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.
Orbitsound’s T12v3 soundbar has several technical improvements from its predecessor, the T12v2. Housed in a high-gloss unit and a metal speaker grille the T12v3 incorporates Obritsound’s patented ‘spatial stereo’ technology, designed to produce stereo sound from a single unit, and prevent users from needing to sit in a particular place in the room to hear the best sound.
These high-end in-ear headphones combine impressive sound quality with rugged, yet comfortable design to produce a high-quality set of buds that can handle a bit of rough treatment. Ideal for serious music lovers that spend a lot of time rushing about, and don’t have time to neatly fold their headphones to prevent tangles. They have a TapLine III remote and mic on the cable, too.
Blue Microphones Yeti Pro
This superb solution for digital recording looks like an old-fashioned radio microphone, but that’s where the resemblance ends. It connects to your Mac via USB, or there’s an analogue XLR output, making this flexible solution equally at home in a home or professional studio. Yeti Pro is not just for solo vocalists, it’s built to capture audio in almost any situation, with four recording modes.
DAZ 3D DAZ Studio 4 Pro
Save 15 per cent on DAZ Studio 4 Pro with the following coupon: DS4MWXMAS2011. (Offer ends 31 March 2012). Voted Software Innovation of the Year by a panel of leaders in the 3D industry, DAZ Studio 4 Professional is a brand new version of DAZ Studio. It includes everything in DAZ Studio 4 Advanced plus the Content Creator Toolkit and a host of other plug-ins and add-ons that will empower any 3D artist to bring their work to 3D games, real-time applications, animations, high-resolution art, and more.
Nikon Coolpix S9100
This sleek super-zoom compact from Nikon resembles an enthusiast’s compact, but handles like a point-and-shoot, with an 18x optical zoom. Shoot full HD video with stereo sound and HDMI connectivity, add fun effects filters, and get sharp results, even on maximum zoom. The Coolpix S9100 is supported by sensor shift anti-shake to avoid blur when shooting towards maximum zoom and in lower light. Perfect for a budding photographer, or for someone looking to upgrade their compact.
Audyssey Lower East Side Audio Dock Air
Stream music wirelessly throughout your home from a computer, iPod touch, iPhone or iPad, using the Lower East Side Audio Dock Air. The dock boasts fully integrated AirPlay, plus Audyssey’s Smart Speaker technology, which plays a deeper bass than anything else its size. Inspired by New York’s Lower East Side, this would be a gift appreciated by any hipster music lover.
Lexmark Genesis S815
This inkjet all-in-one printer has Flash Scan Technology, which can go from a one-page document to digital image in just three seconds. It also provides an Instant Preview on its 4.3in LCD touchscreen. You can print wirelessly, and there is an Eco Mode that lets you print on both sides of the paper.
HP Envy 114 e-All-in-one
Featuring a touchscreen that enables image viewing and uses gestures, an auto-extending output paper tray, and HP Auto Wireless Connect for easy printing, this printer is stylish and functional. The 114 is available in black exclusively from the Apple Store or there is a white version (the HP Envy 110 available elsewhere), both support AirPrint, so you can print direct from your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.