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Apple's annual iPhone event takes place on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, and I'm about to start packing my bags. Right now, all the gear I'm taking with me is all laid out, ready for a final check. The specifics of that gear has grown, shrunk, and changed over the years. Sometimes I lug a DSLR and lenses as big as a thermos. Other times I try to go iPhone-only. So, what's in the bag this time? And, hey, what's the bag?
- Tumi Alpha Bravo Knox Backpack: Kevin Michaluk recommended this bag to me and I love almost everything about it. It's stylish and small, but holds a ton of gear.
- Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 22-inch: I travel light and try to stick to carry-on. A lot of suitcase recs I've gotten have been too big for the airlines I fly. Travelpro has been perfect. I just wish it didn't have the front section and gave me full depth in the main compartment.
- 13-inch MacBook Pro: This is the portable powerhouse. It doesn't weigh me down but can handle Final Cut Pro like a champ.
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro: The baby pro isn't quite as productive as the big pro, but what I want for this trip is something easy to work — and sketch — on anywhere.
- Smart Keyboard: I know my colleagues have been wooed by Logitech but I already have a MacBook with me so this is more about sleekness than clickity-clack-ness for me.
- Apple Pencil: For sketching on iPad Pro on the go. Maybe I'll diagram more this year?
- Apple Pen: Picked this up at the Infinite Loop Apple Store. Sadly, customs forms still require ink.
- iPhone 6s Plus: The closest thing yet to a hand computer. I can run almost everything from this, and for an iPhone event, I'll need to.
- iPhone 6s: Because when you get to see new iPhones, you want to compare them to what came before.
- Smart Battery Case: Still the cleverest — and hence most efficient — battery case in the business. Also to compare in case a new one is announced with the new iPhones.
- iPhone SE: I'm not expecting a new 4-inch iPhone, but I still want to compare the one from this March.
- iPhone 5: It runs on Verizon and event Wi-Fi fails and sometimes so does AT&T and I need options to tether and stop looking at me like that!
- Apple Watch Hermès: It's gotten to the point where, if I'm not wearing my Watch, I notice it almost immediately.
- Bose QuietComfort 20 headphones: Yup, they need to be charged and there's a huge dongle on the bottom, but when you flip the switch and the sound of the aircraft engines or din of the coffee shop disappears, you don't care. You just enjoy.
- Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones: Serenity Caldwell sold me on these, so I'm leaving my Bang & Olufsen H6 gen 2 at home and going Bluetooth for the first time. (Sneaky suspicion it might come in handy this week too...)
- mophie Powerstation: Tons of juice, wrapped in rose gold. Because nothing shreds battery life like roaming ... and I want some west coast Pokémon, dagnabit!
I'm also bringing a bunch of power adapters and cables. There's also a chance I'll add to or change some of this lineup before I jump on the plane. If so, I'll update accordingly.
Either way, the keynote kicks off at 10am PT/1pm ET on Wednesday, September 7, and we'll be bringing it to you live!
Previously, on Gear Bags
- Read: What's in Lory's gear bag
- Read: What's in Mikah's gear bag
- Read: What's in Serenity's gear bag
- Read: What's in Daniel's gear bag