Watch the team from Macworld UK unwrap this Christmas season's must have tech gifts!
Apple will be giving away free apps, music, movies and more in the 12 Days of Christmas/12 Days of Gifts promotion
2TB, £249; 3TB, £349
It’s difficult to justify spending this much on a network storage drive, especially when you can buy one with a similar amount of storage for half the price. So why choose the Time Capsule? Apple’s easy-to-use backup device uses the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard and makes use of a feature called ‘beamforming’. This enables the device to precisely locate other 802.11ac devices and to boost the signal strength in that specific direction. If you have a dead spot or an area where the Wi-Fi signal is weak and unreliable in your house or office, the new Time Capsule should produce a stronger signal. You won’t experience the full advantage of the new Time Capsule if you don’t have a Mac with 802.11ac built in, though.
If you tend to stay up late watching movies or playing computer games, disturbing your sleeping partner, then you might consider the i60 headset. Offering 7.1 and 5.1 Channel DTS surround sound, they’re perfect for onscreen entertainment. Not only that, but you can answer calls from an iOS device without having to disconnect the headset from your Mac. A single tap on the left earcup answers a phone call, while a double-tap activates Siri. A hidden microphone captures your voice using noise-filtering technology.
The Shine is an activity tracker that stands out because it actually looks like something you’d want to be seen wearing. Whereas other trackers we’ve seen have been crafted from plastic and look a bit geeky, this device is a stylish metal disc that you can clip to your belt or wear on your wrist. It tracks cycling, swimming, tennis, basketball and football, as well as your steps and sleep patterns.
£449 with 18-55mm lens
I love my Canon EOS 550D, but I sometimes wish it wasn’t quite so bulky and heavy. The appeal of a compact system camera (CSC) is that you get all the functionality and creative control of an SLR, but a smaller and lighter device. The EOS M offers compatibility with over 70 Canon EF lenses via an adaptor, and incorporates an 18-megapixel APS-C sensor, Raw and JPEG capture, and full HD video with stereo sound. It’s also one of the smallest CSC’s on the market.
Sometimes I want to be able to print directly from my iPad. My printer is still going strong but it isn’t AirPrint compatible, which is where the Canon Pixma MG7150 comes in. We love the design, a white-cased, six-ink unit that can print, copy and scan. The inks are housed separately, so you can remove each individually, rather than replacing the lot if one runs out. There’s also a memory card slot, so you can print photos directly.