I'll be heading to WWDC 2016 next week and I've got a bag full of tricks to help me get through it!
Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is less than a week away. I don't have to travel as far as my iMore cohorts, but I still have to take a lot of gear with me. While trying to pack as minimally as possible, I'll still be toting around my most important gadgets. Here's whats in my bag this year.
Handbag of Holding: I am a tabletop gamer and I love Dungeons and Dragons. When I first discovered the Handbag of Holding, I just about flipped my lid. It's the perfect accessory for my RPG-ing needs and it also works great as a gear bag. It's got pockets, pockets, and more pockets, all to keep my various gadgets and doodads separated.
13-inch MacBook Pro:The MacBook Pro is the only way to go when it comes to laptops, in my opinion. They are powerful enough to be used as a main computer, but portable enough to take on the road. I prefer the 13-inch model because it's just easier to tote around, even though I am more comfortable using a larger screen. That's why I usually connect my MBP to my iPad Pro with Duet Display so I can use a second screen.
9.7-inch iPad Pro: When traveling to conferences, I don't usually use my iPad for anything more than a second screen, which is why the Baby Pro is the perfect device for my needs. It is small, lightweight, and does everything I need a second screen to do. WWDC 2016 will be the first time I'll have Apple Pencil support, so I may use it for sketching and doodling, too.
iPhone SE: The smaller, yet still powerful, iPhone SE is the only smart phone I need. It fits perfectly into my bag or pocket and I can take care of tasks one-handed. I don't need anything larger because that's what I have an iPad Pro for.
Apple Watch Sport Space Gray: These days, I need my Apple Watch as much as I need my iPhone. It provides instant bite-sized bits of information about important communications. If I get a notification or a text message, I can simply glance down at my wrist to decide if I need to address it further. This is invaluable when you are working on a fast-paced schedule.
Logitech Case [+] for iPhone: This is the best, most versatile case I've ever used — I've literally not gone anywhere without it since getting it in 2014 for my iPhone 5. It has an anodized metal cover and can be magnetically customized with a wallet, dashboard mount, and stand. It also comes with a battery extender that clips onto its backside of the case that fully charges my iPhone in about an hour. Unfortunately, Logitech doesn't make the modular Case [+] anymore, so you'd have to buy each item separately (case, dashboard mount, and battery case), or try getting the whole thing on the reseller's market. It is also only compatible with the iPhone 5, 5s, or SE.
Apple Pencil: I have one, so why not use it?
AF-S Nikkor 55 - 300mm zoom lens for Nikon DSLR camera: I'm actually just bringing this for Bader. He's going to need it for taking close-up shots inside the enormous Bill Graham Center.
Apple EarPods: I have yet to find the perfect in-ear headphones. So, I've settled for the EarPods that come with the iPhone. I don't actually like them; they hurt my ears after about a half hour of use. But, I haven't tried looking for a better in-ear model yet. So, my pain is my fault.
Reporter's Notebook: I always bring a Reporter's Notebook with me on business trips. I rarely ever use one, but they are great for getting quotes or jotting down notes when you are on the move. They are only four inches wide, so you can hold a notebook in one hand while writing with the other. If you are standing and don't have a hard, flat surface nearby, a Reporter's Notebook is a great secondary option.
Of course, this doesn't include my cables and adapters, but this is my typical gear bag list. If I add any last minute items, I'll be sure to let you know.
The keynote starts at 10am PT/1pm ET on Monday, June 13 and we will be covering the entire event live.
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