This is the best iPhone for under RM4,000
Apple iPhone Xr models rest on a table during a launch event on September 12, 2018, in Cupertino, California. — AFP pic KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 13 — The latest iPhone models are just getting more expensive.If we refer to Apple Singapore’s pricing, the iPhone XS is priced from RM4,974 for the base model with 64GB and it goes up to RM7,086 for the 512GB version of the iPhone XS Max.If you need a brand new iPhone but not willing to spend more than RM4,000, Apple has also announced a cheaper version that’s called the iPhone XR. This looks like a direct replacement of the smaller iPhone 8.While it’s currently the cheapest new iPhone of the lot, the iPhone XR gets a large 6.1″ edge to edge display that uses IPS instead of OLED.Apple is calling it a Liquid Retina HD display and they say it’s the most advanced LCD in the industry. Unlike its more expensive models, it only pushes a resolution of 1792×828 pixels, which is below Full HD.Similar to the iPhone X, the XR gets a notch which also houses the same advance sensors which enable Face ID authentication.Because of its bigger display size, the pixel density is lower at 326ppi which is on par with the regular iPhone 8.Unfortunately, there’s no 3D Touch but Apple is replacing it with Haptic Touch that claims to offer a similar feedback as their MacBook Pro trackpads. Instead of using stainless steel like the iPhone X and XS, the XR uses 7000 series aluminium for its metal frame.While it appears that Apple is cutting corners with the display, the iPhone XR is packing similar top notch hardware as the iPhone XS. It is also running on the new 7nm A12 Bionic Chip and it retains the same 12MP f/1.8 main camera that’s assisted with OIS. The camera has Smart HDR, 4K video recording up to 60fps and stereo audio recording.The only thing that’s missing is a secondary telephoto lens but it could still take Portrait shots with depth control. Portrait Lighting is also supported but it’s limited to just 3 effects – Natural, Studio and Contour. The front camera is the same as the iPhone XS with a 7MP f/2.2 TrueDepth camera that also supports Portrait Mode and Animoji.In terms of battery, Apple reckons that it can last up to 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone 8 Plus. From our experience, the iPhone 8 Plus can last longer than the iPhone X on a single charge, so the iPhone XR could be the best model for battery life. There’s also Qi wireless charging and it also supports 50% fast charge in 30 minutes provided you have the right accessories.To differentiate itself from the iPhone XS series, the XR gets the iPhone 5C treatment with a choice of six colours, namely Blue, White, Black, Yellow, Coral and Red. Despite being a “budget” phone, the iPhone XR also gets dust and water resistance rated at IP67.This means it can be submerged up to 1 metre for a duration of up to 30 minutes.There’s also Dual-SIM support but for those outside of China would need to use an e-SIM for the secondary connection.In Singapore, the iPhone XR is priced as follows:iPhone XR 64GB – S$1,229 (about RM3,709)iPhone XR 128GB -S$1,299 (about RM3,920)iPhone XR 256GB -S$1,469 (about RM4,433)Using the direct price conversion, the iPhone XR pricing is quite similar to the iPhone 8 at the time of launch.The iPhone XR will be released next month with pre-orders starting on 19 October 2018 in first wave countries.If you’re using a 4.7-inch iPhone 7 or older, would you consider getting the iPhone XR? — Soyacincau.com [...]
PTPTN chairman says unsure how many debtors earn below RM4,000
Wan Saiful said PTPTN is still trying to figure out the exact number of debtors earning less than RM4,000. — Picture by Zuraneeza Zulkifli KUALA LUMPUR, July 18 — The National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) has admitted it does not know how many of its debtors earn less than RM4,000 monthly.Its chairman Wan Saiful Wan Jan said PTPTN is still trying to figure out the exact number of debtors earning less than RM4,000.“It was a problem when Pakatan Harapan was in the Opposition. Even when I asked the corporation (after becoming chairman) I found out that they do not know as well,” he said during a forum on PH’s election manifesto at University Malaya.The fifth promise of the manifesto’s first pillar, aimed at reducing the people’s burden, stipulates that debtors will only be required to pay back their PTPTN loans once they earn RM4,000 and above.However, Wan Saiful said this did not mean the new administration will not fulfill its promise.“It simply made us realise how much of a challenge stands before us, which requires a greater amount of work,” he said.Wan Saiful said that since taking over, the new administration has been able to access information and data it previously was unable to when it was in the Opposition.“Now we can make suitable adjustments accordingly. Not just to the promise on PTPTN, but to the rest of the first pillar since we now have the data at hand,” he said.Throughout the forum Wan Saiful described the challenges he faced when drafting the manifesto, including balancing idealistic and realistic promises, the inability to access proper data, and insufficient time to go to many places and explain what the manifesto entails. [...]