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Junior Joanna Peng’s Room is Ripe with Apple Products from Seed to Macintosh

In the softly lit ambiance of junior Joanna Peng’s room, a corner dazzles with the presence of 40 meticulously arranged Apple products on a display case. An Apple TV, iPhone, AirPods, MacBooks and AirPods stand as a physical reminder to Peng’s journey, which began when Peng was eight years old. Rather than merely focusing on gadgets, this collection embodies Peng’s passion for Apple’s innovative world, reflecting the evolution of technology.

“I started [my collection] because my family is a big Apple fan,” Peng said. “When I grew up, I loved to just collect different colors and different types from every year. So I started buying iPad, iPod phones, and I have Apple TV, and then MacBooks and MacBook Air. It’s just been very fun. I’ve used these products and they’re very helpful to me. And since I draw, I also use an Apple Pencil. They just helped me to be productive, and I just enjoy using them.”

While Peng’s collection consists of multiple iPhones including the latest iPhone 15, the release of the iPhone 7 was particularly noteworthy for Peng. While at the park, Peng started taking pictures of her 2-year-old sister with the iPhone 7, where she discovered the new live feature.

“I think that’s when photos came to life. I just really love the feature and how it just made my sister’s still photo into a live one,” Peng said. “Even in recent days, I use it to capture my family, my parents and my friends, and when I scroll through my camera roll, they’re actually laughing at me and moving.”

Apple products may come with a high price tag, but Peng believes the quality is worth the money. In fact, other than an annual gifted Apple device from her parents, she funds her collection herself through money collected from tutoring or celebrations, such as birthdays and Lunar New Year.

“It’s just very fun to see how technology is evolving bit by bit for me, but I also understand how the majority of people buy technology products for convenience in life and to actually use some instead of for a collection,” Peng said. “I respect them, but it is my personal interest to see how technology evolves, and it’s just very fun and inspiring.”

Peng’s drive to collect Apple products is intertwined with her admiration for Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple. Peng learned that Jobs’ perfectionism influenced Apple’s products and was inspired to see someone with similar qualities becoming a successful innovator after reading Steve Jobs. Peng channels Jobs’ spirit of continuous improvement into her own endeavors, including her pursuit of computer science and her participation in an Apple competition.

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Kayleen Kim, Managing Editor
Kayleen Kim is the managing editor for her third and final year on the Portola Pilot. This year, she'll aim to make her final interactions with the team special by tackling the complicated challenges of Wordpress and consistently bothering staff about their deadlines. She enjoys podcasting, coming up with fresh lines for her novel, practicing the cello, and giving her dog, Tofu <3, plenty of kisses when she's not quietly dancing to Jam Republic’s or Bada Lee’s choreographies at 3 a.m.
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Kelly Yeh is a staff writer for her first year on the Portola Pilot. This year, she is thrilled to share inspiring and captivating stories with her fellow Bulldogs through her work. When she is not busy stressing over school deadlines or annoying her dog, you can find her obsessing over new shows, adding to her Spotify playlists, or finding new cafes to study at with friends.
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