iFixit tears down the Apple Pencil →

What is this—a logic board for ants? Not quite, but weighing in at a whopping 1.0 gram it’s definitely the smallest we’ve ever seen.

This thing has a freaking logic board (with 4 chips on it) inside! Mind blown.

The pencil is clearly not meant to be opened or repaired; you can’t get inside without destroying the device.

Duh. What else did they expect?

While the teardown’s informative and stuff, there is one less Apple Pencil in the world for someone who really wants one urgently. Maybe they could have waited until stock levels become normal.


ExFAT 2: Who pays $1500 for an iPad???

Just when you thought we are gone for good, Daniel and I return for the second episode of ExFAT.

We ranted and ranted about the Surface Pro, as well as covered the Nexus phones, the Apple TV (a little bit), and of course the iPad Pro. And Daniel talks about his iPhone repair.

This time round, we kept most of the show in Singlish, since quite a number of people complained about the last show which was mostly in Chinese.

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White Marble Snap Case for iPhone 6s+ (made by fabrix)

White Marble Case. Made by fabrix.

A photo posted by Ren Jinshen Ryu (@ryuworks) on

made by fabrix sent me one of their White Marble Snap Cases to try out, and like many of their other products, the Marble Snap Case for iPhone 6s+ (their naming) is a sleek, well-made snap-on plastic case with a white marble (there is also a black marble version available) look.

It doesn’t increase the heft of the iPhone 6s Plus by too much (unlike Spigen’s Ultra Hybrid, which I cannot really recommend) making the phablet 6s Plus still feel comfortable while holding it in one hand.

The White and Black Marble Snap Case is retailing for 22 USD at madebyfabrix.com.

The Singapore Apple Store’s location is finally confirmed

After a number of years of showing interest in opening an official Apple Store in Orchard Road, it is finally happening.

The Pure Group, owners of the Pure Fitness gym at Knightsbridge (also known as the Grand Park Orchard Hotel building, where the local Abercrombie & Fitch store is located), announced via an email to its members that;

…we, along with other tenants of the building, will be handling back space to the landlord to make way for the opening of Singapore’s first Apple Store later in 2016.

Obviously they leaked this because they are pissed that the landlord is forcing them out to make way for Apple.

Seriously, ANY LANDLORD will give the utmost priority for an Apple Store, so suck it, Pure Fitness.

Nevertheless, it is finally good to get some closure to the whole “Apple Store in Singapore” thing that had been going on since 2012.

Magic Trackpad 2 Unboxing

And here it is.

Four Years On

Thank you Steve.

iPhone 6s and 6s Plus headphone ports suffer from possible electrical noise interference

Well-known Youtuber and Headfier lachlanlikesathing discovers that the iPhone 6s and the 6s Plus suffers from bad design (likely from the additional of the taptic engine and the new pressure-sensing display unit) where the isolation of the headphone port from electrical noise is less than ideal – sensitive IEMs and headphones pick up audible buzzing during normal operation of the phones.

Below are the videos he has posted regarding the issue, and here is the thread on Head-fi discussing the issue.

ExFAT 1: Where is my Pink iPhone 6s Plus?

Daniel and I talk about tomorrow’s iPhone 6s launch, which model I am getting, as well as the new iPads. Dialogue mostly in chinese.

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Introducing ExFAT, my first ever podcast

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I have been preparing for this over the last decade. It might sound exaggerating, but it is really not a simple task to find someone who is willing to throw in money, and to spend his or her free time, to record something as trivial as a podcast.

Which is why I am truly glad that Daniel, one of my techie friends, is totally on board. After at least 10 people who promised me that they are interested and then disappear even before we recorded a single episode, it is telling that Daniel has already recorded more than 3 sessions with me, with each one spanning 2 hours or more, excluding the preparations.

It might be insignificant, there might be no listeners, we will almost definitely lose a lot of money doing this – but I am totally glad that I have done it, and will continue doing it for the foreseeable future.

Why a podcast?

Podcasts are my main source of audio entertainment on the go (other than music of course), and listening to them week in week out have just made my desire to produce a podcast myself stronger and stronger as the years go by. Besides, for a very short while some years back, I was invited to be part of another local tech podcast, one that I did not really enjoy due to the over-produced format of the show.

ExFAT is why I really want to do – just talking crap into a microphone without any kind of preparations whatsoever.

Why ExFAT?

There has been a trend in recent years for tech podcasts to have one-word names, and ExFAT has to be a name that techies have heard before – ExFAT is both Windows and Mac (even though it is a Microsoft file system, but that is exFAT, not ExFAT), and we are not only Apple – but usually Apple.

Both Daniel and myself are people well-versed in both the Windows, Apple, and Android worlds, and while we personally love Apple more than anything else (for good reason), we will like to talk about non-Apple stuff as well, be it Android phones or Windows updates, or even random stuff such as politics in Singapore.

How often?

The intro states that we will be producing once a month, but most likely it will be quite infrequent, with more shows when I have more free time, and lesser shows when I am busy with work. Daniel is still a student, so I believe we will not have shows when he is having his exams too.


When you subscribe, there will be three episodes in the feed, with one “Special” episode, one “Prelude” episode, and our episode 1 which we are releasing today.

Please do not listen to the special and prelude episodes. The prelude episode was recorded after our first failed recording, and it was so bad that the only reason why it is in the feed is to create the iTunes feed in the first place. And the special episode is one where we talked out of our arses about the GE which I hope no one listens to in case we get sued. So just please listen to episode 1 – Where is my Pink iPhone 6s?

You can subscribe to ExFAT in iTunes or manually in podcatchers using the RSS and iTunes links below, or you can just search for ExFAT in the most popular podcatchers such as Overcast and Pocket Casts and it will be there already.

Thanks all. Please do give feedback here or in the various episode posts in MacRyu.com.

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iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is launching on Friday 25th Sep 2015!

Have you preordered yours yet?

M1’s preorder is over.

Starhub’s preorder is on Monday 21st September, from 12pm to 6pm.


I haven’t secured my set yet. OMG.

Gawd help me.

I want my Rose Gold iPhone 6s Plus 128GB today.

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