With Apple producing so many iProducts, you probably don’t have to look hard to find an Apple fan-person in your life. If you know at least one, you might want an idea or two, for their iLife.
The first device in any iOwner’s arsenal is probably the iPhone, with Apple’s smartphone taking the world by storm. In this category, you’ll find cases galore, as well as a few others bits and bobs.
There are ordinary cases, and then there are cases that let you get a little more done. Otterbox’s Strada grabbed us earlier in the year with a firm build and a near cover, closing with a magnetic edge.
This is one of those cases that’s handy for anyone carrying an Opal card, or another transport card of sorts, because while the cover protects the screen, the inside of the cover can hold a card, too.
LifeProof FRE Power for iPhone 6
Easily our favourite iPhone battery case of the year, the FRE Power doesn’t just arrive with a battery for recharging your phone, but a degree of ruggedisation.
Yes, with this case, you can immerse your phone in water and have it return unscathed. Better, it still supports Touch ID’s fingerprint system, even though the screen and buttons remain protected.
Dog & Bone Removable Battery Case
Price: $125 for the case and $85 for the removable battery
One of the craziest ideas for the power case, Dog & Bone has developed a rather curious take on the concept with a replaceable battery.
The case is normally designed with a Qi wireless charging part, allowing you to wirelessly charge an iPhone with that section on, or you could just replace it altogether and bring the luxury of removable batteries to an iPhone 6 and 6S.
Belkin Car Power Valet
iPhone owners tend to like devices that match their device, the Belkin’s special edition Car Power Valet is kind of built with that in mind.
The device charger has been designed with iPhones in mind, and arrives with a single port for charging running at 2.4A to get the phone charged super fast.
There’s even a leather case, a stronger-than-normal braided cable, and a magnet so you can mount the cable in place.
Price: $129 for 32GB, $179 for 64GB
Keen to get your photos on and off the iPhone quickly? SanDisk’s iXpand makes it possible using an app and a small USB dongle that features its own battery.
When you plug the USB drive into a computer, the battery charges up, providing enough power for the Lightning port later on to be used with an iPhone or iPad.
This one never leaves our side, and it’s even how we get all the screenshots off our review iPhone and iPad for AppMonday!
Apple iPhone 6S
Price: from $1079
While we highly doubt anyone will buy an iPhone 6S for someone this holiday season, Apple’s iPhone 6S is easily one of the better phones of the year, bringing a 4.7 inch screen size, two new cameras, and 3D Touch technology to a smallish form factor.
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
Price: from $1229
One of our picks for phone of the year, the 6S Plus delivers all the same benefits as the 6S but it does so with a bigger screen and a bigger battery.
There aren’t many things you can buy an Apple Watch owner, but we’ve done some digging to find out what you can get.
Apple Watch strap
Price: from $79
So it turns out there aren’t a lot of options when it comes to buying accessories for an Apple Watch owner, but you can always get them a new strap.
Before you do, though, find out what sized watch they have, with small or large. The smaller Apple Watch uses a 38m strap while the larger sits at 42mm.
You can’t fit a 38mm to a 42mm, nor can you go the opposite way, so make sure you pick appropriately!
Twelve South HiRise
The least expensive way to make the Apple Watch charger look a little cooler and less, you know, basic, the Twelve South HiRise takes the charger everyone gets in the box and wires it up in a special case, allowing you to charge the watch standing up and facing the world.
Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock
Apple’s take on the Watch dock isn’t just to let people go with the accessory their shiny gadget comes with, because they can always buy something to leave on the nightstand at home and use that other one on the road.
Released only recently, the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock is pretty much exactly what it says: a charging dock with a small magnet made for an Apple Watch.
Sure, it’s not a complicated present, but at least it’s a semi-helpful one.
Belkin Charge Dock for Apple Watch and iPhone
Without doubt the best of the docks we’ve seen for the Apple Watch, Belkin’s Charge Dock delivers everything you want in an Apple Watch charger, with the ability to charge both an iPhone and an Apple Watch in one hit.
It’s also shiny, solid, and chrome, because these things apparently matter.
Price: from $500
And then there’s the Apple Watch itself, which ranges in price from $500 to, well, how much money do you have?
Depending on how much you like the person, this could be the fanciest gadget you’ll buy this holiday season.
Finally, there’s the iPad, and the one of the world’s most popular tablets has some pretty awesome accessories available.
Price: $80 to $90
Fancy a stylus for your iPad drawing that feels like a pencil?
The makers of the hit “Paper” app might have one that fits the bill, with a wide stylus made from wood and supporting Bluetooth, while bringing a magnet into the design so the Pencil sits nicely on the side of an iPad.
Logitech’s change to “Logi” was a bit of a surprise this year, but so was its creative take on the iPad case, which wasn’t to slim down, but rather to thicken up, making a large plastic exterior that makes the iPad look different and feel solid.
This is one of those cases worth looking into if you fancy something that looks like it’ll go the distance.
Incipio ClamCase Pro
Our favourite of the keyboard cases this year, the Incipit-owned ClamCase Pro basically turns the iPad Air 2 into a full on laptop, just without a mouse.
The hinge on the keyboard case is one of those 360 degree varieties, so you can still use the iPad like a tablet if need be, but if you prefer to type — and you love to do so — this offers one of the most laptop-like experiences we’ve felt on a tablet to date.
Apple iPad Mini 4
Price: from $569
Updated this year, Apple’s take on the smaller tablet now offers much the same technology as its big brother, but encased in a smaller body.
This is one of those devices that will be super handy for anyone who wants an iPad Air 2, but isn’t sure the bigger almost ten-inch-size is ideal for them, with the iPad Mini 4 sitting pretty at 7.9 inches.
Apple iPad Air 2
Price: from $699
It may well be a year old, but Apple’s iPad Air 2 is still one of the best tablets around, delivering solid specs, a fantastic screen, and a build quality that will make you wonder why more things aren’t made with this amount of precision and care.