Twelve South’s SurfacePad for iPhone 6

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Twelve South, makers of some of my favorite accessories for Mac & iOS, today announced the SurfacePad for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The SurfacePad is a premium quality leather jacket of sorts for your iPhone. It’s designed to be super light and super thin, so it doesn’t add a bulk of mass to your iPhone. It covers both the front & back of your iPhone and includes pockets for two cards on the inside-front, so you can store your credit card or ID card there. It also works as a quick, hands-free display stand when you want to watch a video or movie with friends.

Over the years, Twelve South have released some of the most beautiful, premium class accessories for Mac & iOS devices and each of their products is just as good as the others. I personally own a BackPack for iMac, HiRise for iMac and BookArc for MacBook Pro. I’ve been wanting to get the HiRise Dock for my iPhone for a while now, but the high shipping costs to India aren’t helpful at all.

SurfacePad for iPhone 6 costs $39.99 while the iPhone 6 Plus version costs $49.99. Both are available for purchase directly from Twelve South or from Amazon.

Google Introduces Voice Calls from Hangouts in India

Google has announced a new feature that will be available via the Hangouts app available for iOS and Android devices. Users will now be able to make international voice calls to phone numbers outside of India.

Using the Hangouts app for iOS (App Store Link) and Android (Google Play Link) as well as the web, users will now be able to make free calls to phone numbers in the US and Canada as well as to any other Hangouts users. Calls to any other regions are charged, but at really low rates.

This feature will be welcomed by millions of people in the country who most likely have a family member, friend or a relative currently living in US or Canada. Additionally, with the launch of Android One handsets in the country, Google is already pushing Android to the masses.

New 2014 Mac Mini Has Soldered RAM, Not User Replaceable

Juli Clover writing on Mac Rumors:

Many have speculated that the Mac mini also includes soldered RAM, which has now been confirmed by Macminicolo’s Brian Stucki. According to Stucki, the RAM in the Mac mini is “not user accessible,” which means those who purchase Mac minis are limited to 16GB of RAM that must be upgraded when purchasing the machine from Apple.

All three Mac mini models can be upgraded to a maximum of 16GB of RAM, with the upgrade priced at $300 for the base model and $200 for the mid and high-end models.

The Mac mini was not only an excellent choice as an entry-level desktop Mac, but it also worked as a great upgrade-later machine. I’ve recommended the Mac mini to many of my friends who bought it as their first Mac and went on to upgrade the RAM & HDD after purchase.

Now, not only can you not do any upgrades after purchase, but you can’t even order configurable options in India, so you’re stuck with the three standard models as your choices.

How App Store’s ‘Complete My Bundle’ Pricing Works

Panic’s Cabel Sasser clears the mystery around the pricing of the ‘Complete My Bundle’ option on the App Store.

Complete My Bundle takes whatever money you’ve paid for the individual apps and applies that towards the bundle’s fixed price. So, if you buy an app on sale, or use a promo code, your Complete My Bundle price can be different than someone else’s, and in some situations it might be cheaper to buy the remaining app(s) individually.

Official Pricing of 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display in India

Apple today introduced a stellar new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display that offers a resolution of 5120×2880 pixels, making it the highest resolution display ever with 14.7 Million pixels. On the inside, this iMac features a 3.5GHz Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9GHz, AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics, 8GB Ram and 1TB Fusion Drive along with 2 Thunderbolt posts and ships with OS X Yosemite.

The iMac with Retina 5K Display has been priced at Rs. 1,79,900 in India.

Official iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 Pricing in India

At its annual October event, Apple today introduced the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 — the latest generation of its iPad lineup. The new iPad Air 2 features a completely overhauled industrial design that makes it the thinnest iPad ever at just 6.1mm thin. It features an improved Retina display with more vibrant colors, an improved camera which takes breathtaking photos and Touch ID. On the inside, it boasts a new A8X chip that offers 40% better CPU performance at 2.5 times the GPU performance compared to previous generation iPad as well as a faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi module with data rates up to 866Mbps.

Both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be available in Gold, Silver & Space Grey variants.

The following is the official pricing of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 in India:

iPad Air 2 Pricing in India

iPad Model16GB64GB128GB
iPad Air 2 - Wi-fi Rs. 35,900Rs. 42,900Rs. 49,900
iPad Air 2 - Wifi + CellularRs. 45,900Rs. 52,900Rs. 59,900
iPad mini 3 - WifiRs. 28,900Rs. 35,900Rs. 42,900
iPad mini 3 - Wifi + CellularRs. 38,900Rs. 45,900Rs. 52,900
iPad AirRs. 28,900
iPad mini 2 (Retina display)Rs. 21,900
iPad miniRs. 17,900

IDG: Macworld/iWorld is Going on a Hiatus

Since 1985, Macworld events have brought together a community to celebrate the incredible innovations that Apple has brought into the world, shining a spotlight on the developers who add value to the user’s experience in infinite ways. As Apple products and the related ecosystem have changed, so has the marketplace, and we are proud to have played a part in that evolution. Literally thousands of companies and hundreds of products have come to market at Macworld, and countless professional relationships have been forged. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Apple community for allowing us to host these events and be a part of the incredible story that is the Apple market.

iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus Arrive in 36 More Countries and Territories This Month

Apple today announced that the iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus would be arriving in 36 more countries and territories this month. This is the fastest ever rollout by Apple for iPhone and it begins with two of the largest mobile markets in the world.

  • Friday, October 17: China, India and Monaco
  • Thursday, October 23: Israel
  • Friday, October 24: Czech Republic, French West Indies, Greenland, Malta, Poland, Reunion Island and South Africa
  • Thursday, October 30: Bahrain and Kuwait
  • Friday, October 31: Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Guam, Hungary, Iceland, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macau, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, South Korea, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine and Thailand

The iPhone is set to be released here in India at midnight on October 17th and the stores (Apple Premium Resellers) have already taken over 100 pre-orders each. I opted for a Space Gray, 64GB iPhone 6 this year that will replace by Silver 16GB iPhone 5 and I’m hoping to pick it up at midnight, right after the Apple Event scheduled on Oct. 16th.

iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China Top 20 Million

[…] China’s three biggest carriers including China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom have processed over 10 million of those pre-orders, while JD.com states that it has received 9.5 million pre-orders for both devices. JD.com specifies that 4.7 million pre-orders are for the iPhone 6, while 4.8 million pre-orders are for the iPhone 6 Plus. The figures also do not include pre-orders accepted by Apple or its over 6,000 resellers in the country.

Doomed.