2017 APPLE gift GUIDE
Perfect Yuletide gifts for any Apple fan, or maybe even yourself…
1. Apple TV apple.com/uk From £139
Apple TV brings home entertainment into the app age. Easily find what you want to watch with the Siri Remote, which includes voice search and swipe-based navigation. Stream movies and TV shows, and download great apps and games.
2. AirPods apple.com/uk £159
Apple’s wireless in-ear headphones pair just by being placed near your iPhone, and their carry case has its own battery to charge them on the go. The built-in microphones efficiently pick out your voice from background noise – great for Siri.
3. iPhone Smart Battery Case apple. com/uk £99
Don’t worry about your iPhone 6s or 7 dying. This case’s soft inner lining prevents scratches, and the bulge actually makes it grippy. iOS integration puts the charge status on the iPhone’s Lock screen.
4. Lightning Dock apple.com/uk From £39
Want to charge your iPhone 7 while listening to music using wired headphones? This dock provides power to the phone, and audio output via a 3.5mm port on the rear. It’s available in six finishes and works with iPhone 5 or newer.
6. Transcend JetDrive Lite 360 256GB uk.transcend-info.com £140
This boosts a (2013, 2014 or 2015) 15-inch MacBook Pro’s storage and fits neatly in its SD card slot. The device’s impressive transfer rates are good for backing up your data on the move when you’re unable to get online.
7. D-Link DAP-1365 N-300 Wi-Fi extender dlink.com/uk £25
If you struggle to get a stable Wi-Fi connection in some parts of your home, this is the answer. It’ll boost your signal to all corners of your home and even the garden, too. It delivers in spades at an affordable price.
8. Matias Tactile Pro 3 USB keyboard and hub matias.ca £138
Miss the days of serious keyboards? The clicky keys of the old Apple Extended Keyboard II are considered by many to be the best ever. Well, this keyboard uses the same switches, making it feel just like that one.
9. Satechi USB Type-C to Type-A adaptor satechi.net £8
If you know someone with a 12-inch MacBook, get them this so they can connect an older USB-A device, such as a flash drive or printer. It fits on a key ring, is affordable, and is available in three colours (not Rose Gold).
10. Master & Dynamic ME05 headphones masterdynamic.co.uk £138
The ME05s blew away the competition in our in-ear headphones group test, scoring five stars in all categories. The design is light, comfortable and well thought out, and the sound output is rich, full and enveloping.
11. ExoLens Zeiss iPhone lens kit range exolens.com £200
Ideal for iPhoneography lovers. The iconic Zeiss brand comes to iPhone, combining excellent lens quality with a case that can be attached to a flash and a tripod to give you more options when you want to take some shots.
12. Tile Slim wallet tracker thetileapp.com £30
Tile Slim is as thin as two credit cards, so can slip it in your wallet with ease, making it easy to track its whereabouts. Its loud alarm and regularly updated app mean you may you never lose your wallet again.
13. Uprosa iPhone cases uprosa.com £20
Who wants a boring old iPhone case? Uprosa cases are anything but. They are available in dozens of designs that feature images captured on microscopes by actual scientists. Each comes with its pic’s backstory.
14. JETech Leather Loop strap band ijetech.com From $19 (about £16)
Get a leather Watch strap for less than Apple’s cost. This looks amazingly like Apple’s own Leather Loop magnetic bands, yet at a fraction of the price. JETech has other bands too, from Milanese Loops to steel links and more.
15. Apple Watch Milanese Loop apple.com/uk £149
Our favourite Apple Watch band looks very classy and is perfect for formal events or meals out with friends. It’s also much more adjustable than most other Watch straps for a comfortable fit on almost any wrist.
16. Apple Watch Sports Band apple.com/uk £49
Give your Apple Watch a new look. Apple’s Sports Bands feel great, come in a wide range of colours, look smart, and aren’t too expensive. We really like the Product Red model (pictured), which helps to fund AIDS research.
17. Kanex GoPower for Apple Watch kanex.com £81
The GoPower has an integrated battery and an Apple Watch charger on its top surface, plus a USB port. Kanex claims it’ll charge your Watch six times over. It can charge your Watch and iPhone together.
18. Edifier R1700BT edifier.com £131
If you like listening to music at your desk, this speaker set from Edifier sounds excellent for its price, providing rich, smooth audio. The units are made with real wood, and can connect using Bluetooth, so there are no messy extra cables.
19. New Mac Soy Candle twelvesouth.com $24 (about £20)
This candle from Twelve South replicates the ‘new Mac smell’ you get when you open the box of a fresh-from-the-factory Apple product. Well, it’s cheaper than buying a new Mac, after all! Great, for true Mac obsessives.
20. Olympus TG-Tracker olympus.co.uk £274
The TG-Tracker is a break from the normal action cam fare with its bright and bold design. 4K video recording, ease of use, great performance and a rugged case make this a great choice for any action enthusiast.
21. NanoLeaf Aurora nanoleaf.me £180
We’re in love with these cool, futuristic Smarter Kit lights. The panels fit together in any pattern, from a simple hexagon to a sprawling line. They work with HomeKit and Siri, and are easy to control from the Home app or Control Centre.
22. LittleBits littlebits.cc From $100 (about £82)
Want to encourage some engineering creativity in kids? These are fantastic: colour-coded electrical parts that click together like Lego bricks, making it easy to build complex devices with sensors, speakers, switches, lights and motors!
23. SteelSeries Nimbus steelseries.com £43
Know someone who loves iOS or Apple TV games? This gamepad works with all of them, enabling console-style control of compatible games. It’s really very comfortable to use, and well made to boot.
24. Iconic Book iconicbook.com £32
This coffee table book by Jonathan Zufi is packed with original photos of Apple products from the last 40 years, including pictures of some rare prototypes and very limited release products. It’s an essential gift for any serious Apple fan.
25. Susan Kare print kareprints.com From $99 (about £81)
Here’s one for all the old-school Apple lovers: large, modern prints of designs by the original Macintosh icon designer, Susan Kare (who also made a 20th anniversary icon for MacFormat). The designs are striking – it’s hard to choose just one!