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 you don’t get on with little in-ear headphones, you’ll be happy to see that it’s actually now quite fashionable to walk around with a nice big set of on-ear headphones. Sennheiser’s Momentum On-Ear is a classy set of headphones at a competitive, mid-range price. They’ve got the warm, detailed sound that I always like from Sennheiser, as well as a fi rm but well-balanced bass. They look good, too, are available in a variety of colours, with a sturdy metal headband, and are really comfortable padded earpieces. There’s also an ‘iRemote’ control cable included for your iOS devices, too.
16GB, £549; 32GB, £629; 64GB, £709
The iPhone 5s has one knockout feature that I really, really want. I get sick and tired of having to enter the password to unlock my iPhone, and the fi ngerprint sensor of the iPhone 5s is gradually wearing down my resistance – especially the shiny silver one. And if you’re thinking 2014 might be the year you fi nally switch to 4G, Apple’s new iPhones support a greater range of networks.
I’m a fi rm believer that you can’t go wrong with iTunes Vouchers, and if you decide to buy them from a high street store, it’s worth looking out for special offers – we’ve seen vouchers worth £20 sold for £15. You can also get them directly from iTunes or at Apple’s online store (tinyurl.com/c37rrne). You can also buy a voucher from within iTunes – open iTunes, click iTunes Store, find Send iTunes Gifts under QuickLinks, choose the price and delivery date. Vouchers can be used to purchase apps, books, music, movies and TV programmes from the iTunes Store.
If you fi nd yourself needing to carry around lots of data, then Axtremex’s Micro SSD is for you. It’s a tiny fl ash drive sporting up to 256GB of storage, all enclosed in a very palmable and tactile slim aluminium pebble. Outwardly it’s a simple object – 58g of satin-fi nished metal with a chamfered top, rounded corners, and a single Micro-USB 3.0 port. And because it measures just 73x38x9.5mm, it will easily fit in a coat pocket or bag.
2TB, £134; 3TB, £154
There are plenty of affordable NAS drives available for both home users and small businesses these days, but I like WD kit because the company always pay great attention to the Mac side of things. Its new My Cloud drive provides convenient network storage for your home or office, but the My Cloud app also allows you to set up your own ‘personal cloud’ so you can connect to it remotely from any Mac, PC or mobile device that has internet access. It’s currently available in 2TB and 3TB sizes.