In the past Apple online store had held one day sales event for "Black Friday" (aka "Boxing Day", the day after Christmas). Usually any other times Apple products are rarely discounted; unless it is through the Corporate or Education sites or refurbished items. So it is a bit surprising to receive a Sale event announcement from Apple Hong Kong this morning. Let along a one day sale event from Apple HK. The email announcement detailed their first ever Chinese New Year 2011 one day sale event to be held on Friday, January 14th in their online store. There are currently no additional details about the deals, discounts or products included in the one-day-sale event. Visiting the page on Apple HK online store right now, one will see a message asking visitors to return on Friday for details.

Many people are tempted by the low cost of Apple products in Hong Kong compared to all other countries around the world, including USA. They are most attracted to the factory SIM-unlocked iPhones sold through official Apple resellers and Apple HK store online. So they are tempted to purchase one or more of these products while they are travelling to Hong Kong. Making a purchasing decision like this should not be taken lightly. Aside from the cost, for any electronic product there should also be consideration of warrantee.

Fortunately, Apple had changed its warrantee last year for all its "portable" devices (ie. MacBook, iPod, iPhone, iPad, etc.) such that they have a worldwide warrantee coverage. But you need to read the (not so) small print in Apple's warrantee documents. Apple has the rights to request any warrantee services to be performed in the purchased country. Of course, this is less likely if the country where the warrantee requester is in also officially sells the item in question.

In some cases, people who lives in Hong Kong may want to consider purchasing Apple products from other countries. One such example, is the current situation with the iPad, where they were sold out within one day and Apple Premier Resellers have stopped receiving pre-orders because they can no longer promise a date on which to fulfill the backorders. Fortunately, for people who lives in HK, by this Friday (July 30th) Apple HK will be officially selling every Apple released products. Therefore, the chances of Apple HK requesting purchasers to send the warranted item back to purchasing country for warrantee repairs is low. So if you have the means to purchase iPad or iPhone 4 from UK or France, and willing to pay the higher cost due to exchange rates, you can.

Please understand I am not suggesting you purchase from the gray-market sellers in Mong Kok or Wanchai. These resellers are charging approximately HKD1000.00 above List price for iPads and close to 200% more for the iPhone 4 (from UK or France), lower for the ones from USA.

Apple March 2009 Product Release Apple this morning (US PST) released new Mac Mini, iMac and Mac Pro. The former were not a surprise to me but the latter was. As I had thought Apple will leave the Mac Pro upgrade for WWDC, especially given the current economic climate.

First the Mac Mini, the previously leaked photos, from China, was indeed real. I guess Apple had not place a tight enough iron fist around the Chinese factories manufacturing their hardware. The form factor did not change from the previous model, but inside and the back had.

The new Mac has:

New Model Previous Model
CPU 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 1.83GHz or 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
System Bus 1066MHz 667MHz
Memory (RAM) Max. 4GB with 2 DIMM slots taking 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM Max. 3GB with 2 DIMM slots taking 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM
L2 Cache 3MB shared 2MB and 4MB shared
Video Card NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Video RAM 128MB or 256MB shared with main memory 64MB DDR2 shared with main memory
Hard Drive Options 120GB or 320GB 5400rpm SATA 80GB or 120GB or 160GB 5400rpm SATA
Optical Drive SuperDrive across the line Choice of Combo or SuperDrive
Firewire Port 1 Firewire 800 1 Firewire 400
USB Ports 5 USB 2.0 ports 4 USB 2.0 ports
Video Ports Mini DisplayPort & Mini-DVI output DVI output
Wireless (WiFi) AirPort Extreme Card (802.11n) AirPort Extreme Card (802.11b/g)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
Ethernet 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit)
Audio Ports Optical digital audio input/audio line in, combined optical digital audio output

This new Mac Mini with is improved separate video processor and more memory can now be a even better home media center with Boxee installed than before.

If we can only bring back Hulu on Boxee then it will be ideal.

As for the new iMac there was no design change except the wired keyboard that come in the box. Apple has removed the numeric keypad from the right of the keyboard. I personally think this is not good.

Anyway here are the comparison between the new and previous models:

New Model Previous Model
CPU 2.66GHz, 2.93GHz or 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (Core i7 on the 24" models) 2.80GHz or 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo ("Penryn")
Memory (RAM) Max. 8GB with 2 DIMM slots taking 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM Max. 4GB with 2 DIMM slots taking 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM
Video Card NVIDIA GeForce 9400M with 256MB shared with main memory or NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 with 256MB or NVIDIA GeForce GT 130 with 512MB ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro or NVIDIA GeForce 8800GS
Video RAM 128MB or 256MB shared with main memory 64MB DDR2 shared with main memory
Hard Drive Options 320GB or 640GB or 1TB 7200rpm SATA 320GB or 500GB or 750GB or 1TB 7200rpm SATA
Optical Drive SuperDrive with 4x double-layer burning SuperDrive
Firewire Port 1 Firewire 800 1 Firewire 400, 1 Firewire 800
USB Ports 4 USB 2.0 ports + 2 on keyboard 3 USB 2.0 ports + 2 on keyboard
Video Ports Mini DisplayPort output with support for DVI, dual-link DVI, and VGA Mini-DVI output support for DVI and VGA
Wireless (WiFi) AirPort Extreme Card (802.11n) AirPort Extreme Card (802.11a/b/g/n)
Camera Built-in iSight camera
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
System Bus 1066MHz
L2 Cache 6MB shared
Ethernet 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit)
Audio Ports Optical digital audio input/audio line in, combined optical digital audio output
Infrared Port For Apple Remote only

The Mac Pro was improved in almost all elements I will not do a comparison here as there are too many, instead you can check them out at Apple's web site for the Mac Pro.

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