Little kids going nuts with their presents up here. Seriously. Here, have some pictures.
That’s right. I’ve made it back safely to New Zealand. And, as you all know (well, you better know…), I had some precious cargo.
But right now, I’m not concerned with fanboying over the new iPhone. Okay, so maybe I am a little, but more on that later. What I really want to discuss is the actual logistics of the entire event.
I felt that it all went quite smoothly. People lined up, they were served. Exactly how it should be. Except, you know, the lines weren’t even on their property, and they had to go far beyond the call of duty for us. I’m sure they were paid handsomely for their efforts, but that’s not the point.
Apple staff began to make their appearance at around 5:30 AM. They were great. Really. They kept the atmosphere lively, and put up with the strain of the same repetitive questions that they received with every footstep. I swear, I was getting more frustrated than them, and I wasn’t even being asked anything. In fact, I was quite lonely. Well, up until 6ish, when I linked onto an Emerates Pilot Captain from UAE. He was friendly enough.
The Apple staff handed out queue cards, which were, essentially, our tokens for our iPhone 5s. We chose what colour and how much memory, then we took this to the desk, then we got our phones. Of course, this took about four hours each time attempted.
I really can’t stress how many people were there. They would have easily sold 2000 iPhone 5s while I was there. But, like I said before, the Apple Store’s staff made it quite smooth and as pain-free as they could (besides the standing pains, and whatever else you might have picked up in the line).
I’d also like to apologise for the lack-of-promised video. I had to choose between replying to Tweets and updating the blog, or taking a video and leaving you all in the dark. I’m seriously considering investing in an external battery case.
Also, sorry for randomly stopping with the Twitter. After you’ve just stood in a never-ending queue, with little-to-no sleep, you start to lose motivation.
One more thing that I’m sorry for – for being so repetitive. I feel like I’ve told you the same things over and over again.
But yeah, I feel like I’m about to get thrashed on this topic, so I’m bracing myself for all your questions.Read More
What up, my Kiwis?
I’m feeling rather alone, out here, but it’s totally okay, because at 10AM New Zealand time, the Apple Store here will be opening, and selling the first iPhone 5s. Ever.
Right now, it’s pretty cold. Although, apparently, it’s 15 degrees. Definitely doesn’t feel like it.
If you were following my journey posts, then you’ll know where I’m up to now. If not, lemme help catch you up to speed:
I arrived in Sydney at 8:10PM, local time. After catching all the trains and stocking up on supplies, I made it to the Apple Store at about 9. Then I followed the queue all the way around the block, and took my position as 101. Then, I sat there. For hours. And hours.
Most recently, there have been teams of people setting up barriers, dividing the footpath in two – one side for the queue, and one side for thoroughfare. Now, I have two and a half hours left to wait.
I’m finally in range of Wi-Fi, although I think a lot of people are using the same one, so it might cut out a bit. This means I can finally be live on Twitter, until I tell you all that I’m going to crash somewhere. Follow @iphonewzealand, and ask me whatever questions that you have. I’ll be here as much as this Wi-Fi lets me.Read More
iOS 6 became available for download early this morning. After installing it on my iPhone I can tell you that patience is important.
Just like when iOS 5 arrived, a lot pf people are having problems downloading it. It took me two goes this morning on my iPhone. The first time I was trying to use applications at the same time and I dont think it liked it. So if your having problems, try what I did; change the auto screen lock to ‘never’ so you can watch it download and just be very patient. I would also recommend plugging the device into a charger.
Anyway, mine took almost an hour to complete, which is a little long. The wait was worth it though.
Having an iPhone 4, I was a little worried that I would miss out on some of the updates but it looks like the only thing really is the siri update.
My favourite and probably the biggest change in iOS 6 is the new maps. I previously used other map apps when driving because the old iPhone maps did not include turn by turn navigation which was up to my standards. I have not been for a drive yet but the maps app already looks very good.
Being able to use the app in landscape position is a significant improvement for me. It is now a lot easier and safer for me to find my location.
Another sneeky thing that I have just noticed is that you can now Tweet from the notification center. If you slide it down from the top of the screen a tweet box appears. Thats handy I suppose.
Safari has also had a little spruce up. You can now share via Facebook and the whole thing looks a lot better.
The app store has had some design upgrades and looks very impressive. The Genius tool has become the center option. I never use it but its not hiding anymore.
YouTube has just dissapeared which means that you need to download the new idependant YouTube app. Dont worry its a lot better than the old one anyway.
Most of the apps that come included in the iPhone have had small adjustments, some just a colour change.
The coolest change for me is the maps, just because I drive a lot. Once you download iOS 6, get into it and explore the new upgrades. I plan to install it on my iPad later.
Let me know how you feel about it.
Check out a full run down of the updates from Apple here
Edit: There is currently world wide problems connecting to wifi with iOS 6, hold fire on downloading it if this will effect you. Hopefully they will fix it soon…Read More
After a good (terrible) night’s sleep, I had to force myself out of bed to make any last-minute adjustments to my inventory. This is my first time travelling alone. I feel all grown up. Like a big man. But, you know, business is business, and I can’t go getting too excited now. Clear head, and all that. Although that’ll probably be quite hard, considering that I’m going to be running off coffee and random brunch bars from whatever airport cafeteria decides to serve me. Oh, I should probably tell you all what I’m doing… I’m on my way to Sydney to buy a few iPhone 5s. You know, just casually.
I’m actually in Auckland, at the moment, though. Flew up from Palmerston North early this morning. Met the homies that’re s’posed to be running this show – they seem professional enough. I have to admit, though, I still feel like this isn’t really happening. The decision for me to embark was just made yesterday, and I’m worried that I’m gonna get to the airport, and something bad is gonna happen… Like I’ve forgotten to do something important.
I’m sure it’ll all be fine.
Anyway, this is gonna be like a diary. I’ll fill you all in on what I’m doing, when I’m doing it, significant or not. Bare with me, this is going to be a long 36 hours, but it’ll be worth it in the end. Be prepared for some video footage, as well, after I edit it all and finally make it home. Well, so long as my iPhone’s battery holds out.
Anyway, ciao, for now. Watch this space.
By the way, these times will be New Zealand times.
I’ve been discarded onto the bus. No more holding hands, I’m on my own to fulfil my destiny.
But seriously, I’m quite looking forward to this. I mean, how cool do I look? A 20 year-old, going to Australia for a day of business. Bring on the rest of the world.
I’m on the plane. Right now. I probably shouldn’t be updating this while I’m on the plane, but it’s okay.
I got a seat at the very back. In the aisle. Thank god. Snooze time for me.
See you all in four hours.
9:39 PM, Thursday:
After spilling butter chicken in embarrassing places on my white jeans, and having a ten-minute snooze, I’ve finally arrived in Sydney. I’m still actually trapped in the plane, at the moment. I managed to get one of the seats in the very back row, so I have to wait for everyone else to sloth out of here. I think the couple that were supposed to be sitting next to me cancelled, because I somehow managed to have the entire row to myself. Who needs business class when you can have your own luxury in economy?
It’s about 18 degrees C outside. I imagine that it’ll feel like a New Zealand alcohol-blanket.
Anyway, customs time. Be back later.
Okay, so I’ve given up on Wi-Fi, because none of the networks work for me… Really annoying. And I’m also in queue. On the other side of the block. As in, you walk to the Apple Store, then you walk around the corner, then you walk to the next intersection, and you turn another corner, and you walk a bit more, and you’re there. You know, everyone seems to have come in pairs. I’m pretty sure that I’m the only one dumb enough to do this alone. But I guess I have you guys for moral support, right?
People keep walking past and staring, like they’ve never seen raging fanboys before. About 80% of this queue so far are Asian. They keep taking photos and videos of the line. I’ll probably appear on the cover of some underground tech magazine or something. Anyway, gotta save battery life.
Over and out.
12:51 AM, Friday:
I’m dead. Like, I feel like I’m going to collapse. But I must carry on. Hopefully I’ll be able to get some sleep soon. Apparently this bar that I’m outside – Forbes Hotel – doesn’t close until 4AM NZ time, so I’m …
Okay, so it seems that a few of you are still a little bit confused about the reach of Apple’s releases to New Zealand. I’ll give a rundown on what I know so far:
iOS 6 is being released today. Make sure you back-up your devices before you install. That way, when you restore, all your contacts, messages and apps will be saved, and you’ll still be running the iOS 6 firmware.
Yes, Facetime is still supposed to work in New Zealand over 3G. Obviously I’m not able to confirm that yet, but there has been nothing to tell me that it won’t work.
Apparently the new dictation feature of iOS 6 doesn’t understand the Kiwi accent, which doesn’t seem to make sense to me, as Siri can understand me just fine. We’ll see how all that goes, though, when it’s released. On the topic of Siri, she’s still going to be fairly useless, as she doesn’t have a clue what Burger Fuel is, or Hell’s Pizza, for that matter, and I don’t think she’s that much of an avid fan of the All Blacks, or Wellington’s Phoenix. Also, she hasn’t brushed up on her geography skills, since the last time we met her. Apparently she isn’t too good on giving directions around the country.
I can never find any times for any releases, and, quite frankly, it’s starting to annoy me… Someone posted in the chatbox to the right that it should be released at 1PM New Zealand time. That’s the closest that I’ve managed to find.
As for the iPhone 5, pre-order seems to be the 21st of this month, in New Zealand, and will be on the shelves on Friday 28th September. As for the time, I really have no idea, like usual. I’m guessing that it’ll be midnight, if you buy it online from the Apple Store. As for retail outlets, maybe they’re running their own special promotion times, or they plan to be open at midnight as well. It might pay to visit your local store to see what they have planned for it. But I do know that it is speculated that, by the end of the month, sales will have reached between 10-12 million worldwide.
The RRP of the iPhone in New Zealand will be $1049 for the 16GB model, $1199 for the 32GB model and $1349 for the 64GB model.
Vodafone have confirmed that nano-SIMs will be available when the devices that use them go on sale. Telecom don’t have public details on that yet, but I’m fairly certain that they will stock it, as covered here.
Now, as for the cost of the smartphones when locked into a contract, that’s something that I’m unsure about. As a disclaimer, I’m telling you guys now that the following is my assumption, and I wouldn’t take it to be factual if I were you:
When the iPhone 4S was released, the prices were the same as what the iPhone 5 is now. This tells me that, besides the obvious price drop in the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5 plans SHOULD be the same as what the iPhone 4S plans were.
If the iPhone 5 were to follow its predecessor’s footsteps, then here are what the contracts would look like (prices are for the 16GB version):
That’s all the information that I could gather in regards to New Zealand’s releases. If you have any more questions, post them in a comment below, and I’ll try get hold of the respective TelCo’s to see if I can get answers.
Edit: Okay, so I just got told through our Facebook page that we have iOS 6 download times available here. I have a slight problem with this.
Here is the table from the website, telling us the iOS 6 launch times:
And here is the table that I had ready during the Sept. 12 Media Event:Read More
In the wake of the media announcement last week, Apple Inc. has continued its rise in the business world. The pending release of the iPhone 5 has pushed share prices through the roof.
The iPhone 5 pre-orders ticked over 2 million in the first 24 hours, a new record. Smashing the iPhone 4s by 1 million.
Following the announcement of the iPhone 5 and other upgrades, Apple shares have broken through the US$700 mark for the first time. The massive amount of pre-orders and hype created by the annoucnment are the major reasons behind this increase.
In December last year, Apple shares were worth well under US$400. Anyone who has invested in Apple should be very happy. In the last three months, Apple shares have increased by 21%.
The iPhone 5 is being released to the world faster than any other iPhone, this will result in a further increase in the price of Apple shares.
By introducing new and upgraded products every year, Apple rises fairly consistently. Of course they have had their ups and downs but the business plan of Apple looks to be very strong. There is no doubt that Steve Jobs developed a team and a plan that would lead Apple well into the future.
Being such a successful company, Apple has often been the target of some of its competitors advertisements. The battle between Apple and Samsung has been very public, this recent ad from Samsung is just one example of some brutal marketing.
Is this jealousy from Samsung? Who knows, but this ad has certainly angered a lot of people.
If you want to keep an eye on Apple Inc. share prices, just use the Stocks app which comes with your iPhone.
Apple certainly is an extremely successful and exciting company, the legacy that Steve Jobs left is massive, I certainly hope they can keep it up for decades to come.…Read More