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.
Philips Fidelio DS9000
Philips’ Fidelio DS9000 docking speaker is made with natural wood, for use with your iPod, iPhone or iPad. The curved back has been carefully designed to create an effective acoustic structure, and reduce distortion for high sound fidelity. It even has a proximity sensor for added wow factor, which means when you walk away from the illuminated functional buttons on the dock, they will automatically dim, and vice versa.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20
The Lumix DMC-TZ20 is a full-featured and reliable 14.1-megapixel camera with a 16x optical zoom. It also features GPS geotagging with coordinates automatically embedded in the image file’s Exif data. It packs the latest must-haves like 3D mode and Full HD video with stereo sound. For more hands-on photographers, the TZ20 offers program, shutter priority, aperture priority and manual modes.
Wacom’s Intuos4 Wireless graphics tablets means freedom to move with Bluetooth wireless operation. The pen boasts 2,048 level pressure sensitivity, and the navigation wheel is iPod-like, and gives a great degree of control. It has an embedded OLED display to keep you informed of your tablets current settings. Plus, the Intuos4 Wireless comes bundled with Autodesk SketchBook Express, Corel SketchPad and Adobe Photoshop Elements.
Recording to removable Memory Stick or SD flash, the CX130’s 16GB capacity is expandable and future-proofed. The Full HD camcorder has a flip-out touchscreen LCD screen. There’s also HDMI, USB and AV output. The CX130 is available in either red or black.
LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Hard Drive
LaCie’s latest Little Big Disk is built with the Thunderbolt technology Apple added to many of its new products this year. If you have a recent Mac with Thunderbolt, especially a MacBook Air, then the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt is the least expensive, smallest Thunderbolt drive – and fastest portable hard drive – currently available. Two ports on the back of the device mean that you can connect multiple Thunderbolt peripherals to your computer using Apple’s Thunderbolt cable. Plus, it’s made from aluminium so it’s really light, and has a cooling system to ensure your files are safe.
The Play:5 carries five speakers (hence the name). To control playback, you use the free Sonos Controller apps available for most devices, including Mac, iPhone and iPad. Using these, you can use the Play:5 to play music streamed from your iTunes music library, internet radio and content from services such as Napster and Spotify.
The Play:5 can be supplemented with additional units (including the less expensive Play:3) that play simultaneously to form additional speaker sets or they can be used as individual players serving up different content in different rooms of the house.