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
If Father Christmas is being really generous, then you may be lucky enough to get the new Nikon Df. This high-end digital SLR has a retro style that borrows its looks from Nikon’s 35mm fi lm cameras. Boasting the same 16.2-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 3 image processor as Nikon’s fl agship D4 SLR, the Df provides stunning image quality. Plus, it’s compatible with a huge range of Nikon lenses, including the vintage non-AI NIKKOR lenses.
The AH-D600 headphones combine armchair comfort with fantastic sound quality. Indeed, they possess comfort levels that rise above lighter street-friendly designs. If you want a great taste of high-end head sound, then these will deliver with majestic and relaxed sound. They include an in-line Apple three-button remote, and the cable plugs into each earpiece with 3.5mm mono plugs. Also in the box is an even larger diameter and longer oxygen-free copper (OFC) audiophile cable for home use. A zipped nylon bag with carabiner is included, plus a gold-plated 1/4in plug adaptor.
Sphero 2.0 is the second-generation of Orbotix’s nifty robotic ball. It can be controlled wirelessly using an iPhone or iPad, and can roll at a maximum speed of seven feet per second, though, if you find it’s too fast you can turn down the speed in the dedicated Sphero app. We love the multicolour LEDs and the device’s colour changes depending on particular apps and actions, and you can temporarily change the colour to your favourite shade using the app. There are more than 25 Sphero apps to download from Apple’s App Store. Among our favourites are the Rolling Dead and Sharky augmented reality apps.
The Evoke F4 is a nice little DAB radio and wireless speaker, but it’s really the look of the thing that’s won us over. Clean, sleek and minimalist, but with an 1950s retro vibe at the same time, it’s a beautifully simple creation. Sound quality is decent, and if you have more than one Pure speaker in your home, you can easily build a multi-room system. Best of all, when you use it as an alarm clock, the curved bar at the top acts as an enormous off switch.
Perhaps it’s a little pricy for a Christmas gift, but why not treat yourself this year? Apple updated the MacBook Pro with Retina Display in October, adding Intel’s latest Haswell processors to the high-resolution laptops, which, combined with OS X Mavericks, means increased battery life. With fi ve models to choose from – ranging from the 13in 2.4GHz model to the 15in 2.3GHz model with Crystalwell – as well as numerous build-to-order options, you should be able to fi nd the perfect confi guration to suit your needs.