T-shirt, Back to School (dark green, 2011)

This dark green t-shirt was made for Apple’s Back to School events and promotions in 2011. The front features a stylized hand-drawn sketch that includes an Apple logo and icons for Pages, GarageBand, iMovie, Keynote, Twitter, iTunes, and other drawings.

The back of the shirt includes an Apple logo and the words “Back to School 2011” in Apple’s Myriad font, used by Apple from approximately 2003–17.

The shirt is made by American Apparel, a brand “that stands for inclusiveness, equality and empowerment.” The shirt is a Men’s/Unisex Large size.

Sources: Wikipedia, American Apparel

Luggage Tag (transparent acrylic with blue metal accent, 2011)

This luggage tag is made from transparent acrylic and is wrapped with an anodized metal blue accent. One side of the blue accent features a white Apple logo, and the other side includes a cutout for the user’s name and is printed with the words “2011 Education Sales Club.” The words are printed in white in the Apple Myriad font, Apple’s corporate font used approximately between 2003–2017.

The slide-out card with personal information inside the luggage tag is secured by a translucent silicone loop.

The luggage tag has elegantly rounded corners and thickly curved edges. It measures 2 3/8 inches wide, 3 1/2 inches long, and is 1/4 inch thick.

Source: Wikipedia (Typography of Apple)

MacBook Pro 13-inch (Late 2011)

The MacBook Pro 13-inch (Late 2011) used the Intel Core i5 “Sandy Bridge” 2.4 GHz processor with two cores. It had a 500 GB Serial ATA (5400 RPM) hard drive, a SuperDrive, an Intel HD Graphics 3000 graphics processor, and an integrated FaceTime HD webcam. Its display used an LED-backlit 13.3-inch widescreen TFT active-matrix glossy display (at 1280×800 resolution).

Wireless connectivity included AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1. Wired ports included Gigabit Ethernet, one Firewire 800 port, two USB 2.0 ports, audio in/out, an SDXC card slot, and a Thunderbolt port.

According to EveryMac, this laptop was identical to its predecessor, the MacBook Pro 13-inch (Early 2011) except for the faster processor. In fact, EveryMac indicated that this Late 2011 model was “quietly unveiled without a press release.”

This laptop was 0.95 inch high, 12.78 inches wide, 8.94 inches deep, and weighed 4.5 pounds. It originally shipped with OS X Lion.

Sources: EveryMac, Apple

Powered Speaker with Apple Distinguished Educator logo (orange, c. 2011)

This unique item appears to be a bright orange zippered accessory case with a silver carabiner attached, but when opened it reveals a battery-powered portable speaker and a pocket for a music-playing device such as an iPod or iPhone.

The speaker is powered by 2 AAA batteries and has an ON/OFF switch. A wire with a standard stereo headphone plug extends from the speaker to connect to a device.

The case is bright orange and is printed with the Apple Distinguished Educator logo in white in the Apple Myriad font. Apple Myriad was Apple’s corporate font used approximately between 2003–2017.

Apple describes Apple Distinguished Educators as “the educators who are looking to change the world. They are active leaders from around the world helping other educators rethink what’s possible with iPad and Mac to make learning deeply personal for every student.”

I became an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) in 2007. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the event where these speakers were offered, but an ADE friend of mine gave me this speaker for my collection.

Source: Apple (ADE), Wikipedia

iPad (Generation 2, Wi-Fi, 16 GB, black, 2011)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is my 500th post! I celebrate it by posting the iPad 2—the iPad model that arguably flipped the device from being a consumption to creation device, and began a transformation in 1:1 education device programs. —Matt

The iPad 2 represented a major update to the original iPad by allowing the iPad to begin its move from a content-consumption device to a content-creation device, mostly due to the addition of front and back cameras. Apple’s press release led with its subhead, “All New Design is Thinner, Lighter & Faster with FaceTime, Smart Covers & 10 Hour Battery.”

Like the original iPad, the iPad 2 was described as a “magical device for browsing the web, reading and sending email, enjoying photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games, reading ebooks and much more.” The iPad 2 added “two cameras, a front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime and Photo Booth, and a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video, bringing the innovative FaceTime feature to iPad users for the first time.” The iPad 2 had a silver aluminum back and was available with a white or black front.

The iPad 2 had a 9.7-inch glossy LED backlit display (1024×768 at 132 ppi) and could run both iPhone and iPad-specific apps. It shipped with the A5 processor with storage options including 16, 32, or 64 GB. In addition to its front and rear cameras, it had 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi support, an accelerometer, a three-axis gyroscope, an ambient light sensor, digital compass, a speaker and a built-in microphone. The iPad 2 was 33% thinner than the original iPad and weighed 1.33 pounds.

The iPad 2 was also released with the Smart Cover. The Smart Cover used magnets to attach and, when closed, automatically put the iPad 2 into Sleep mode, and would wake the iPad when opened.

Source: Everymac, Apple

iPod touch (Generation 4, 8 GB, white, 2011)

The 2011 version of the iPod touch Generation 4 was identical to previous versions of the iPod touch Generation 4, except it was also offered in white, like this example.

Although the iPod touch Generation 4 has a design similar to the iPhone 3GS, its features more closely resemble those of the iPhone 4 that sold at the same time. (The iPod touch lacked the iPhone 4 features of 3G/EDGE phone, A-GPS, and digital compass.)

The iPod touch Generation 4 included a 3.5-inch Retina Display (960×640 at 326 ppi), FaceTime video calling (using Apple ID), an integrated microphone, front-facing VGA camera, 3-axis gyroscope, and a 720p camera (lower quality than the iPhone 4). The iPod touch Generation 4 also allowed iMovie editing using the iOS version of iMovie available at the time.

The iPod touch Generation 4 used the Apple A4 processor, 256 MB of RAM, and was available with 32 or 64 GB of RAM for internal storage.

Sources: Everymac, Wikipedia

iPad 2 Dock (2011)

The iPad 2 Dock was released in 2011 along with the iPad 2 as a 30-pin charging option. In addition to charging, it also has a line-out audio port.

The iPad 2 Dock box somewhat confusingly designated the product as “iPad Dock.” However, the dock is a significantly larger design than the original iPad Dock, measuring 3.3 inches wide, 1.5 inches tall, and 3.6 inches deep. The sticker on the bottom of the box was printed as “iPad 2 Dock,” while the front of the box was printed with “iPad Dock.”

This dock included a front lip that made using it with an iPad in a case impossible.

Source: iLounge

Mac OS X Server 10.6 box (2011)

The Mac OS X Server Version 10.6 Snow Leopard Server retail box was white and used a photo of a snow leopard as the front box art.

Its tagline, shown on the back of the box, was: “More power to your business. Communicate, collaborate, and share with Snow Leopard Server.” Six featured technologies shown on the box back included:

  • Server Preferences
  • Wiki Server 2
  • Podcast Producer 2
  • iCal Server 2
  • Mail Server
  • Address Book Server

This was the first Mac OS X Server version to include Mobile Access Server to allow iPhone and Mac users to access secured network services with SSL encryption and authentication between a user’s iPhone or Mac and a private network.

Snow Leopard Server was only available in an unlimited client license and cost $499.

Source: Wikipedia

MacBook Air Reinstall Drive (2011)

In 2011 Apple stopped including CD and/or DVD media with devices. Not coincidentally, this was also the same time when Apple stopped including optical drives in their devices. Instead of DVDs, Apple included a custom USB flash drive with Mac OS X and other software installers.

According to Apple’s website:

MacBook Air (Late 2010): Frequently Asked Questions about Software Reinstall Drive

“Your MacBook Air (Late 2010) comes with a USB Software Reinstall Drive that contains a copy of Mac OS X and iLife. If you selected to pre-install iWork at the time purchase, iWork is also included on the MacBook Air Software Reinstall Drive. Use this device instead of DVDs to reinstall your operating system and applications and to run essential applications and utilities. Note: The MacBook Air Software Reinstall Drive is read only. You cannot erase it, reformat it, or reuse it as a general purpose USB storage device. If you try to use the MacBook Air Software Reinstall Drive on a computer other than a MacBook Air (Late 2010), you will be offered two options: ‘Restore from a Time Machine backup’ or ‘Restart the computer’. All menu selections are disabled.”

Source: Apple

iPad 10W USB Power Adapter (unopened, 2011)

This iPad 10W USB Power Adapter is compatible with iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and iPod nano devices with a 30-pin connector. The part number is MC359LL/A.

The box contains three parts, a 30-pin to USB cable, a power “brick,” and a removable 2-prong US power plug. This example is unopened in its original packaging.