Is your household an Apple household? Or would it like to become one? Xmas is a fine time to start the shift, and enhance life’s Appleness, with a well chosen gift. As always, Gadget Guy is here to help with some of the most interesting Applish developments and products from the past few months.
The great news is that there have been some doozies!
iPhone 7 – $1079 to $1379
It kind of looks the same, you may think, as the iPhone 6s and even the iPhone 6, so why bother?
Well, there has been quite a bit of subtle stuff happening in there, behind the façade. Even including the façade, since the HD Retina screen has been enhanced with a wider range of colours, now conforming the P3 digital cinema standard. The camera now captures twelve megapixels and 4K video. The storage can be as high as 128GB (the different prices reflect the different amounts of storage). The processor is faster and smarter, allowing better battery life and higher performance.
And it even comes with an adaptor to overcome the loss of the 3.5mm headphone socket.
Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar – $59.95
The problem with using the headphone adaptor on the iPhone 7 is that it plugs into the Lightning port, which means you can’t charge your phone while you’re using it. But Belkin promptly came to the rescue with this very useful stocking filler: the Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar.
Essentially it’s a double adaptor for the Lightning port. It plugs into the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus’s port, and has two Lightning ports of its own. Then you plug the power into one and the headphone adaptor into the other. It should work with earlier models as well.
Apple AirPods – $229
Of course, iPhone users can skip the hole wired thing completely by using Apple’s new AirPods wireless earphones. There are lots of wireless earphones, so why choose Apple’s? They are not, after all, a particularly inexpensive option.
Integration is the word we’d use. They work extremely well in the Apple world (and won’t, Apple tells us, work at all with non-Apple devices). Pairing is just a matter of holding them near your iPhone, and once paired, they’ll immediately work with all the other devices attached to your Apple iCloud account.