Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13″ (Late 2013)

Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13″ (Late 2013)
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My current work laptop is a Apple MacBook Air 13 Inch (Mid 2011). Despite getting it back in March 2012, the laptop itself is a 3-year old model. My company, migme, has a policy to change laptop every 3 years and this time round, they bought for me a 13″ MacBook Pro Retina (Late 2013).

The processor is a 2.4GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz) with 16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM and 256GB PCIe-based Flash Storage. This configuration cost S$2,368.

Apple iPhone 5s Case (Brown)

Apple iPhone 5s Case (Brown)
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Bought the Apple iPhone 5s Case (Brown) from the Apple’s Fifth Avenue store because I have to get something from that iconic flagship store! It is just slightly cheaper than Singapore if you pay by cash. Over there, it is retailing for US$39 + US$3.46 (NYC 8.875% tax) = US$42.46 (S$54), whereas in Singapore it is retailing for S$58.

I got the brown to match my Apple iPad Air Smart Case (Brown)!

Apple iPad Air Smart Case (Brown)

Apple iPad Air Smart Case (Brown)
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The Apple iPad Air Smart Case retails in Singapore for S$118 and there are 6 colors to choose from (Brown, Beige, Black, Yellow, Blue & Red). It is made up of aniline-dyed leather. Since I am using the silver iPad Air, I chose the color Brown! I think Brown or Red will go well with the Silver iPad Air.

The smart case is very well build since it comes from Apple and hence all the holes are aligned perfectly well with the iPad Air. It does add a little bit of bulk and weight to the iPad Air but is still acceptable for me.

Apple iPad Air (Silver 16GB) (Wi-Fi + Cellular)

Apple iPad Air (Silver 16GB) (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
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Both of my iPads are starting to show it’s age because it lags in everything it does. So it is time for an upgrade! I wanted to get the iPad Mini Retina but in the end I chose the iPad Air because of the bigger screen (easier for Li Xiang to do her sketching).

Sold my iPad 1 (16GB) (Wi-Fi + 3G) and iPad 2 (Black 32GB) (Wi-Fi + 3G) on Carousell in just one weekend for S$150 and S$310 respectively!

Apple Thunderbolt Cable (2m)

Apple Thunderbolt Cable (2m)
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My family got me the Apple Thunderbolt Cable (2m) from Apple Store at IFC, Hong Kong when they are there for a holiday. It is retailing for HK$288 in Hong Kong and S$48 in Singapore. Due to the weakening Singapore Dollar against the Hong Kong Dollar, it is about the same price after currency conversion. It used to be slightly cheaper.

You can connect your MacBook Air to your iMac using this cable and this will turn your iMac into a secondary monitor.

Apple iMac 27″ (Late 2012)

Apple iMac 27″ (Late 2012)
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Been waiting to order the new Apple iMac 27″ (Late 2012) since it was announced back in 23rd October 2012 to replace my 4 years old desktop. Apple Online Store (Singapore) made the new iMacs available for order on the 30th November 2012. I placed my order on the very day using my brother’s name from the Education Store since he is still a student in National University of Singapore (NUS).

I maxed out the specifications for the 27″ iMac except for the 756GB SSD option because it is way too expensive. After max specifications, the iMac itself cost S$4,349 and I bought Apple Care which is an additional S$218. In total, it cost S$4,567.

Apple Lightning to Micro USB Adapter

Apple Lightning to Micro USB Adapter
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Bought the Apple Lightning to Micro USB Adapter from Apple Online Store (Singapore) for S$28. Initially it was only available in Europe as in Europe if you are selling mobile phones, it has to come with Micro USB connectivity. But last Saturday, in a surprise move by Apple, they decided to make it available for all.

Previously, the Apple 30-pin Connector to Micro USB Adapter is only available in Europe and still is.

Apple Lightning to 30-pin Adapter

Apple Lightning to 30-pin Adapter
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Bought the Apple Lightning to 30-pin Adapter from Apple Online Store (Singapore) for S$42. Bought it on Monday, 8th October 2012 and got it within the same week on Friday, 12th October 2012.

I don’t think it is out in retail stores yet, probably in a week or two, but I expect it to be out of stock the moment it is available in stores, like what happen to the Apple Lightning to USB Cable.