MacBook Pro – $2199 to $4249
Sometimes we fear we’re a little obsessive about iPhones to the point of not giving due weight to Apple’s computers. These were, after all, the original basis of the company. The last couple of months have seen the rollout of Apple’s latest MacBook Pro range, which are thinner, lighter, brighter and more powerful than the previous models.
Most models feature the new “Touch Bar”, a new interface element which adapts to the software and job at hand. All have moved fully over to an exclusive implementation of USB Type C for connectivity. This includes Thunderbolt support.
Read all about it here, and come back in a few days for our review of the 13 inch “entry level” MacBook Pro.
Smart:)things sDock – $499 to $649
Remember not too many years ago when waiters and waitresses would take your order by tapping selections on some chunky hand-held device? And then, seemingly overnight, everyone switched to off the shelf devices – usually Apple iOS devices. Much much cheaper, and much more effective.
These days an Apple iPad or iPhone needn’t be just a general purpose device. They can be dedicated smart home controllers or manage multiroom audio systems. In that role, having a specific place for the device is useful. That’s where the sDock comes in. A wall mounted device, it charges the Apple unit and holds it in a stylish manner.
And it’s secure, not just against falling off but against visitors who might want to take off with the device.
Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones — $399.95
In ear, over ear, on ear … what’s your gift recipient’s preference for personal audio? If it’s on ear, then the Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones are an excellent way to go for those who live in an Apple world. Apple took over the brand a couple of years ago and did two very special things with its lineup.
First, it made them work very effectively with Apple devices (simple pairing, shared details with other Apple devices on the same iCloud account). Second, it made them sound good, something which had been missing previously from Beats.
And they still look as good as Beats headphones always have, with a wide colour range.
Belkin Valet Charger Power Pack – $149.95