Guide: Giving A Gift Of Apple This Christmas - 2019

And kind of a recap of the best gadgets from Apple this year.

Apple had launched a number of products this year that are absolutely worthy of attention. As Christmas is upon us, we compiled a list of what we consider as the best Apple products you can buy at the end of 2019.

iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max

Look at those colors.

The iPhone 11 series is Apple's latest smartphones launched last September and features tremendous tech in both software and hardware. You can read up on why I actually switched from Android to the iPhone here

Three variations are available, all with varying display sizes. The iPhone 11's color options are a tad softer and younger, while the Pro and Pro Max versions are more mature and sophisticated - somewhat conveying more heft in their technologies.

All versions are pretty beastly when it comes to photography and videography, and even our offices had been using the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro exclusively for shooting videos and taking photographs. 

Any iPhone fan would scream to receive this for Christmas, so if you have the budget, go for it. 

Buy the iPhone 11 right here: https://www.apple.com/my/shop/buy-iphone/iphone-11 

Buy the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max here: https://www.apple.com/my/shop/buy-iphone/iphone-11-pro

Moreover, the official iPhone 11 series cases come in a myriad of colors, materials, and types, making them a great choice as gifts to those who already own an iPhone 11, 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max. 

The leather case provides a premium and fashionable feel and look, but is only available for the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. Conversely, the silicone and clear cases are available for all three variants. Check them out here: https://www.apple.com/my/shop/iphone/iphone-accessories/cases-protection

Watch Series 3, Series 5 and Series 5 Nike Edition

As of our current knowledge, the Apple Watch is the best smartwatch of all time. The controls and UI are fluid, and the display is as best as you would get on a smartwatch in this concurrent period. The band is also swappable, allowing for a good number of customization. 

The Apple Watch Series 3 comes in two sizes, which are 38mm and 42mm. Additionally, there are two configuration options for GPS only or GPS + Cellular

The Apple Watch Series 5 and Series 5 Nike Edition similarly has two sizes at 40mm and 44mm, as well as two configurations options for GPS only or GPS + Cellular

The Nike Edition if you're curious, has exclusive watch faces and unique bands namely the Nike Sport Band and the reflective Nike Sport Loop.

Up to this point, you can get the Apple Watch Series 3 from RM849 onwards while the Apple Watch Series 5 and the Series 5 Nike Edition retail from RM1749 onwards.

Buy the Apple Watch Series 3 here: https://www.apple.com/my/shop/buy-watch/apple-watch-series-3

Buy the Apple Watch Series 5 here: https://www.apple.com/my/shop/buy-watch/apple-watch

Lastly, the Apple Watch Series 5 Nike Edition can be purchased via here: https://www.apple.com/my/apple-watch-nike/

Even the Apple Watch bands can be a great standalone gift for existing owners of the Apple Watch Series 3 or Series 5. There are four types of bands based on their respective material namely Sport Loop, Sport Band, Leather, and Stainless Steel. To find the right one, go here: https://www.apple.com/my/shop/watch/bands

The iPad Family

There are currently four versions of the Apple iPad at this point, which include the iPad Pro (comes in two display sizes of 11-inch and 12.9-inch), the iPad Air, the New iPad and finally the iPad Mini. 

In case you're wondering, the iPads are the most polished tablets in the market currently, with only less than a handful of Android tablets to rival its overall quality. So if you want to give a gift of tablet, then the iPads are highly recommended.

The Pro variants have the best features, evident from their price of course. But truthfully, you can practically do all kinds of design work when you couple with an Apple Pencil (more on this below). Any artist would appreciate the iPad Pro for its incredible hardware performance that can even enable mimicry of an actual paper or canvas. 

Here's a quick breakdown of the models and where to buy them:

1. iPad Pro 12.9-inch from RM4349 https://www.apple.com/my/shop/buy-ipad/ipad-pro

2. iPad Pro 11-inch from RM3499 https://www.apple.com/my/shop/buy-ipad/ipad-pro

3. iPad Air 10.5-inch from RM2119 https://www.apple.com/my/shop/buy-ipad/ipad-air

4. New iPad 10.2-inch from RM1449 https://www.apple.com/my/shop/buy-ipad/ipad-10-2

5. iPad Mini 7.9-inch from RM1699 https://www.apple.com/my/shop/buy-ipad/ipad-mini 

But that's not all, to truly make full use of the iPad, you may need to look into some essential accessories, which can also be a great standalone gift for those who already have specific iPad models. 

First is the Apple Pencil. As its name suggests, it's a pen-tool that can help those who want to do design work or draw art on the iPad. With the right software, the iPad and Apple Pencil are all that is needed to produce beautiful artworks. However, it is imperative to take note that only specific iPad models are compatible with the Apple Pencil. Additionally, the Apple Pencil is at its 2nd generation, so there are two versions of the Apple Pencil.

Visit this page to find out about the compatibility and to purchase it: https://www.apple.com/my/apple-pencil/select/

Secondly, the Smart Keyboard would make a great accessory for the iPad for the simple reason of having a physical keyboard, which also doubles as a cover when folded close. The current New iPad, iPad Air, and iPad Pro models can support the Smart Keyboard so you need to know which version of iPad to get for.  

you can check out the Smart Keyboard models here: https://www.apple.com/my/smart-keyboard/select/

AirPods and AirPods Pro

The Apple AirPods or the AirPods Pro are technically more universal as gifts and whoever who receives them will thank you deeply for a pair of well-made, high-quality earphones. 

The standard AirPods have two configurations, with a difference that one comes with a wireless charging case, and the other is a standard cabled charging case. The AirPods Pro, however, has only one version and its case is wireless charging-ready.  

The Apple AirPods is priced from RM699, while the AirPods Pro is priced at RM1099. Check out this link to find out more: https://www.apple.com/my/shop/select-airpods

iPod Touch

For those who aren't keeping as many tabs on Apple products, the iPod touch is still a viable gift option. It's a great way to introduce a non-Apple user into the ecosystem as the iPod Touch have access to the App Store and can pretty much do almost everything an iPhone can, save for the dual/triple camera, calling features and some others. 

Price starts from RM899 for the 32GB version and escalates up to RM1799 for the 256GB version. Buy it here: https://www.apple.com/my/shop/buy-ipod/ipod-touch

Mac Family

As for computers, there is quite a number but we won't dive into the specifics in this article. Generally, you should know that these models are currently available: 

1. Macbook Air

2. Macbook Pro 13"

3. Macbook Pro 16"

4. iMac

5. iMac Pro

6. Mac Pro

7. Mac mini

8. Pro Display XDR 

Hit the link to find out more here: https://www.apple.com/my/mac/

 

And that's pretty much what's available from Apple right up to the end of 2019 and even 2020.  Have fun shopping!