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What’s in Serenity’s WWDC 2017 gear bag?

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What’s in Serenity’s WWDC 2017 gear bag?

In relation to packing for WWDC, it is all about patterns.

I have been in northern California for 6 WWDCs since 2011: One in-town revel in, and 5 cross-country packing trips.

Each and every WWDC has required somewhat other equipment and bag wishes, and 2017 isn't any other. This yr, I am coming to San Jose at once from a roller derby tournament in Milwaukee: In consequence, I had to be smarter than ever about what I packed, how a lot I packed, and the bag I packed it in.

I am exceedingly grateful for my 5 previous WWDC stories, that have let me get a take care of on what I want and what I will be able to break out with leaving at house; I should not have been in a position to pack this yr's bag with out them.

2017 provides an previous favourite — a Mac pc — to my bag, in addition to my 9.7-inch iPad Professional and iPhone 7 Plus, however in choosing my MacBook Professional over the 12.9-inch iPad Professional, I have additionally decreased probably the most additional bulk in a different way taken up via further equipment. Here is what I am bringing!

  • Osprey Daylite Plus Daypack: As a result of I used to be already bringing a horny hefty backpack in this time out for my curler derby gear, I sought after to stay my tech wishes gentle and nimble — and considered one of Osprey's mountaineering backpacks, the Daylite Plus, is an ideal have compatibility. I have been loving touring with Pad and Quill's stunning Cascade backpack, nevertheless it used to be simply going to be too cumbersome at the side of my different baggage.

    As well as, with all of the hustle and bustle of WWDC's keynote and occasions, the theory of a small however flexible bag used to be simply too tempting to move up: It is rugged however trendy, and constructed like a mountaineering backpack with all of the proper vents to stay air flowing thru your again as you put on it. The Daylite Plus simply suits my MacBook Professional and iPad Professional in combination in its primary compartment and pc sleeve, with quite a lot of room to spare for extra chargers and my different miscellany.

  • 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar: I really like writing on my iPads. I do. However industry presentations are tough to hide iPad-only, and I ignored out on enjoying with the early macOS Sierra betas final yr by way of opting to not convey a pc. Now not this yr. I am additionally masking it with Pad and Quill's Cartella Slim, a marvelous protecting ebook masking that still assists in keeping my Mac from taking a look like a very easy robbery goal — or getting misplaced in a crowd of alternative Mac customers.

  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro and Pencil: This yr, I am bringing my iPad to WWDC as a lot for brand spanking new iOS betas as anything, however I am additionally hoping to get some sketching and brainstorming in with the iPad right through the week. Additionally it is great to understand I've a backup writing system will have to I finally end up in a spot the place I will be able to't simply recharge my Mac — the iPad Professional's battery lifestyles has stored me on multiple instance. And whats up, if I additionally occur to recover multitasking in a developer beta, extra the easier.

  • Logitech Create Keyboard Case: Although I would possibly not do a ton of typing on my iPad this yr, my Logitech Create case is just about fused to it at this level. It provides me a perfect keyboard, coverage when tossing the tablet into luggage, and a safe position for my Apple Pencil.

  • iPhone 7 Plus: How the tables have became: I introduced the 6s Plus alongside again in 2016 in large part as a dumb pipe for iOS betas; 365 days later, the Plus style is my number one phone, thank you in large part to Portrait Mode and its awesome battery lifestyles. (A laugh reality: It is not in my gear image as it took the gear image.) I am recently the use of Twelve South's Journal folio case for each coverage and a pockets choice, so to additional reduce down at the choice of issues I've to fret about.

  • Steel Apple Watch: I will be able to't pass any place with out my trusty Apple Watch. It now not solely is helping me stay monitor of northern California's bizarre climate patterns and pay for issues, it additionally lets in me to stick in the loop whilst strolling the town streets with out ever having to take out and stare at my iPhone. And it is going to be monitoring my process all this weekend throughout my event!

  • AirPods: Those have transform my on a regular basis headphones lift, and for just right explanation why — I will be able to use them to hear one thing with out a lot muss or fuss, and having them hooked up to my bag with the Lunies keychain case makes them even more uncomplicated to take hold of at a second's realize.

  • Beats X: The place the AirPods are all about comfort, the Beats X give you the sound isolation I every so often desperately want at meetings. In looking to pack gentle this day trip, I opted to not deliver my liked Bose QC35 headphones, so the Beats X are very important in ensuring the whole thing remains quiet even in the loudest environments.

  • Mophie Powerstation XXL: WWDC is in large part an attractive device-friendly revel in, however it is also a device-draining revel in. And between new iOS betas, operating round a brand new town, and virtually veritably enjoying some Pokemon Go, my iPhone and iPad's battery can take a beating. Mophie's biggest Powerstation is my saving grace right here: The 20,000mAh battery gives greater than 7 complete fees for an iPhone or as much as two fees for an iPad, giving me a variety of juice for the ones low-battery nights. I have paired the battery with Native Union's 10ft woven Belt Cable, so I will be able to price in virtually any state of affairs with out being worried about twine duration or fraying cables.

  • Anker Multi-port USB charger: If you end up touring, each and every additional USB twine and wall plug takes up area in your bag — and provides to the tension of tech-packing. Anker shall we me centralize my gadget charging with a unmarried energy brick that may rate a USB-C system (or an iPad Professional with a Lightning to USB-C twine), two iPhones, any other iPad, and my Apple Watch.

  • Time Porter: Twelve South's moveable Apple Watch charger and band garage is the most productive factor I have discovered for charging my smartwatch at the move, and it will get additional marks for with the ability to cling my many, many bands.

  • Pokemon Go Plus: I blame Rene.

  • Joby GorillaPod: When at the street, you by no means know what you may well be referred to as upon to movie at WWDC. My trusty GorillaPod mini-tripod is so small, it could actually simply cover in my bag till it is wanted, and I will be able to't wait to make use of it wtih Studio Neat's new adjustable Glif.

  • Pocket Reflector: I did not have a ton of room in my bag for iPhone images gear, however the Pocket Reflector is sufficiently small and helpful sufficient that it turns into a must-pack in tournament scenarios. The sunshine reflector folds out right into a 12-inch circle with white and silver gentle leap choices, and you'll be able to grasp and place it almost about any place.

  • Manfrotto Lumimuse LED As with the Pocket Reflector, I lift the Lumimuse since you by no means know when you'll have to polish a mild or two on a portrait, palms on, or WWDC birthday celebration selfie. It is a great little hand-sized LED highlight that may optionally be fixed to my Gorillapod to offer stabilized gentle.

  • Curler skates: I packed them as a part of my event gear, however they only so occur to snap well to the entrance of my Osprey pack. Skating between WWDC events? Do not thoughts if I do.

  • Sleep masks: In case I want a couple of Zzzs on planes or in-between events.

  • Sun shades: In San Jose, it is in fact sunny! Who knew?

  • Hand sanitizer: As a result of nobody needs to get ill throughout WWDC.

  • Water bottle: I by no means drink sufficient water at meetings, however having a water bottle to hand lets in me to no less than guilt-trip myself about it.

The keynote begins at 10am PT/1pm ET on Monday, June 5, and we will be able to be covering the entire event live.


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