The HomePod is Apple’s Smart Speaker with Siri, announced back in WWDC in 2017 and on sale since February this year only in the US, UK and Australia, without Singapore on the list.
Up until now, there has been no official word when it will be launched in more markets, but it seems that the HomePod is coming to Singapore soon!
With all electronic products such as the iPhone, and other devices need to be certified in Singapore before it goes on sale, a search on IMDA Equipment Search reveals that the HomePod has been certified, with the model, A1639, previously not seen in the list until recently. The model number shares the same as the US.
The Apple Watch Series 3 with Cellular has now been confirmed that it will be available and go on sale in Singapore, following the certification of the Cellular models on the IMDA’s website earlier this month.
The Apple Watch Series 3 with Cellular will begin its pre-order on 2 February 2018, a week from now, and will be available from 9 February through the Apple Online Store and the physical stores like Apple Orchard Road.
On the cellular versions, Apple Watch users can make and receive phone calls and use apps which will require an internet connection, without the need for your iPhone to be nearby. Sending and receiving of SMSes will not be available, however, according to Singtel’s FAQ,
Launched back in September 2017, the Apple Watch Series 3 featured a faster processor than the previous version, the Apple Watch Series 2, with the S3 chip which is said to be 70% faster and also came with a Cellular function that was the highlight of Series 3.
However, Singapore only had the GPS function and without cellular. The probable cause is that the carriers do not have support for eSIM for the Apple Watch, which is what powers the cellular connectivity instead of a regular (nano) SIM card.
With all electronic products such as the iPhone, and other devices need to be certified in Singapore before it goes on sale, a search on IMDA Equipment Search reveals that the cellular version of the Apple Watch Series 3 has been certified, with the product or model names, A1889, and A1891, and previously not seen in the list until recently.
The public version of iOS 11 is coming on 20 September @ 1am (Singapore time). You can update your iOS devices via over-the-air (OTA) or via iTunes. As it is a major software update, the file size will be large and the updating process will take some time.
If you are in the rush, it is not recommended to update to iOS 11 as it will take a longer time than the other software updates process to complete, and also just in case if the update encounters any errors.
As always, do a backup to iCloud and/or iTunes before updating your software in a case that the software update fails and to avoid any data loss. You may also encounter battery drain during the first few hours of use and it is considered normal as the iOS would need to re-index, like unpacking and labelling your items in place.
While your device updates, so what is new in iOS 11?
In June 2017, Apple announced the next major update of iOS at this year’s WWDC, iOS 11. It comes with lots of new and changes to the design and features of iOS and the biggest leap for the iPad, making multitasking even better.
You can read on all of that changes here.
Here are the Changes and New Features in iOS 11:
IMDA or Infocomm Media Development Authority has certified most of the Apple devices that were unveiled from last night’s keynote.
The list shows the various Apple products and its model numbers.
They include the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Apple TV 4K and the Apple Watch Series 3 (without LTE) which sets for launch on 22 September and the timing to be confirmed. It is likely it will begin at 8am, from past iPhone launches. The preorder for those devices starts 15th September at 1501hrs.
The iPhone X’s pre order would begin at a later date, 27th October and will launch on 3rd November.