Looking Back 2017

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Smart Home
Been staying at my place for almost two years now. With regards to my smart home update, I found out that MCO Touch Panel is not very lasting.

Three of my 1-gang MCO Touch Panel (MH-S411) spoiled. Spoiled in a sense, it doesn’t have power to the unit, and hence I can’t switch on or off my lights. Another of my 4-gang MCO Touch Panel (MH-S314), the Z-wave module inside it spoiled, so I can’t pair it.

Luckily, I managed to RMA all my MCO Touch Panel with Automate Asia. Kudos to their good service!

I also replaced my Fibaro Home Center Lite (HCL) with Homey as I was extremely frustrated at how slow and unreliable Fibaro HCL is.

Apple
The first official Apple Store opened in Singapore on 27th May 2017 and it is called Apple Orchard Road.

2017 is the year where I upgrade all my Apple devices.

Bought the iPhone X Space Grey (256GB) and upgraded my four years old Apple iPad Air (Silver 16GB) (Wi-Fi + Cellular) to Apple iPad Pro 10.5″ (Space Grey 256GB) (Wi-Fi + Cellular).

Company upgraded my three years old Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13″ (Late 2013) to Apple MacBook Pro 13″ with Touch Bar and Touch ID (Mid 2017).

Bought the Apple Watch Series 3, GPS + Cellular, 42mm, from Yodobashi-Umeda, Osaka. I chose the Space Black Stainless Steel Case with Space Black Milanese Loop. My Apple Watch Series 0 is getting slower after each watchOS update, and the battery can’t even last one full day. So I decided to upgrade it. Apple Watch is much cheaper in Japan after the tax refund and the 5% VISA discount if you pay by VISA credit card at any Yodobashi stores.

I also upgraded my Huawei Mate 9 to the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. Huawei Mate 10 Pro is a fantastic Android phone. It is a very good alternative to Google Pixel.

What I Said In 2016

I am guessing 2017 will be the year of wireless mesh Wi-Fi system with Eero, Google Wi-Fi, Luma and Orbi already on the bandwagon. We will probably see more mainstream brands like Linksys, D-Link, TP-Link, Netgear, and Asus on board. I am already using Eero (next blog post) for my house.

Indeed it has. Linksys has Velop, D-Link has Covr, TP-Link has Deco and Asus has Lyra.

Eero also has launched its second generation wireless mesh Wi-Fi system.

Google Wi-Fi came to Singapore in 2017 and I changed my parents’ house router to Google Wi-Fi.

I hope to get a Mac desktop computer in 2017, and I can’t wait for iPhone 8 (or whatever you call it).

It looks like Apple did not focus much on desktop computers for 2017. But in 2018, this will change. I am confident that we will see a Mac mini refresh. Also, iMac Pro was launched in Singapore on 19th December 2017.

There are three iPhones in 2017. iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the unexpected iPhone X which was intended as the flagship iPhone.

I probably want to travel more, especially to Japan, since I have not been to Japan before.

Went to Hokkaido in June 2017 and in December 2017, I went to Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo. In fact, I am publishing this blog post in Tokyo!

Also, I went to Seoul, South Korea, back in October 2017.

For 2018
Looking forward to bridging Apple Homekit with Homey so I can use my iOS devices to control my home. I might even get the Apple Homepod.

I am going to get the Apple AirPower Mat when it comes out next year.

I doubt I will be getting any desktop computer from Apple in 2018 as my Apple iMac 27″ (Late 2012) still works fine.

I will be going to Bali in March 2018 to celebrate my birthday.

Hopefully, at the end of 2018, I can travel to San Francisco (SF), so I can visit the newly open Apple Park. The last time I was in SF was back in 2012.

I would like to wish all my readers, visitors, and supporters a Happy New Year 2018!

Looking Back 2017

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