IDG: Macworld/iWorld is Going on a Hiatus

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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.

Apple’s Next Event Set for Oct. 16

“It’s been way too long.”

I am really hoping we see some big updates to the Mac lineup. It feels like the Mac mini hasn’t been updated in forever and that the Retina iMac has been “coming soon” for years now.

NORWAY — A Time-Lapse Adventure

This is a time-lapse video resulting from a 15,000 km (almost 10,000 miles) long road trip and tens of thousands of images taken along the way over the last 5 months. The journey has covered all of Norway’s 19 counties, from the far south to the Russian border in the Northeast.
The aim of this 5 minute short film is to show the variety of Norway, everything from the deep fjords in the Southwest, to the moon landscape in the North, the Aurora Borealis (Nothern Lights) and the settlements and cities around the country, both in summer and wintertime. The video shows some of the most scenic places in Norway, such as Lofoten, Senja, Helgelandskysten, Geirangerfjorden, Nærøyfjorden and Preikestolen.

Incredible footage. Make sure you watch it in at least 1080p.

Unread App has a new home

Unread is currently my favorite RSS Reader app, both on my iPhone 5 and iPad mini with Retina display. It is a fantastically crafted app by Jared Sinclair and thanks to its minimalistic UI and focus on Typography, quickly replaced Fiery RSS for me. I subscribe to a lot of personal blogs and a lot of my time in the app is spent reading what others are writing — so good typography matters.

Unfortunately, Jared recently announced that he was taking up a full-time position at BlogLovin, which meant the development on his apps was to cease. Thankfully, Unread has found a new home, with the folks at Supertop. Supertop are the folks behind Castro and Tokens.

On their blog, they write:

Unread makes an excellent companion to our podcast app, Castro. Both apps are news/entertainment focused, share similar design goals and even rely on the same underlying feed technology. We are grateful to Jared for trusting us with the future of Unread and look forward to developing and refining both of these apps for years to come.

I’m glad Unread will live on and look forward to the improvements they bring to the app.

New iCloud Pricing for India

With the launch of iOS 8 on September 17th, Apple has revamped the pricing for iCloud storage. The pricing is far more affordable now and you can get up to 1TB of storage for $19.99 a month. Every account comes with 5GB of Free storage and has the option to upgrade to 20GB for Rs. 60/month, 200GB for Rs. 250GB/month, 500GB for Rs. 600/month or 1TB for Rs. 1200/month.

This new pricing is already live if you have iOS 8 or Yosemite running on your devices.

Apple slashes iPhone prices in India

Rajat Agrawal & Sambit Satpathy for BGR India:

The 16GB and 32GB iPhone 5S variants now have a MRP of Rs 44,500 and Rs 49,500 respectively. The 8GB iPhone 5C, on the other hand, sees its price drop to Rs 31,500.

Interesting move. The iPhone 5s Gold has been selling for around 35-36k on Amazon & Flipkart over the last few days, so I wonder what effect this price cut has on those prices.

With the imminent launch of iPhone 6 in India next month (likely October 17th), I’m hoping it is priced just below the 50k mark.