The Apple Store Philippines is now down and I couldn’t help but think of the probable reasons:

Apple Store

  • Is the New iPad going to be relaunched with a Lightning connector? [via 9to5.mac]
  • Will the iPad Mini debut during their event later? [via iMore.com]
  • Is Apple going to announce the next iteration of the Apple TV?
  • How about Mac Mini?
  • And yes, a 13″ Macbook Pro with Retina display?

In my opinion, if all these rumor would turn out to be true, ten tonight’s pre-Black Friday and pre-Cyber Monday event would be bigger than the iPhone 5 launch. [Watch LIVE STREAM here on your iPhone, iPod or iPad.]

Relaunching the New iPad would be a bad idea.

I share a bit of indifference towards the rumor that Apple would relaunch the new iPad mini with Lightning Connector. I do not think that it’s viable unless they drop its price. Wait, no – even if they drop its price, I still do not think that it will work as most of the current accessories and docks for the new iPad are only compatible with the 30-pin connector.

How about if the relaunched-new-iPad is faster? Then in that case, Apple has already succumbed to minor case stagnancy – they are starting to run out of creative juices. Don’t get me wrong: I am an Apple fan, but I cannot bear seeing Apple falling in love with the same design for 2 consecutive years!

iPad Mini is Going to be KING

The rumored iPad Mini won’t be a game changer but it will definitely eat a lot of the market share of Android Tablets, Amazon Kindles and Barnes and Noble Nooks. So, yes – if this indeed happens later during the launch – Apple’s move to miniaturize the iPad is a great idea.

How about those who bought the 5″ iPod Touch? Should they cry and have buyer’s remorse? ‘Not entirely’, because at the end of the day, what matters most is answering the question – how do you intend to use your device? If you bought an iPod Touch because you thought that it could be a great alternative to PS Vita, then you shouldn’t have buyer’s remorse. But, if you bought one because you intend to primarily use it as an eBook reader and a means to be productive (like retouching photos, type articles and create stunning Keynote presentations), then you might have a bit of a problem. You don’t want to bring 2 devices that have almost similar functions, but only differ in size, right?

Apple TV, Mac Mini and 13″ Macbook Pro with Retina Display

Yeah right – as if these devices are new. These are basically iterations unless Apple decides to introduce certain innovations like:

  • Apple TV that is built in to a 24″, 32″ and 42″ Retina Display screens
  • Supercharged Mac Minis
  • Macbook Pro with Retina Display with… nah! [I couldn’t think of any innovation]

You may have probably noticed – I ranted more than praised Apple in this article. To me, Apple will ultimately lose its flair unless they innovate incessantly. What’s next after the iPad or the iPad mini? Will I see something really new once Apple Store comes back online? Or shall I wait for another 4 months?

What’s your take on my raw and probably subjective thoughts guys? Please use the comments section below.

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Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of GadgetPilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.

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Tokyo Game Show Special Coverage

Tokyo Game Show 2018

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Witness this year’s biggest gaming convention in Asia, the Tokyo Game Show 2018. This September 19, our team will fly to Tokyo, Japan, to be part to TGS 2018. Special thanks to our brand partners Huawei Mobile, PLDT Home, Smart Communications and Cherry Mobile for making this coverage possible.

Without questions, Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus is the best camera smartphone the Cherry Mobile has to date. We haven’t seen other Cherry Mobile phones that are capable of taking photos with impressive quality than the one we brought to Japan to cover Tokyo Game Show 2018.

If you have been following our Instagram posts (@gadgetpilipinas) during our coverage of the TGS 2018, our daily driver was the Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus.  So, feast your eyes and take a look at some of our photos:

For high-resolution photos, go  to this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1HwHBWNh2WYceTywxiNBhxNKbZuGyz988?usp=sharing

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This selfie was taken the night before we left for Tokyo.
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Jam can smile while sleeping. I took this photo inside Skyliner going to Nippori Station from Narita Airport.
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Our Tokyo trip isn’t always complete without grabbing a lunch at Matsuya.
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Night time is coming, and bedtime is near; oh, where is our AirBnB, I thought it is just right here!
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After looking for a 100-Yen store to buy Allan’s towel (since our AirBnB didn’t have any towels available), we took a break at this vending machine to reward ourselves a cold drink.
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Taken near Bic Camera at Akihabara using Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus.
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We gotta have this here in the Philippines! Oh, I noticed that Flare S7 Plus fails to put a watermark when using Bokeh effect.
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A food shot with our Cherry Roam.

We’ve got to hold our horses so we don’t spoil too much of our TGS experience with photos. Watch out for our first impressions and review of Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus!

Oh, and while you’re at it – be sure to check out our full coverage of Tokyo Game Show 2018 on this link.

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If the line on the demo is any indication, Biohazard RE: 2 is one of the most popular games in TGS 2018. It’s one of those games that, regardless of the time of day, the queue to the booth just won’t go shorter than 60 minutes. We decided to hold off trying our luck on the demo, maybe tomorrow’s line would be shorter.

Demo or no demo, it’s still worth mentioning that the game, even in pictures is just a sight to behold. CAPCOM gave us access to screenshots of the game, and my goodness, what a fresh  coat of paint the game has over the 1998 Playstation and Nintendo 64 classic.

Check them out and drool.
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Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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