New iPad Pro: Price and availability in Singapore

With pricing for the new Apple Pencil and keyboard cover



Apple’s two new iPad Pro models may have been launched in New York, but they’re coming to Singapore as early as next week, November 7th, and can be pre-ordered starting today.

It comes in two sizes: 11- and 12.9-inch Liquid Retina displays that go edge-to-edge. Face ID also comes to the iPad Pro, albeit without the infamous notch people love to hate. It runs on iOS 12 and is powered by the A12X Bionic chip with a next-generation Neural Engine that Apple claims outperforms most PC laptops today.

One thing Apple does best is making sure apps are optimized for the technology they put in their products. Adobe Photoshop CC is one of those apps, taking advantage of the larger multi-touch panel on the iPad Pro. It will be available on the App Store some time in 2019.

There’s also a redesigned Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Folio that work seamlessly with the new iPad Pro — the former now magnetically attaches to the side, and charges wirelessly at the same time.

The new 11- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be available in silver and space grey finishes in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage configurations, as well as a new 1TB option. The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at SG$ 1,199 for the Wi-Fi model and SG$ 1,419 for the Wi-Fi+Cellular model; the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at SG$ 1,499 for the Wi-Fi model and SG$ 1,719 for the Wi-Fi+Cellular model.

The new magnetic Apple Pencil will retail for SG$ 189. The Smart Keyboard Folio will only be available in space grey at SG$ 269 for the 11-inch iPad Pro and SG$ 299 for the 12.9-inch model with layouts for over 30 languages, including simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.

Smart Folio covers for the iPad Pro will be available in different colors: SG$ 119 for the 11-inch model, and SG$ 149 for the bigger 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

The new iPad Pro marks the biggest change to any of Apple’s mobile computing devices. Gone is Apple’s proprietary lightning port, and in comes USB-C, so Apple is now selling more USB-C-compatible accessories including a new USB-C to SD card reader, and USB-C to 3.5mm adapter at and Apple Stores.


Galaxy S21 series performing poorer than S20

Compared to S20 and S10



When a new flagship series comes out, the company involved usually has high expectations for it. However, there are some launches when a new smartphone ends up failing expectations. For example, because of poor sales, Apple is reportedly ending the iPhone mini model. On the flip side of things, Samsung is similarly experiencing poorer sales for the Galaxy S21.

According to a South Korean analyst firm Kiwoom Securities, this year’s Galaxy S21 series isn’t doing as well as last year’s Galaxy S20 series. Six months after it launched, the former sold only 13.5 million units. The figure is 20 percent less than the Galaxy S20 and 47 percent less than the Galaxy S10 series.

Alleviating this a bit, the Galaxy S21 did do well in its home turf. In the series’ first month, the flagship series sold around 590,000 units in South Korea. It’s only second to the Galaxy S8 which sold 620,000 units in its first month.

Currently — at least according to a recent ranking — Samsung is still the top smartphone seller in the world with Xiaomi trailing a bit behind in second place. The South Korean company might not be intimidated, though. Samsung is hosting its annual Galaxy Unpacked later this month, potentially boosting the company’s performance afterwards.

SEE ALSO: Galaxy S22 might have the same camera as the Galaxy S21

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Number portability is here, how will it work?

Easily switch among 3 telco providers!




Number portability or the ability to move your mobile number under any carrier you want seemed like a pipe dream. Not anymore thanks to the combined efforts of the Avengers. No, just kidding. They’re called the Telecommunications Connectivity Inc. made up of DITO Telecommunity, Globe Inc., and Smart Communications. So, kind of like the Avengers, but of Telecom companies in the Philippines.

This was made possible thanks to teh passing of the Mobile Number Portability Act. Republic Act No. 11202, also known as the Mobile Number Portability Act, ensures that mobile phone users can keep their numbers even when they transfer to another service provider, or when they switch their subscription from postpaid to prepaid, or vice-versa.

How to avail Number Portability

  • How to port within networks, you need to meet the following requirements:
  • An active SIM and the requestor is the assignee of the mobile number to be ported
  • Zero remaining balance from your previous bill (for postpaid)
  • Non-existent court prohibitions
  • No pending transfer of ownership

Number porting makes it possible to also keep your number when switching from prepaid to postpaid plans. Syniverse will be the provider of number portability services in the Philippines.

“Mobile Number Portability is a complex process not only do we need to adopt it into our system but we need to integrate it with the networks of our competitors,” said Atty. Froilan Castelo who sits as the Chairman of the Telecommunications Connectivity Inc. General Counsel, Globe Group of Companies.

“It took us 22 months to build MNP, upgrade the system, integrate with the MNP service provider, and do testing with the other telcos,” he added.

Price and availability

As discussed earlier, number porting is free of charge. You can try out number porting on September 30, 2021.

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Ubisoft offers Far Cry 5 for free this weekend

Experience the violence in Hope County for a limited time only



Ubisoft has another weekend offering for everyone, focusing more on their popular franchises. In previous offerings, they gave players one whole weekend to play games such as Assassin’s Creed Origins for free. As such, any progress accumulated will carry over when you purchase the game. This time around, they’re offering the same mechanics to those who wish to play Far Cry 5 this weekend.

For those who are still unaware, Far Cry 5 is the fifth installment in one of Ubisoft’s most popular first-person shooter franchise. The game tackles socio-political and religious topics as you play a Deputy in Hope County, Montana attempting to detain Joseph Seed. Throughout the game, you will encounter members of Seed’s congregation, the Eden’s Gate, who will stop at nothing to see a prophecy fulfilled.

From August 5-9, 2021, Ubisoft is offering players for the PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S access to Far Cry 5 for free. For each platform, here are the timings:

  • Ubisoft Store (PC) – August 5, 9 PM
  • Epic Games Store (PC) – August 6, 1 AM
  • PlayStation Store (PS4, PS5) – August 5, 3:01 PM
  • Microsoft Store (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One) – August 5, 3:01 PM


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