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Apple Service Centers in Singapore

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Looking for authorised service center for your Apple products in Singapore?

Below is a list of service centers (as at April 2017) for sending in your Apple products.

 Name and LocationProduct service
1A.LAB@PS

PLAZA SINGAPURA, 68 ORCHARD ROAD, #04-12B
SINGAPORE 238839
+65 6784 1318
Mac,iPad,iPhone,Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport,Apple Watch Edition,iPod,Apple TV,Beats
2QCD@WL

WHEELOCK PLACE, 501 ORCHARD ROAD, #05-13/14
SINGAPORE 238880
+65 6555 0500
Mac,iPad,iPhone,Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport,Apple Watch Edition,iPod,Apple TV,Beats
3QCD@TH

8@TRADEHUB21(FACING MAINROAD), #02-08, NO.8, BOON LAY WAY
SINGAPORE 609964
+65 6515 2010
Mac,iPad,iPhone,Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport,iPod,Apple TV,Beats
4A.LAB@CCP
CHANGI CITY POINT, 5 CHANGI BUSINESS PARK CENTRAL 1, #01-55
SINGAPORE 486038
+65 6784 1318
Mac,iPad,iPhone,Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport,iPod,Apple TV,Beats

For booking of appointment with QCD, go here.
For booking of appointment with A.Labs, go here.

Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus pricing compared


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iPhone 6s color selection





It’s that time of the year again. Every September we are presented with a new iPhone. On September 12th, pre-orders began in 12 countries namely United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the United Kingdom. Most notable here is China which makes it’s debut in the initial launch countries. It is a massive market for iPhones, which also means the grey market would be a whole lot weaker for this launch. I’m expecting the new “Rose Gold” (or pink that some argue) to be a hit in Asia.

Here i explore the pricing differentiation (using 64/128GB models) across six countries – Singapore, Australia, US, UK, Hong Kong and China.
(all USD conversion accurate as of 22nd Sep 2015 via XE UCC)

iPhone 6S

Country6S 64GB Price (native)6S 64GB Price (USD)6S 128GB Price (native)6S 128GB Price (USD)
US$749$749.00$849.00$849.00
UK£619$959.00£699$1,083.00
AustraliaA$1,229$876.00A$1,379$983.00
SingaporeS$1,218$863.00S$1,388$984.00
Hong KongHK$6,388$824.00HK$7,188$927.00
ChinaRMB6,088$956.00RMB 6,888$1,082.00







iPhone 6S Plus
Country6S+64GB Price (native)6S+64GB Price (USD)6S+ 128GB Price (native)6S+ 128GB Price (USD)
US$849$849.00$949$949.00
UK£619$959.00£789$1,223.00
AustraliaA$1,379$983.00A$1,529$1,090.00
SingaporeS$1,388$984.00S$1,588$1,126.00
Hong KongHK$7,188$927.00HK$8,088$1,044.00
ChinaRMB 6,888$1,082.00RMB 7,788$1,223.00

US is the cheapest of the six countries compared to get the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, and UK/China’s selling price is the highest. To put things in perspective, comparing an iPhone 6S Plus 128GB’s pricing in UK (US$1223) vs US (US$979), the difference is almost 29%. This is partly due to the high sales tax in UK (20%) and China (17%). Hong Kong second cheapest due to their 0% sales tax. The weakening AUD has made it almost the same pricing in Australia and Singapore.

More updates when Apple Malaysia releases their pricing.

Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus






Yesterday Tim Cook announced the new generation iPhone. One size fits all no longer applies.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

We have gotten used to Steve Jobs telling us how the new iPhone looks like and we just decide on the color that fits us. Suddenly now we have to choose between 4.7″ and 5.5″. I still stand by the importance of usability in one hand, so 4.7″ is the natural choice for me. Using the Xiaomi MI3 as my secondary phone, the 5.0″ size is already a tad too big for one handed operation. I’m not one that watches drama on the phone frequently, so the slight decrease in screen real estate will be largely compensated by the usability derived from the smaller size.

Plenty of review sites has the low down on the features and differences so i won’t go into details. Coming from an iPhone 5, i would really want to see how i can utilize the Touch ID to secure applications, notes and also be used for contact-less payments, aka Apple Pay. The missing bit from the current contact-less payment system is the fingerprint authorization. With NFC built in now, i foresee endless possibilities to streamline payments and security system based on the combination of both.

Pre-order opens on 12th September 2014 in Singapore (Hong Kong, Australia and Japan are the other Asia countries) and ships on September 19th. Below are the pricing for Singapore.

iPhone 6 price table Singapore

iPhone 6 price table Singapore

Notice that they have removed the 32GB variant and step up immediately to 64GB. In this day and age, the amount of data stored on the phone is tremendous, so 16GB is probably for very light users. 64GB would be the sweet spot for many, including myself.

Waiting for Singtel to release news on their iPhone 6 pre-order now!





Apple iPad Air pricing comparion – Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, US, Hong Kong





As with my previous posting on the iPad 3 price comparison, i’m here to explore the pricing differentiation across various countries. With the iPad 3 pricing, Malaysia emerged as the cheapest place to get an iPad. This time round, i am comparing the pricing across five countries –Singapore, Malaysia,  Australia, US and Hong Kong.

I am using the lowest (16GB) and the highest (128GB) capacity for the Wifi-only and the Wifi + 4G models respectively. All pricing used are from the Space Grey models since there is no price difference for color choice on the Apple online store, and USD conversion are done using prevailing exchange rate (as of 9th Dec 2013) from XE.com. For the US Cellular iPad Air, i have used the ATT part number. Again, there is no price difference for the GSM/CDMA models.

CountryDescriptionPrice (native currency)Price (USD)
MalaysiaiPad Air Wi-Fi only 16GB (MD785ZP/A)RM 1,599.00$ 496.58
SingaporeiPad Air Wi-Fi only 16GB (MD785ZP/A)S$ 688.00$ 550.40
AustraliaiPad Air Wi-Fi only 16GB (MD785X/A)A$ 598.00$ 548.62
USAiPad Air Wi-Fi only 16GB (MD785LL/A)US$ 499.00$ 499.00
Hong KongiPad Air Wi-Fi only 16GB (MD785ZP/A)HK$ 3888$ 501.68
MalaysiaiPad Air Wi-Fi only 128GB (ME898ZP/A)RM 2,579.00$ 800.93
SingaporeiPad Air Wi-Fi only 128GB (ME898ZP/A)S$ 1,108.00$ 886.40
AustraliaiPad Air Wi-Fi only 128GB (ME898X/A)A$ 899.00$ 824.77
USAiPad Air Wi-Fi only 128GB (ME898LL/A)US$ 799.00$ 799.00
Hong KongiPad Air Wi-Fi only 128GB (ME898ZP/A)HK$ 6,288.00 $ 811.35
MalaysiaiPad Air Wifi + 4G 16GB (MD794ZP/A)RM 2,029.00$ 630.12
SingaporeiPad Air Wifi + 4G 16GB (MD794ZP/A)S$ 870.00$ 696.00
AustraliaiPad Air Wifi + 4G 16GB (MD794X/A)A$ 749.00$ 687.16
USAiPad Air Wifi + 4G 16GB (ME991LL/A - ATT)US$ 629.00$ 629.00
Hong KongiPad Air Wifi + 4G 16GB (MD794P/A)HK$ 4,888.00$ 630.71
MalaysiaiPad Air Wifi + 4G 128GB (ME987ZP/A)RM 2,999.00$ 931.37
SingaporeiPad Air Wifi + 4G 128GB (ME987ZP/A)S$ 1288.00$ 1030.40
AustraliaiPad Air Wifi + 4G 128GB (ME987X/A)A$ 1,049.00$ 962.39
USAiPad Air Wifi + 4G 128GB (MF015LL/A - ATT)US$ 929.00$ 929.00
Hong KongiPad Air Wifi + 4G 128GB (ME987ZP/A)HK$ 7,288.00$ 940.39

 
From the comparison table above, US is the cheapest place to get an iPad Air, with Malaysia coming at a very close second.

If you look at the 128GB 4G version, Singapore is retailing at US$1030.40 compared to the US at US$929.00. That is almost an 11% pricing difference, considering the fact that Singapore remains one of the cheapest country to get an iPad. This is partly due to the different taxes and duties, with European countries carrying an extra 25% premium over their US counterparts due to the higher sales tax across Europe.

 





iPad 3 pricing compared – Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, US. [Updated with Thailand]

The new iPad launched in Malaysia on 20th April 2012. According to my analysis on historical pricing, Malaysia’s iPad pricing is usually the cheapest, even cheaper than US itself. With the launch of the new iPad, i investigate the comparative pricing from four five countries – Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and US.

We are using the lowest (16GB) and the highest (64GB) capacity for the Wifi-only and the Wifi + 4G models. All pricing used are from the black models since there is no price difference for color choice on the Apple online store, and USD conversion are done using prevailing exchange rate (as of April 23rd 2012) from XE.com.

CountryDescriptionPrice (native)Price (USD)
MalaysiaiPad 3 Wi-Fi only 16GB (MC705ZP/A)RM 1,499.00$489.86
SingaporeiPad 3 Wi-Fi only 16GB (MC705ZP/A)S$658.00$526.40
AustraliaiPad 3 Wi-Fi only 16GB (MC705X/A)A$528.00$512.16
USAiPad 3 Wi-Fi only 16GB (MC705LL/A)US$499.00$499.00
ThailandiPad 3 Wi-Fi only 16GB (MC705TH/A)฿16,500$523.05
MalaysiaiPad 3 Wi-Fi only 64GB (MC707ZP/A)RM 2,099.00$685.95
SingaporeiPad 3 Wi-Fi only 64GB (MC707ZP/A)S$918.00$734.40
AustraliaiPad 3 Wi-Fi only 64GB (MC707X/A)A$759.00$736.23
USAiPad 3 Wi-Fi only 64GB (MC707LL/A)US$699.00$699.00
ThailandiPad 3 Wi-Fi only 64GB (MC707TH/A)฿22,500$713.26
MalaysiaiPad 3 Wifi + 4G 16GB (MD366ZP/A)RM 1899.00$620.59
SingaporeiPad 3 Wifi + 4G 16GB (MD366ZP/A)S$828.00$662.40
AustraliaiPad 3 Wifi + 4G 16GB (MD366X/A)A$679.00$658.63
USAiPad 3 Wifi + 4G 16GB (MD366LL/A)US$629.00$629.00
ThailandiPad 3 Wifi + 4G 16GB (MD366TH/A)฿20,500$649.86
MalaysiaiPad 3 Wifi + 4G 64GB (MD368ZP/A)RM 2,499.00$816.67
SingaporeiPad 3 Wifi + 4G 64GB (MD368ZP/A)S$1088.00$870.40
AustraliaiPad 3 Wifi + 4G 64GB (MD368X/A)A$899.00$872.03
USAiPad 3 Wifi + 4G 64GB (MD368LL/A)US$829.00$829.00
ThailandiPad 3 Wifi + 4G 64GB (MD368TH/A)฿26,500$840.07



From the table above, we can establish that if you are looking for a good deal on iPad 3, Malaysia is the currently one of the cheapest (if not the cheapest) place to get your hands on a new iPad 3. The US is a close 2nd, averaging a US$10 gap. Australia just edges out Singapore to claim the 3rd spot, but not by much, with the highest end 64GB Wifi + 4G model being the only model that is more expensive than Singapore.

Apple iPad 3 (iPad 3rd generation) model numbers

With Apple deciding to forgo the numeric naming in their latest iPad, many people are finding it hard to make reference to “The New iPad”. It is not helped by the lack any distinct labeling on the box itself to differentiate it from the iPad 2. The only way to tell is by cross referencing the model number, or making sure that there is an “iCloud” sticker on the bottom of the box. For convenience and to avoid confusion, the new iPad (3rd generation) would be referred as “iPad 3″ throughout this post.

I came across this very problem when i bought a few sets of the iPad 3 to resell. Buyers would ask how can they tell that this is the iPad 3, instead of an iPad 2? Finding a suitable reference table for the model number that translate to which iPad 3 is also hard to come by. Hence i decided to compile a list, based on the Singapore retail sets of iPad 3.

The model number is displayed on the back of the box, bottom right corner.
iPad 3 model number label
iPad 3 – Black
MC705ZP/A – iPad 3 Wi-Fi only 16GB – Black
MC706ZP/A – iPad 3 Wi-Fi only 32GB – Black
MC707ZP/A – iPad 3 Wi-Fi only 64GB – Black

MD366ZP/A – iPad 3 Wi-Fi + 4G 16GB – Black
MD367ZP/A – iPad 3 Wi-Fi + 4G 32GB – Black
MD368ZP/A – iPad 3 Wi-Fi + 4G 64GB – Black

iPad 3 – White
MD328ZP/A – iPad 3 Wi-Fi only 16GB – White
MD329ZP/A – iPad 3 Wi-Fi only 32GB – White
MD330ZP/A – iPad 3 Wi-Fi only 64GB – White

MD369ZP/A – iPad 3 Wi-Fi + 4G 16GB – White
MD370ZP/A – iPad 3 Wi-Fi + 4G 32GB – White
MD371ZP/A – iPad 3 Wi-Fi + 4G 64GB – White


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