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Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13″ (Late 2013)

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 MacBook Pro Retina (Late 2013) - Box Front
Apple MacBook Pro Retina (Late 2013) – Box Front

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Apple Lightning to USB Cable (0.5m)

Apple’s first Lightning to USB Cable was 1 meter in length when it was first launched in September 2012.

In February 2013, Apple released a shorter variant of it which halved that length and again in September 2013, Apple released a longer variant of it which is twice the length.

Apple Lightning to USB Cable (0.5m) - Box Front
Apple Lightning to USB Cable (0.5m) – Box Front

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Apple iPhone 5s Case (Brown)

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 iPhone 5s Case - Box Front
Apple iPhone 5s Case – Box Front

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Apple iPad Air Smart Case (Brown)

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 Smart Case - Box Front
Apple iPad Air Smart Case – Box Front

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

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 iPad Air - Box Front
Apple iPad Air – Box Front

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Apple Thunderbolt Cable (2m)

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 Thunderbolt Cable (2m) - Box Front
Apple Thunderbolt Cable (2m) – Box Front

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Apple iMac 27″ (Late 2012)

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.

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Apple iMac 27″ (Late 2012) – Outer Box

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Apple Lightning to Micro USB Adapter

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 Micro USB Adapter - Box
Apple Lightning to Micro USB Adapter – Box

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Apple Refreshes iMac, Mac mini, iPad & Introduces 13″ MBP Retina Display, iPad mini

At this morning event, Apple refreshes the iMac, Mac mini and iPad lineup and introduces 2 new prodcts, the 13″ MacBook Pro with Retina Display and iPad mini.

Also Apple seems to be dropping the “the new iPad” name from iPad and it is now called “iPad with Retina Display” which is similar to the MacBook Pro’s “MacBook Pro with Retina Display”.

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27″ iMac

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