It seems like every iPhone launch needs to beat the record set by the previous model. Apple just announced that the iPhone 5 pre-orders reaches 2 million in 24 hours. That is more than double of the 1 million record held by iPhone 4S. And if I’m not mistaken, we are just talking about the pre-order numbers from Apple Online Store. The number will be greater if we include the number of iPhone 5 sold by the telcos.

The iPhone 5 will be available in 9 countries (including Singapore) from 21 September. Apple will continue to roll out the iPhone 5 in 22 more countries on 28 September. I must say that the speed that they are rolling out the iPhone 5 is pretty impressive.
The iPhone 5 comes in either white & silver or black & slate, and will be available in Singapore for a suggested retail price of S$948 for the 16GB model and S$1088 for the 32GB model and S$1238 for the 64GB model. We still don’t have the pricing from the 3 local telcos yet.
Disclaimer: These are my own views and not representative of those of my employer.

Merlion, the mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish created by Singapore Tourism Board, celebrated its 40th birthday last Saturday. The Merlion was unveiled by then-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew on 15 September 1972. The older folks will remember that the Merlion used to be located at the mouth of Singapore river before being moved to its current location in 2002 as the newly build Esplanade Bridge was blocking its view.
A special light show with pyrotechnics was put in place for the past few days to celebrate it’s 40th Birthday. Merlion never looked so pretty in the evening before.

Happy Birthday Merlion.

Website hosting service Go Daddy was hit by a six-hour outage few days ago. Although a hacker group claimed that it was behind the outage, it seems like the outage is caused internally. According to Go Daddy, the service outage was due to a series of internal network events that corrupted router data tables.
Here’s the apology letter send out to all GoDaddy customers.

We owe you a big apology for the intermittent service outages we experienced on September 10 that may have impacted your website, your email and other Go Daddy services.
We let you down and we know it. We take our responsibilities — and the trust you place in us — very seriously. I cannot express how sorry I am to those of you who were inconvenienced.
The service outage was due to a series of internal network events that corrupted router data tables. Once the issues were identified, we took corrective actions to restore services for our customers and We have implemented a series of immediate measures to fix the problem.
At no time was any sensitive customer information, including credit card data, passwords or names and addresses, compromised.
Throughout our history, we have provided 99.999% uptime in our DNS infrastructure. This is the level of performance we expect from ourselves. Monday, we fell short of these expectations. We have learned from this event and will use it to drive improvement in our services.
It’s an honor to serve you. As always, please call us 24/7 at 480-505-8877 — anytime, for any reason.
Scott Wagner

Oh, and GoDaddy is now having a 30% discount with the promo code Apology4a.

After the announcement of the iPhone 5, a lot of people were comparing it with the Samsung GALAXY S III. The problem is that the GALAXY S III in Singapore isn’t the LTE version.
Well, not anymore. Samsung just announced (1 day after the iPhone 5 announcement) that the Samsung GALAXY S III LTE will be available in Singapore from end September. Yeap, 1 more LTE phone for Singaporeans to choose from.
The spec is the same as the non LTE version of GALAXY S III. You still get that huge 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED display. 8 Megapixel rear camera and 1.9 Megapixel front facing camera. And the best part is that the Samsung GALAXY S III LTE runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

But here’s the problem. The Samsung GALAXY S III was launch in late May and four months later there is an improved version that comes with LTE. Not sure how the GALAXY S III owners will feel.
The Samsung GALAXY S III LTE will retail at S$998 without line contract. Comes in Marble White and Titanium Grey.

Since the new iPhone 5 has a completely new form factor, you can be sure that a lot of people will be buying new accessories like cases and screen protector. And accessories makers will be rushing to get their products ready for the iPhone 5 launch on 21 September 2012.

Well, Ozaki just announce their new O!coat Fruit iPhone 5 case. It is just 1mm thick and weighs 10g. This allows you to protect your new iPhone 5 without too much thickness and weight. It also allow you to have access to the camera, controls and ports without removing the case.
The Ozaki O!coat Fruit come in 10 yummy and colorful fruits reflect your personal motto.

The Ozaki O!coat Fruit iPhone 5 case will retail at S$29.90.

Good news everyone! Singapore is now on the first tier and we will be getting the iPhone 5 on 21 September 2012.

Which means we might even get the iPhone 5 earlier than those in US because of timezone difference. Cool!
I won’t be talking much about the iPhone 5 specs since most blogs have already talked about it. But in short, a 4 inch screen, iOS 6, new 19 port connector, nano SIM and LTE. And yes, the LTE is compatible with the LTE standard that we are using in Singapore.
7.6mm thick and weighs 112g. The 3.5mm earphone jack has been moved to the bottom of the phone. The iPhone 5 comes with the new Apple EarPods. It took Apple 3 years to design these natural fit and increased durability earphones.
The iPhone 5 will comes in Black and White. The white version has a raw aluminum back while the black version has a black anodized backing. I think for the first time, most people will agree with me that the Black look nicer.

Disclaimer: These are my own views and not representative of those of my employer.