Some Retina iPad minis are demonstrating image retention issues, as noted by Instapaper creator Marco Arment, who originally developed a grid test to detect the problem in Retina MacBook Pros.
Image retention was first cited as a potential issue last week, when a rumor suggestedthat burn-in on Sharp's IGZO panels was causing production delays with the Retina mini's display, leading to significant supply constraints that have resulted in a quiet release for the tablet.
While it is unclear how many Retina iPad minis are affected by the issue, several miniowners on Twitter have discovered the problem after running the grid test. It is not known if the image retention is limited to displays from specific manufacturers, as many Retina iPad minis are not experiencing display problems.
Displays with image retention are not a new problem for Apple. The original Retina MacBook Pro displays demonstrated severe image persistence problems, with remnants or previously-displayed windows remaining visible on the screen for several minutes. It is important to note, however, that the image retention is temporary and not permanent like the burn-in seen with some plasma displays.
In normal use cases, it is unlikely that the image retention is noticeable, but Retina iPad mini owners experiencing image retention are still within their return windows. Apple has replaced Retina MacBook Pros experiencing display problems, and it is likely that a similar policy will be adopted for Retina iPad minis with image persistence.
In addition to image retention, some users on the MacRumors forums have also noted that their Retina mini screens are not as vibrant as iPad Air, suggesting the Retina iPad mini may have a smaller color gamut.
Apple's Retina iPad mini is currently available from the Apple Online Store beginning at $399. Orders are currently shipping within 1 to 10 days in the United States depending on capacity and cellular capability, and while Apple has not made the mini widely available in its stores, it is also available in many areas via Personal Pickup.
According to Chinese site C Technology [Google Translate, via Unwired View], Apple is continuing to reduce its orders for the iPhone 5c with suppliers, still working to balance production with customer demand that has remained very strongly in favor of the higher-priced iPhone 5s.
The report claims that Apple's main assembly partner ProTek (Pegatron) has slashed production from 320,000 units per day in October to just 80,000 units per day. Similarly, Apple's backup assembler for the iPhone 5c, Foxconn, is operating at only a minimum capacity of 8-9,000 units per day.
Customer interest in Apple's iPhone 5s has continued to outpace that of the iPhone 5c, with Chinese mobile phone retailer D.Phone reporting that that the iPhone 5s is holding a 3.68:1 advantage over the iPhone 5c among its customers, according to MyDrivers[Google Translate].
Similar signs of continued iPhone 5s strength are showing up in data from analytics firm Fiksu, which shows iPhone 5s activity outpacing iPhone 5c activity by a 3-to-1 margin. As of today, Fiksu is seeing the iPhone 5s accounting for 6.4% of active iPhone devices on its network, with the iPhone 5c accounting for just 2.1%. That gap has grown over the past month, with the iPhone 5s previously outperforming the iPhone 5c by a roughly 2-to-1 margin.
Reports of Apple cutting iPhone 5c production are not new, but if the numbers in this latest report are correct, the cuts are even deeper than previously reported.
While iPhone 5c supplies have been plentiful since the device's September launch, the iPhone 5s has been much more constrained and is only now beginning to see improved supplies. Earlier this week, shipping estimates for new orders through Apple's online store improved to 1-2 weeks, while the various models are showing significantly improved availability in Apple's retail stores.
Maxis has quietly sent out emails to its One Club(MOC) members and in the process unveiled its iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C plans.
Maxis One Club is an exclusive membership programme that offers priority customer service, special rewards and affinity programmes. Customers who have been with Maxis (postpaid) for more than a year with a minimum monthly commitment of RM150 and above are automatically upgraded to Maxis One Club member status.
MalaysianWireless has managed to obtain the Maxis One Club contract price plans and the Maxis RRP for iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C as below:
Maxis iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C retail price which is different from the official Apple RRP:
|Monthly Fee||RM 50||RM 100||RM 155||RM 250|
|Advance payment||N/A||RM 700||RM 1000||RM 1600|
|Talktime (Maxis to Maxis/Others)||200 mins||333 mins||667 mins||1500 mins|
|Additional Free Maxis to Maxis Talktime||N/A||1000 mins|
|Free Maxis WiFi||N/A||4GB|
|Bundled SMS (Maxis to Maxis)||N/A||1000|
|Bundled MMS (Maxis to Maxis)||N/A||20||40||60|
|Free 10GB Maxis Loker||New sign up only||New/Existing User|
Please note that these MOC plans are for invited customers only. The full plans details below, pls hit the image for bigger view:
Apple has announced that the new iPhones will soon be available in Malaysiaand MalaysianWireless has managed to obtain the likely pricing of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C in Malaysia(Thanks to some wonderful people that we know).
The pricing of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C that are stated below may not be the same for all mobile operators. This is because Apple has no control over the final price, for reasons unknown to us, similar to what happened last year (DiGi has set the Phone 5 retail pricing higher).
The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will be offered by Maxis, Celcom and DiGi starting 31st October, 2013. Below are the expected iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C pricing in Malaysia:
There could be about a RM100 difference between certain operators for the iPhone 5S. As for the iPhone 5C at RM1899, we can confirm that this is the RRP that has been set by Maxis and Celcom while DiGi is still finalising all their pricing at the point of writing.
The iPhone 5S and 5C launch in Malaysia this year may not be as exciting as the years before.
There won’t be the usual “midnight launch”. Telcos such as Celcom is planning for a launch event during the day, on 31st October. We heard Maxis is still deciding on the launch(its a new management and a new devices team) while DiGi will focus at their online store to drive the iPhone 5S/5C sales. Despite all these, its high likely that all 3 Telcos might do a launch event.
We think Apple has overpriced the iPhone 5C in Malaysia, thus the reason why we did not reveal the iPhone 5C 32GB pricing(because we did not ask). Its not just Malaysia, Apple appears to be making the same pricing mistake in other countries, raising concerns about demand for the iPhone 5C (C does not stand for Cheap).
Apple is said to be cutting production orders for the cheaper plastic-backed iPhone 5C just a month after its launch at the same time as the iPhone 5S, a source familiar with its supply chain told Reuters on Wednesday. On the other hand, iPhone 5S appears to be selling very well.
Less than 2-weeks to go before the iPhone 5S and 5C launch in Malaysia. Contract plans for the iPhone 5S and 5C are expected to be revealed next week, or the following week, follow us on Facebook for the latest updates!
[Update 1, 7.55pm]: Those looking to buy the iPhone 5C with contract from Maxis/Celcom/DiGi, the phone is expected to cost from as low as RM1.2K-RM1.3K, despite Apple wanted to operators to subsidize it to below RM1,000.
Despite these pricing, we still believe that the Telcos will have different prices. As for now we know Celcom will sell the iPhone 5C at RM1899 and high likely that Maxis will follow. However DiGi might sell the iPhone 5C at a higher price- RM20xx. For the iPhone 5S, we can confirm that DiGi will also carry the same RRP as the official Apple pricing.
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