It’s been another memorable year for Apple and one packed with great releases. The company introduced the iPad 2, it updated the Mac mini, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iPod nano and iPod touch, released the iPhone 4S, and launched iOS 5 and iCloud.
The market in accessories for Apple products is also bigger than ever, which with Christmas coming up is great news. If you’re after the perfect gift to accompany your family and friends’ Apple devices look no further.
We’ve rounded up the best for each budget; from stocking fillers to more pricey gifts, for those of you looking for something really special.
Amazing audio and striking looks make these a great set of on-ear headphones that come from AKG’s Quincy Jones Signature line. It can be folded up flat for portability, and has an in-line remote which doubles as a microphone. There are three colour options: white, black or neon-green.
JBL’s OnBeat speaker dock looks and sounds great. Housed within its slick weave design are two Phoenix full-range transducers in a space only a few inches wider than an iPad in portrait orientation. A music lover with the need for better sound from their iPad will benefit from this impressive gift.
Elgato EyeTV Mobile
Elgato has launched the world’s first TV tuner for the iPad 2’s dock connector. The compact DTT/Freeview tuner connects directly to the dock connector. It receives the television signal from an aerial, so it doesn’t require an internet connection. The free EyeTV Mobile app provides a full range of TV viewing features including pause, rewind, and record. Ideal for telly addicts who are always on the move.
Here’s one for the artistic member of the family. Wacom’s Inkling is a ballpoint pen with a tracker built-in that records your strokes as you draw. It fits into a small portable box, and has been described as the ideal digital tool for artists who prefer real pens to digital substitutes. You can create layers, and turn your drawings into Photoshop and Illustrator files, among others.
Nuance Dragon Dictate
Dragon Dictate could become an invaluable study aid, with the potential to accurately recognise speech and commands and learn your unique vocabulary and creative style. This year, Nuance won the Macworld Award for Best Education Product, and this is certainly a handy gift for any student this Christmas.
Seagate GoFlex Cinema
Price: From £160
Designed with entertainment in mind, the GoFlex Cinema multimedia drive stores your media library. You can then connect it to a TV for full HD video. The side USB port allows you to drag and drop media files from a computer, camera or external hard drive. Easily expandable by swapping cartridges, the GoFlex Cinema is available in 1TB, 2TB or 3TB models. Seagate has also included a remote control for extra ease of use.
Watch movies and TV shows, and catch up with on demand services and other videos from the web on your HDTV, including BBC iPlayer and YouTube. Search apps, movies, TV and the web, plus play video, music, and photo files from any Mac on your home network and access any website via a full browser. With a striking design and remote control, the Boxee Box is a useful and stylish addition to the home.