Christmas 2019 is approaching fast, but if you haven't finished your festive shopping yet don't worry. We know how difficult it can be to find the perfect gift for everyone, so in this article we've rounded up the best Apple-related tech presents we've seen.
It's been a busy year for Apple, which has launched new iMacs, new MacBooks, three iPads, three iPhones, two sets of AirPods and the Apple Watch Series 5 - and that's without even mentioning the raft of compatible accessories launched by third parties. Read on for our top picks of Apple and Apple-related gifts for the most important (and tech-loving) people in your life this Christmas.
And if you're looking for film ideas at this time of year, have a gander at our roundup of the best Christmas movies on iTunes.
Apple has taken two swings at improving the AirPods formula this year, but we're reliably (if predictably) informed that the Pro models are the ones that will be on everyone's Christmas list. They take a smash-hit product and improve fit, comfort, and sound quality while adding a decent active noise reduction system and great transparency mode.
Read our AirPods Pro review for more information.
Read our full AirPods Pro review
Sonos was the first company to really popularise multi-room speaker systems, and it was also the first to add smart voice technology to them. The firm later released a software update that adds support for AirPlay 2: it's now compatible with Apple's HomePod and allows you to stream music and audio from any app on your Mac computers or iOS mobile devices.
The One, which ranks top of our roundup of the best AirPlay speakers, produces a bigger, better sound than you have any right to expect from a speaker that stands just 162mm tall: it's perfectly capable of filling a medium-size room with sound, and its power is matched by clarity.
Of course, Apple fans may prefer to go full Cupertino and plump for the HomePod, but we think this is a better choice for the money.
RHA MA650i with Lightning
All of the current iPhones and the most recent iPad Pros launched without a headphone port. But you can still listen to your favourite music with the RHA MA650i, which currently ranks top of our roundup of the best Lightning headphones.
The MA650i headphones look and feel rather premium thanks to the domed aluminium build and nice metal touches on the connector and in-line control panel. The cable is also braided fabric until it splits off to each earbud. The in-line control means you can do the usual stuff but also interact with Siri using the microphone.
These are lightweight and provide a comfortable fit, especially if you use the double flange or Comply Foam ear tips. Both result in excellent noise isolation and there are eight different tips to choose from so you'll find some that fit your ears. And sound quality is very impressive for the price.
Okay, so this is pretty extravagant as far as Christmas presents go. But we've deliberately chosen the iPhone which we feel currently offers the best pure value. (We'd recommend that you steer clear of the cheaper iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, which have old chips and have less useful life ahead of them.)
The XR got a price cut when the 11 and 11 Pro arrived this autumn, and while £629/$599 could never be described as cheap, this is one of Apple's desirable notched-screen handsets we're talking about, with a big 6.1in display and Face ID facial recognition. You also get the still-powerful A12 Bionic chip.
For advice on Apple's full range, take a look at our best iPhone buying guide.
Choetech Dual Fast Wireless Charger
If you're looking for something to buy for a loved one that has the iPhone 11 or 11 Pro (or an older handset, going back as far as the 8/8 Plus and X), a wireless charger could be perfect. A wireless charger is a bit of a luxury, so they can make a great gift that won't break the bank.
Apple recommends the Belkin Boost Up but our charger of choice is the Choetech Dual, which can support two Qi-compatible iPhones at their full 7.5W. It's sleek in design, with a grippy meshed top surface and vents to aid heat dissipation.
Read our roundup of the best wireless iPhone chargers for more advice.
Razer Arctech Pro
How about a new iPhone case? There are so many options available that there's bound to be something to suit whoever you're buying for, whatever their tastes and your budget.
We have round-ups of cases for every iPhone, which you can find listed below, but our go-to places to look for iPhone cases that are perfect for gifts are Proporta and Casetify. Both firms make great-looking, reliable cases.
Bamboo Fineline 3
iPad users in search for a stylus will naturally veer towards the Apple Pencil, which is a fine device. But there are plenty of excellent alternatives available at a far lower price.
In our view the Wacom Bamboo Stylus Fineline 3 is the one to get if you're looking for a great iPad stylus for writing notes or for general handwriting. It connects via Bluetooth and is supported by a range of apps.
The key advantage, however, is the Fineline's terrific palm rejection. While it's not as easy to set up as the Apple Pencil, it's a great alternative if you're looking to sketch and take notes.
Casetify Apple Watch Bands
If you know someone with an Apple Watch then a new strap to give it a stylish upgrade could be just what you're looking for.
We have a whole round-up of the best Apple Watch straps (which fit this year's Series 5 models but go back to the 38mm and 42mm sizes from 2017 and earlier). If you're looking for a quick recommendation, however, and as with the iPhone cases, we've always found Casetify's watch straps to be nice and affordable.
Nanoleaf Light Panels Starter Kit
We love the Nanoleaf Aurora Lighting Smarter Kit, which works with Apple HomeKit to allow you to control the lights and their colours from an iPhone or iPad.
You'll get a set of connected, Wi-Fi-enabled wall-mounted light panels that can be used to set a variety of different patterns and sequences, whatever takes your fancy.
It's one of the most stylish smart lights around and could make the perfect gift for just about anyone.
You'll find more smart gadgets in our roundup of the best smart lights for Apple Home.
The latest addition to Apple's tablet army is a powerful statement. Apart from a few Pro-only privileges such as a laminated display and ProMotion, the lowest-priced iPad now has pretty much all the features you could ask for.
We wouldn't recommend upgrading to this model from the 2018 iPad, but if your loved one hasn't yet dipped their toe in the iPad waters, now is a great time to plunge in. Read our iPad 10.2in review for more information.
Sphero Ultimate Lightning McQueen
Sphero's app-controlled toys are better than ever this Christmas, with amazing robots ranging from an R2-D2 Droid to the Lightning McQueen car shown here.
You'll find that they are incredibly well made and so much fun to play with, making the perfect gift for kids and adults alike.
Rotor Riot Wired Game Controller
Know an avid mobile gamer? You could make their experience a whole lot better by buying them a hardware controller for their iPhone or iPad. This is particularly true if they're a subscriber to Apple Arcade, which offers a huge number of controller-compatible games.
Our current favourite is this model from Rotor Riot - and don't be put off by that word 'wired'. A handy iPhone holder can be screwed to the top of the controller, so (assuming you're playing a game in landscape) the two items would be tethered together anyway, and you're still free to wander about the place while smashing bad guys in Oceanhorn 2.
The wire also means battery worries are a thing of the past, and the buttons and analogue joysticks are pleasingly robust.
EasyAcc 20000mAh Power Bank
A power bank can be a great gift for an iPhone owner, particularly if their iPhone is an older model as the batteries tend to get a little weary after a few years.
We like this EasyAcc power bank, which should be able to charge your phone more than five times meaning you can be away from power for a few days without worrying. Plus, it's capable of charging up to four devices at once, and even comes with a little torch.
The EasyAcc currently occupies second place in our roundup of the best iPhone power banks and is an excellent-value choice; if your budget stretches a little further, however, consider the Moshi IonBank 3K, which sits at the top of that article.
littleBits Droid Inventor Kit
Equally fun but also educational is the LittleBits Droid Inventor Kit, which encourages kids to learn how to create circuits and will lead them to create an app-controlled Droid of their very own.
LittleBits also makes additional kits that'll let your kids invent much more and really get creative. You can see the whole range of kits here.