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.
Elipson Music Center
Compatible with iPhones, iPads, laptops and desktop computers, as well as other MP3 players and USB devices, the Elipson Music Center’s brushed-aluminium finish looks stylish and modern, and will fit in any living space. Designed to partner with Elipson’s Planet L loudspeakers, the Music Center also boasts an integrated CD player, DAB/DAB+/FM RDS tuner, and two RCA analogue and optical inputs. You can listen to music wirelessly from compatible devices without losing sound quality, and control the Music Centre using the touch-screen LED display, or with the included remote control.
Geneva Sound Model M
This stylish sound system provides a home for your iPhone or iPod, while pumping your music through its impressive integrated speaker system. It is encased in a piano-lacquered wooden cabinet, and is available in red, white or black. The Model M also inlcudes an alarm clock, showing the time on an LED display that shines through the metal grille on the front of the system and digital radio tuner. When playing music, the display indicates the volume, source, track or frequency. The sound system can also play music from external devices, and comes with a handy remote control.
This state-of-the art interactive pen display from Wacom is designed for professionals working in 3D design, animation, game development, industrial design and visual effects. It sports a huge, 24in widescreen display, 10 ExpressKeys for easy access to your most used functions, two Touch Rings, and a new stand that allows artists to work in a comfortable position similar to a drafting table.
Nikon 1 J1
Price: From £549.00
Nikon’s new compact system camera with interchangeable lenses is designed to make shooting great quality images and videos easy, while maintaining portability and speed. The camera features a Motion Snapshot mode, continuous shooting modes, and Smart Photo Selector, plus a built-in flash. The Nikon 1 J1 is available in white, silver, red, pink or black, and has several lens kit options to choose from including a zoom kit and a wide-angle kit.
Canon EOS 600D
Price: £679 (body only)
Boasting an 18-megapixel sensor and 1080p video capture, the EOS 600D is small and light for a DSLR. A 3in fold-out LCD screen offers extremely wide videoing angles, great brightness and good colour saturation, and it’s fantastically sturdy. It offers good high-ISO performance and Full HD video. Plus, the EOS 600D can apply a range of filters to whatever you’ve shot – from fish-eye to soft focus.
Price: From £878
This music centre, which Libratone describes as ‘audio furniture’, is designed to provide quality sound for all your audio needs. It’s compatible with AirPlay, and uses the same FullRoom technology as the Live and the Beat. Ideal for larger rooms, the Lounge is available in five colours to fit your interior design style.