The iPhone 4S will hit stores in the US and a few other countries (Canada, Australia, UK, France, Germany and Japan) on October 14. On October 28, 22 other countries will start selling the iPhone 4. In these 22 countries is Singapore and that is, to us, a strong clue as to when the new iPhone will hit Malaysia.

Although this is, at the moment, unconfirmed, it is possible to conceive that the iPhone 4S will come to Malaysia at the same time as Singapore, emulating the iPad 2 rollout back in April when the tablet was launched in both markets simultaneously.

In terms of pricing we’re not expecting the iPhone 4S to divert very much from how much the iPhone 4 costs at launch and therein lies the biggest issue with the new iPhone. The iPhone 4 retailed for RM2,290 (16GB) and RM2,690 (32GB) at launch, in the face of high-end Androids getting cheaper and cheaper (you can get the Samsung Galaxy S II for RM1,899 and the equally capable HTC Sensation at RM1,799. The upcoming Nokia N9 costs RM1,799 for 16GB and RM2,088 for 64GB, but do note that the N9 is a single-core device), the inferior iPhone 4S is starting to look absurdly overpriced and not make much sense.

In terms of operators, you can expect the iPhone 4S to be available on Maxis (first and exclusive for about one month) and then on DiGi and Celcom.



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