Fri, September 17, 2010
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New iPads and iPhone 4s: Next stop, Beijing!

2010-09-17 07:39:34 GMT2010-09-17 15:39:34 (Beijing Time)  City Weekend

It looks like more Apple revolutionary devices are getting ready for their arrival in the Jing. Apple's new iPhone 4 (yep, the one where you can talk, but can't hear the guy at the end of the line) and iPad (the one which your Beijingologist is sold will replace Macs as a common sight at a Starbucks near you) will be making their way into the Jing as of today.

First off: the iPad. Available now is the version without 3G, going for at least CNY 3,998.00. Not the cheapest tablet on the market, but after getting a case and sticking a protective screen cover, one of the most durable things out there. Oh, and also the one with the coolest apps — there's word even Sina Microblogs is getting an iPad-ready app — well — ready.

The iPad without the 3G actually feels like a fish out of water. Having installed your favorite apps on the thing, you actually wish you could use it everywhere. That's why Beijing's wireless city is being built. Apparently it's behind schedule, but in "densely populated hot spot areas", you can often get a good wifi signal. (Add "reroutes" (so to speak), and you can also get Twitter and Facebook.)

Beginning today, Apple's new iPhone 4 is for sale in Taiwan, but here on the other side of the straits, pre-orders are already taken. The iPhone 4 has a smorgasbord of cool features solely marred by a design where you can talk into the thing, but not hear — say — your girlfriend on the other end of the line. Signals issues have plagued the iPhone 4 from Day One. It's hoped that China will be getting the iPhone 4 without this signal issue, as the retina display and a truly multitasking phone are way cool features.

Time to head on over to the Apple Store? A mayorship there on foursquare is worth its weight in gold...

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