WIFI HIFI TECH GIFT GUIDE 2018 - Tech Gifts for Apple Fans

Christine Persaud


Published: 12/17/2018 07:20:01 AM EST in Sound

WIFI HIFI TECH GIFT GUIDE 2018 - Tech Gifts for Apple Fans

We all know at least one. An Apple fanboy that will use any chance he gets to reinforce why Apple products are the best, and he'd never switch to Microsoft, Android, or another competing platform.

Aside from the loyal fanboys, there are also those who simply happily live in the Apple ecosystem, with an iPhone, iPad, MacBook, Apple TV, or all of the above. For those persons, here are some great gift ideas to complement (or upgrade) the Apple devices they already own.

Apple HomePod Smart Speaker

The HomePod is a good smart speaker option for the Apple fan who wants to make full use of Siri voice control and his or her Apple Music subscription. It intelligently learns what music you like to listen to, and can answer questions about songs. It supports stereo pairs and multi-room audio systems, and works with AirPlay 2 to communicate with other AirPlay 2-enabled speakers, which are available from a variety of audio companies. White or space grey, $449.

Belkin Valet Charger Power Pack

For the Apple fanboy who has both an iPhone and an Apple Watch, this handy power bank can charge both devices simultaneously via its 6,700mAh battery. Connect an iPhone via the USB port and a Lightning cable, and place the Watch atop the built-in Magnetic Charging Module. Recharge the Watch up to eight times per charge of the unit, or an iPhone up to three times. Plus, it's super-compact, so easy to pop into a backpack, briefcase, or purse for travels. US$100

iFixit Mobile Device Repair Kit

Every iPhone owner has experienced a screen crack or shatter, battery issue, or other problem at least once. One of these kits will help the person who didn't opt for Apple Care, or has an out-of-warranty device, extend its life. The handy person can fix the device himself, whether it's swapping a battery or replacing a screen. Follow along with handy online repair guides, as well as walkthrough videos. Kits range in price, depending on the type and device. A Pro Tech Toolkit for iPhones, for example, is about $80; while a replacement screen with tools for an iPhone 6 will set you back $84.

(PRODUCT)RED iPhone XR Smartphone

For the person who loves Apple, but might not be ready or willing to fork over a thousand bucks for a new phone just yet, surprise them with an upgrade like this one. It has a ton of great features, including a 6.1" Liquid Retina LCD screen, Face ID, A12 Bionic chip, Portrait Mode, 12MP wide-angle rear camera, and more. It's the lowest end of Apple's three new phones, but a viable upgrade, especially for those who still own an iPhone 6 or 7. And it won't break the bank: while it starts at $1,029 outright, you can get it on the cheap from a carrier depending on your service contract deal.

Mac Mini

A great gift for the Apple-loving family, this home computer offers quad- and six-core processors, up to 64GB of faster memory, and fast all-flash storage. It also includes the Apple T2 Security Chip, and a 10GB Ethernet option. Turbo Boost Speeds up to 4.6GHz and Intel UHD graphics are combined with up to 64GB of 2666 MHz memory, allowing it to load larger files into memory, run more virtual machines or manipulate large data sets. With capacities up to 2TB, it has four Thunderbolt 3 ports (twice as many as before), and can connect to high-speed storage, 4K and 5K Thunderbolt displays, and output video in three formats. It also has an HDMI 2.0 port, two USB-A ports, an audio jack, and Gigabit Ethernet. Space grey with macOS Mojave, starts at $999.

Beats by Mickey Mouse Special Edition Beats by Dr. Dre Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones

Ideal for younger Apple fans, or those with quirky and playful tastes, these special edition Solo3 wireless headphones were designed in celebration of the 90th anniversary of iconic Disney character Mickey Mouse. They are finished in cool grey with an all-over design, and run for up to 40 hours, plus another three after just five minutes of charging. With cushioned, pivoting and adjustable earcups for a customized fit, they contain the Apple W1 chip for one-step Bluetooth connection, and the ability to toggle seamlessly among iCloud-registered devices. They come with custom felt case inspired by the materials from Mickey Mouse ear hats, plus a collectible 90th anniversary pin and decal sticker. $399.95

Griffin Premium Charge/Sync Cable With Lightning Connector

Apple smartphones aren't the greatest in terms of battery life, which means heavy users probably find themselves charging them multiple times a day, not just once. Even if you only charge nightly, it's always useful to have an extra cable to keep in your purse, in the home, or at the office. These braided nylon cables are extra-durable and ultra bend-tested, with a sculpted strain relief connector that can resist wear and tear. With a 5-foot length, they're great for using by the nightstand so you still have enough slack to grab the phone and check messages without having to unplug it. But they would also be good for the car, since it would reach all the way to the back seat if needed. US$30 ea.

Satechi Type-C Mobile Pro Hub Adapter

For someone who just forked over dough to buy a new iPad, this adapter is compatible with it, as well as other Type-C devices, including smartphones and tablets. For US$60, they can easily connect peripherals to the tablet (or phone) using the four expansion ports per single USB-C connection. A 4K HDMI port allows for seamless presentations, conference calls and video streaming on-the-go. The USB-C PD 3.0 Charging port keeps the iPad Pro and other Type-C compatible products powered, while running high-performance applications. It can also be used as a power bank to charge other USB-C devices while away from an outlet. The 3.5mm headphone jack restores the ability to connect to a favourite pair of 3.5mm wired headphones; and the extra USB 3.0 port affords fast data transfer (up to 5Gbs), or can be used to connect a USB keyboard.

Moshi VersaCover for the iPad Pro

For someone who has already purchased the new iPad Pro, consider wrapping on of these stylish cases and putting it under the tree for them. The stylish cover is inspired by origami in its design, and keeps the tablet positioned at the right angle for typing, reading, and browsing the Web. It retails for US$60. Combine it with Moshi's iVisor AG screen protector (US$30) and the vegan leather magnetic Apple Pencil holder (US$15), and you're still spending less than $150.

iPad Pro Tablet

If the Apple fan is still working on an old iPad, consider upgrading him to the latest iPad Pro, which can be used on its own in tablet form, or with the Apple Pencil ($169) and wireless keyboard for greater productivity. It comes with an either 11" or 12.9" Liquid Retina display, up to 1TB of storage, and Face ID for secure unlocking. With True Tone and anti-reflective coating, you can easily view it both indoors and outside. ProMotion technology automatically adjusts the display refresh rate up to 120Hz for smooth scrolling and good responsiveness. Weighing just a pound (11" model), it offers an up to 10-hour battery life, and uses a USB-C connector in place of the Lightning connector. Silver and space grey, 64GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB configurations, starting at $999.

Apple Watch (Series 4)

Whether he or she already has an older Apple Watch, or you're getting one for them for the first time, the new Series 4 will bring them to the latest and greatest. It can be used for notifications, to control compatible smart home devices, track workouts, heart rate and sleep, and just generally help them keep on top of what's going on at the office or home. It starts at $519.

Apple MacBook Air

Any Apple fan will have been watching the late-October Apple announcement in anticipation of the new MacBook Air, which features a 13-inch Retina display, Touch ID, the latest processors, and an even more portable design. Delivering an all-day battery and available in gold, space grey, and silver, it includes an Apple-designed keyboard, a spacious Force Touch trackpad, faster SSDs, wide stereo sound, the Apple T2 Security Chip and Thunderbolt 3. There's a built-in FaceTime HD camera and a three microphone array for better sound quality when making calls back home to family while traveling on business, and improved voice recognition for Siri. Additional features include TouchID, fingerprint sensor built into the keyboard, Force Touch trackpad, 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor, Intel UHD Graphics, and faster 2133 MHz system memory up to 16GB. It now comes with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, which allow you to charge your notebook, quickly transfer data via USB and Thunderbolt, output video in three formats, and connect to a host of devices, including external storage, docks for additional ports, 4K and 5K displays, and eGPUs for faster graphics. Starts at $1,499.

iFi Audio xCAN Portable Headphone Amplifier

Help him enhance the sound quality when playing music from an iPhone with the pocket-sized xCAN portable headphone amplifier which boasts Bluetooth aptX, and can be used in both a wireless or wired set-up. It features full analog volume control, which retains full-resolution at all volume levels, along with selectable 3D and XBass functions. The 3D function provides two separate circuits, one optimized for headphones and the other for loudspeakers, while XBass produces cleaner, tighter, and deeper bass that its predecessor, XBass , notes iFi. With support for high-resolution formats, it delivers 1000mW of power per channel. With aptX and AAC, it brings Hi-Res streaming to Bluetooth. Made of rugged magnesium-aluminum alloy, it can run for six-to-eight hours using its 2,200 mAh Lithium-Polymer battery. MSRP $420

Bluesound Generation 2i Wireless High-Res Speakers

The new Gen 2i speakers from Bluesound include AirPlay 2 support (via a software update) so they can work with other AirPlay 2 speakers, and stream audio from a iOS device directly to the system, using Siri voice control. They also feature the BluOS music management system for connecting, organizing, and controlling your music. Options range from the $349 Pulse Flex 2i, up to the $1,499 Vault 2i. Even if the person already has older Bluesound players, he can add AirPlay 2 capability to the entire system with the addition of just one new Gen 2i player. Each supports aptX HD Bluetooth wireless audio (with the exception of the Pulse Flex 2i, which supports aptX Bluetooth).

Tumi Protective Leather Co-Mold iPhone XS Max Case

If you know he or she has already upgraded to the new iPhone XS Max smartphone, help him or her protect it with this stylish case. Made from textured leather, it offers shock absorption and secure protection for the expensive device. Plus, it's slim, and comes in a number of cool and classy colours like burgundy and grey. US$75

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