Apple Pencil Case (black, 2017)

The Apple Pencil Case was originally designed for the Generation 1 Apple Pencil. The case is made of leather and is described on Apple’s website:

“A beautifully crafted case for Apple Pencil made of durable leather, it’s available in colors that match other Apple accessories. It protects your Apple Pencil when you’re not using it while making a graceful statement — cleanly and precisely designed, just like Apple Pencil.”

The Apple Pencil Case has been available in a variety of colors, including: black, (PRODUCT)RED, electric blue, soft pink, midnight blue, and saddle brown.

This example is black, unopened in its original package.

Source: Apple

Apple Pencil Case [(PRODUCT)RED, 2017]

The Apple Pencil Case was originally designed for the Generation 1 Apple Pencil. The case is made of leather and described on Apple’s website:

“A beautifully crafted case for Apple Pencil made of durable leather, it’s available in colors that match other Apple accessories. It protects your Apple Pencil when you’re not using it while making a graceful statement — cleanly and precisely designed, just like Apple Pencil.”

The Apple Pencil Case has been available in a variety of colors, including: black, (PRODUCT)RED, electric blue, soft pink, midnight blue, and saddle brown.

This example is red and part of Apple’s (PRODUCT)RED offerings. This Apple Pencil Case is unopened in its original package.

Source: Apple

Backpack, Apple Distinguished Educator (2017)

This computer backpack is embroidered on the front with the Apple Distinguished Educator logo in metallic silver. The backpack is made by Vertex (5387) and a tag indicates that the model is a Viper Computer Backpack.

The backpack has many practical features for travel, including a detatchable “Viewpoint System” to easily remove your laptop during airport screening. It aslo has a carabiner with a bottle opener, a luggage strap to slip over a carry-on handle, and a large center compartment.

I was honored to receive this backpack as part of the Apple Distinguished Educator program. I am part of the ADE Class of 2007.

iPhone 8 (space gray, 2017)

The iPhone 8 was announced September 12, 2017, at the same time as the iPhone X (iPhone ten). Except for a glass back (replacing a metal back), the iPhone 8 (and the iPhone 8 Plus) were similar in design to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models that preceded them. The iPhone 8 was arguably eclipsed by the iPhone X with Apple’s first edge-to-edge screen with no Home button and a design that hinted at future designs of iPhone and iPad devices.

The iPhone 8 had a 4.7-inch Retina HD touchscreen (1334×750 at 326 ppi). Its solid-state Home button used Apple’s Taptic engine and a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Its front camera was a 7-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, and its back camera was a 12-megapixel 4K camera with a six-element lens system with augmented reality (AR) support.

The iPhone 8 was first offered in gold (white front with gold glass back), silver (white front with silver glass back), and space gray (black front with dark gray glass back), and Apple later added a (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition model (black front with a red glass back).

Internally, the iPhone 8 used an A11 Bionic processor with six cores, 2 GB RAM, and was offered in storage options of 64, 128, and 256 GB. Wireless connections included 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, LTE (4G), and NFC (Apple Pay). Its only wired connection was the Lightning port (the headphone jack had been removed from the previous iPhone 7 models).

Qi wireless charging was also introduced with the iPhone 8—and also the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, introduced at the same time.

Sources: Everymac, Wikipedia

iPad (Generation 5, Wi-Fi, 32 GB, space gray, 2017)

The iPad Generation 5 was introduced in early 2017 and was referred to by Apple as the “9.7-inch iPad.”

This was the first “regular,” or base model, iPad available in colors other than back or white. The iPad Generation 5 was available in gold (gold aluminum back and white glass front), silver (silver aluminum back and white glass front), and space gray (dark gray aluminum back and black glass front).

This iPad had a 9.7-inch Retina Display touchscreen (2048×1536 at 264 ppi) and a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Internally it used a two-core 1.8 GHz A9 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and was available with 32 or 128 GB on internal storage.

Its rear camera was an 8-megapixel iSight camera that could record video at 1080p (at 30 fps). Its front camera was a FaceTime HD camera that could record video at 720p. Wireless connections included 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2, and wired connections included a Lightning connector and audio port.

Source: Everymac

SIM-eject tool (from iPhone SE Generation 1, 2017)

Over the years, Apple has included a SIM-eject tool with iPhone and iPad models with a SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) tray. Early Apple SIM eject tools were more substantially designed than this version and were made from an alloy named Liquidmetal.

This version of the SIM eject tool shipped with an iPhone SE (2017). While a previous version of the tool was solid, this SIM eject tool is essentially a bent wire. It is unknown as to whether this tool is made from Liquidmetal.

Interestingly, Apple’s official Support web pages refer to the “official” SIM-eject tool, but picture a bent paper clip in their how-to diagrams for removing SIM cards.

Sources: Mac Rumors, Apple

HomePod T-shirt (white, multicolor, XXL, 2017)

This T-shirt is white with the top view of a white Apple HomePod design. The center of the design features the multicolor pattern displayed on a HomePod when Siri is responding. The shirt was purchased at the Infinite Loop Apple Store in Cupertino, CA. Its product number is HM3C2LL/A.

The shirt is a size XXL, unopened in its original box.