AMITIAE - Tuesday 22 March 2016
Cassandra: How Apple Event Announcements Relate to Thailand
By Graham K. Rogers
Briefly, the iPhone is a 4" version with four colours: space grey, silver, gold and rose gold. It has the same 64-bit A9 chip in the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. A number of countries are shown as being in line for the phone starting on 31 March (pre-orders 24 March): Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, US Virgin Islands and the US.
A larger number of countries is listed for the second wave in early April: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Guernsey, Jersey, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Maldives, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and UAE.
Taking previous iPhone releases into account, I would not expect the iPhone SEto be available in Thailand until late April or early May.
iPad Pro 9.7 - Apple Image
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro will be available in early April in Albania, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Guam, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Macau (Wi-Fi models only), Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand (Wi-Fi models only), Turkey and UAE.
Note that only the three wifi models will be available in Thailand. I speculate that this is because of the Apple SIM that comes pre-installed: either local carriers or the regulators here will not accept this. Prices in Thailand are shown on the Apple pages for Thailand as 32 GB, 22,900 baht; 128 GB, 28,900 baht; 256 GB, 34,900 baht.
Also note that at the bottom of the Thai pages is a new link to pages in English language: a welcome return there.
Unannounced at the event was a new Apple Lightning to USB-C cable in 1 meter and 2 meter lengths, priced at $25 and $35 respectively (Jeff Benjamin, 9to5Mac)
There are also replacement ends for the Apple Pencil: a pack of 4 costs
SoftwareThere were a number of software releases announced during the event: iOS, OS X, WatchOS, AppleTV OS. Other related software updated includes Safari 9.1 (an issue that prevented Twitter t.co links from loading has been fixed), iTunes 12.3.3 (adds support for syncing with iPhone SE and iPad Pro), and XCode 7.3 (a 2.66 GB download).
The Health app has been updated and some of the displays have turned from graphs to bar format.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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