s no love for Siri: the chirpy voice-controlled personal assistant remains exclusive to the iPhone 4S and new iPad.

iPad

The original iPad adds iOS 6 and the new Maps app, but misses out on turn-by-turn directions and the 3D Flyover mode. There’s no access to shared photo streams, no 3G FaceTime, and no VIP smart mailbox. Like the iPhone 3GS, if you want to save an article to read later, you need a third-party app because Safari won’t save articles for you. And of course, Siri says no siree.

Which new Apple features are you most excited about? Are you disappointed that your phone is missing out? Which features would tempt you to splash out for a new phone? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or on our Facebook page.

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