2017 AP­PLE gift GUIDE

Per­fect Yule­tide gifts for any Ap­ple fan, or maybe even your­self…

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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!

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