If history is anything to go by, Santa will be working overtime this year, delivering Apple kit to all the boys and girls (of all ages; if you’re listening, big guy, we’ve been very good and would love an iPad Air).
But beyond the realm of iPhones, iPads, Mac minis and iMacs, there are plenty of gadgets and accessories to make an Apple fan squeal with joy.
Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air
Despite what Microsoft would have you believe, most of the time a tablet really doesn’t need a physical keyboard. But for those times when it does, an iPad and a Logitech Ultrathin make perfect companions. The cover holds the iPad firmly in place, and the keyboard is almost full-size and a joy to type on. It also doubles as a sturdy screen protector that attaches via the magic of magnets. (The same cover also exists for older models of iPad.)
On the face of it, the Apple TV looks like a missed opportunity, referred to by Apple as a ‘hobby’ and lacking an App Store. Yet once you own one, you realise it’s a great purchase; along with providing access to the iTunes Store and iTunes Match, it also enables you to beam audio, video and games to a TV from any iOS device via AirPlay, or you can pull and live-encode video from a PC or Mac if you invest in Air Video or StreamToMe.
Twelve South Compass Stand
This stand may not be cheap but it sure does look good. It comes in two modes. When upright as an easel, it allows you to view your iPad in landscape mode which is perfect for media viewing. Flip out the secondary leg however, and now it turns your iPad into a handy workstation with the perfect angle for typing. The best part, it's totally portable. Just fold it up and it'll easily fit anywhere.
Speakers that attempt to do something different are often gimmicky failures, but the Libratone Zipp bucks the trend. Clothed in Italian wool, it looks fun and funky, but the unit also pumps out detailed, punchy sound. It’s possible to party like it’s 1999 and tether a device to the unit using cables, but wireless streaming over AirPlay’s a better bet.