iPhone XR Price Reduction (Singapore)

Apple (US) has already started some form of price reduction for the iPhone XR, though only for trade-ins of iPhone 7 Plus. One can guess that their sales must be not as good as expected.

Though iPhone XR is indeed a good phone, the pricing of over S$1200 is absurd and unaffordable to the middle class. Note that the iPhone XR is supposed to be the cheapest model in the latest X-series. Even loyal fans of Apple are more likely to stick to older iPhone models like iPhone 7/8 than to upgrade. Other brands like Huawei and Samsung have much more affordable phones that are also decently good.

Basically, it is not sustainable for Apple to keep increasing the price significantly for every new model. Otherwise, the iPhone 20 will cost like S$3000? A corollary to Moore’s Law is that electronic devices are supposed to get better (but cheaper) as time passes. One of the first Apple Macintosh cost US$2495 in 1984, which is around US$5694 when adjusted for inflation.

When will iPhone XR start price reduction in Singapore?

This case will be good for protecting your iPhone XR if you get it after the price reduction:

Spigen Tough Armor Designed for Apple iPhone XR Case (2018) – Black

Bid for iPhone 8 at only $1 (real)

[Auction] iPhone 8 64GB [Gold]

Hachi.tech (online website of the Challenger store) is holding an auction. From time to time, the items there are actually quite good and useful. This time the auction is a iPhone 8 64GB. The auction starts at $1.

It is a lucky draw type of auction, meaning that it is not the higher bidder that wins, but rather your chance of winning is proportional to your bid. Also, you only pay if you win the bid, i.e. at no point are you paying anything until you are selected as the lucky winner.

Use the link here to start bidding!: https://www.hachi.tech/auction/67RO6G

Night Mode for Mac

Apple has released a mode called Night Shift for iPhones and iPads. What it does is it reduces blue light from your phone in the evening/night so that one can sleep better. Blue light is known to be unnatural since throughout human history (before Edison), humans have lived in darkness at night. Fire from candles/lantern is Red light, which is considered not as bad as Blue light.

For Mac, there is no such thing as Night Shift (yet), the best alternative is f.lux. I recommend the “classic f.lux” mode over the default, as the default is too extreme (overly red).

Other than improving sleep, another factor it can help with is eye strain.