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.
Just Mobile Slide
The Slide from Just Mobile is a smart iPad stand that any iPad owner who needs adjustable angles for typing, FaceTime, or watching films will love. It consists of an aluminium platform with a tubular compartment, out of which slides a heavy black tube. Place your iPad 1 or 2 on the platform with the tube behind it, and it forms a height adjustable stand – just roll the tube back and forth to adjust the height.
Speck SeeThru case for MacBook
Speck’s MacBook cases provide stylish protection for your precious MacBook. There are two styles for you to choose from – SeeThru and SeeThru SATIN. If your gift is for a MacBook Air owner, there’s a choice of nine colours. For those with a MacBook Pro, there are 15 colour options to choose from. With such a huge choice, there’s bound to be one to suit everyone in the family.
Denon’s AH-C360s offer a sizeable step up in audio quality from most headphones handed out with smartphones. Lightweight but sturdy and durable, they come with an extension cable if you prefer more space between the device and your ears. Also included is a handy clip to attach the Denons to your shirt. They offer a comfortable fit and have good sound quality, especially considering the price.
Pipetto Hunter Wanderer iPhone 4 Flip Case
Made from premium water-resistant materials, traditional tartan lining and Italian leather trim, your iPhone 4/4S will be stylishly protected from bumps and scratches. A snug fit ensures that your iPhone won’t fall from the case, and a protective locking closure should leave you feeling confident that your iPhone is safe and sound.
This portable music creation platform for iPhone and iPod touch is the perfect gift for anyone who wants to be able to create music anywhere they go. Download the free PocketLoops app to enhance this gift, and even the not so talented among us will enjoy creating beats and loops, and remixing them to create full tracks to share with friends.
Wacom’s Bamboo Stylus for iPad is designed for precise artwork and note taking on Apple’s popular tablet device. A new colour range with five colours to match Apple’s Smart Cover range is now available, as well as the original black-and-silver design. The Bamboo Stylus is perfectly balanced in your hand, and is as slim as a ballpoint pen. Compatible with all media tablets, it uses the same capacitive touch technology as the iPad, and comes with a useful, exchangeable pen nib.
Price: From £39.99
Three’s MiFi means wireless internet whenever you are. The dongle works with up to five WiFi-enabled devices, so you can, for example, connect to the internet on your WiFi-only iPad on the train. The dongle slips into a pocket, and you can choose to pay monthly or purchase a pay-as-you-go MiFi.
Giant Sparrows Personalised Cases
Add that personal touch to your gift this Christmas. Using print-on-demand, Giant Sparrows lets you personalise an iPhone 4 case. You can select and customise imagery from the world of art and design, or provide your own photo to be printed onto a shatterproof case. 3D Etch printing means that the photo becomes part of the case itself, resulting in a high-quality image that won’t fade or peel.