There’s no denying that Apple is a behemoth tech brand, and there are some very good reasons for that. From the very-first iPod to the newly-released MacBook Pro laptops of 2021, the Steve Jobs-founded company has struck an impressive balance between user-friendliness, good design and boundary-pushing innovation.
But there are always means of improving things, in this case by making sure you’ve got the right array of Apple accessories that play nice with its ecosystem. Whether you’re a casual iPhone user needing something as simple as a phone case or you’re a hardcore loyalist since the days of the Apple Computer 1 in need of some peripheral upgrades, you’ll find the perfect Apple accessories for every budget and lifestyle below.
AirTags & Cases
Apple’s answer to existing Bluetooth trackers, like those made by Tile, AirTags are a bit larger than a quarter and are compatible with the brand’s existing Find My app. That means you can attach them to a number of different kinds of gear, especially if you have an accompanying case, and keep track of all your most precious items, like your keys, iPhone, wallet, bags and more.
A simple-yet-elegant solution to incorporating Apple’s AirTags into your everyday carry, this durable and protective case from Belkin will securely store your favorite Bluetooth tracker and make it easy to attach to your existing keychain or use as a standalone device. Plus, this case is so cheap you might want to pick one up for all your AirTags.
AirTag Hermès Luggage Tag
In classic Apple fashion, the brand has teamed up with luxury goods manufacturer Hermès on an ultra-opulent luggage tag-style case for AirTags. And while the price will certainly scare off the average person, those with deep pockets and a taste for high-end style may be drawn to this premium add-on crafted from your choice of heritage Barénia leather or smooth Swift leather
One of the latest and greatest Apple releases, AirTags are perfect for keeping track of any easily misplaced piece of gear or tech, like your iPhone, EDC keychain, backpack, pets and so much more. Of course, if you really want to make the most of them, you’ll also need cases compatible with attaching them to those varying pieces of gear and tech.
Apple Watch Bands & Straps
Apple Watch Bands
While it might seem obvious, Apple’s own in-house bands and straps are both amongst the absolute best around for the Apple Watch, as well as offering a pretty incredible amount of variety. Whether you want something simple and workout-friendly, like the Sport Loop, or something much more refined and dressed-up, like the Milanese Loop, the Cupertino-based brand has got you covered starting at just $49.
Apple Fidlock Watch Strap
Taking a bit of inspiration from military and tactical gear, DSPTCH has taken its Apple Watch strap in a rugged and unique direction by equipping it with a durable nylon webbing and a sturdy-yet-convenient Fidlock magnetic quick-release buckle. It’s available in two sizes and six handsome colorways ranging from all-black to bright orange, so you can personalize it to your own style.
Apple Watch Bands
For further proof that the Cupertino tech giant is not the only brand that can produce a solid collection of Apple Watch bands and straps, there’s Casetify. With literally dozens upon dozens of offerings — including metal link bands, handsome leather straps and a bevy of colorful cloth options — across a range of budgets (starting at $40), this brand has something for everyone, truly.
When it comes to smartwatches, the Apple Watch is certainly amongst the best ever, and it keeps getting better with each subsequent generation. Of course, to make the most of it (and to better integrate it into your personal style and everyday carry loadout), you might want to consider incorporating a measure of personalization via a strap and/or band. You can even snag a few and swap them out on an as-needed basis.
Bags & Backpacks
The Leather Laptop Case
For some folks, a backpack or full-blown briefcase is something you already have or don’t need. But if you still want some protection for your MacBook (and you want it to look good when you haul it around), you should consider the Madewell Leather Laptop Case. It’s crafted from soft vegetable-tanned leather, has a simple-yet-secure zippered closure and will only look better over time.
Selected as our all-around best everyday backpack, the Bellroy Classic Backpack is a paradox of minimalist design and maximalist features. Along with a serviceable 20L capacity, it has a padded laptop pocket (perfect for your MacBook), weatherproof exterior, plenty of internal organizational options and so much more. Furthermore, you can get it in any of six handsome colorways.
Handsome and refined enough to bring into the office, yet rugged and capable enough for a day out on the trails, the Topo Designs Commuter Briefcase makes for an outstanding laptop-hauling bag. It certainly doesn’t hurt that it was made in the USA from top-notch materials including 1,000D Cordura nylon, Horween leather and more.
One of the big perks of owning an Apple MacBook and/or iPad is their portability. In order to take full advantage of that, every Apple user should consider grabbing a backpack or bag that makes transporting your precious tech safer, secure and less cumbersome. These are some of our favorite options, but they’re just the tip of the iceberg.
Keychron K2 Wireless Bluetooth Mechanical Keyboard
While Apple’s standard offerings are plenty functional, there’s just something satisfying about the click of a mechanical keyboard. Well, you can have that same haptic experience in a package that’s Bluetooth-compatible, can be used wired or wireless, boasts a 72-hour battery and offers the satisfying click of Gateron Red Switches, so long as you pick up the Keychron K2.
Logitech MX Master 3 Advanced Wireless Mouse
Keeping an eye on ergonomics over the long term could be the difference between a healthy skeletal system and life-long issues like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or worse. One of the best ways to manage that is by swapping your computer peripherals, like your mouse, for ones that are a bit better for you — like this wireless, precision offering from Logitech.
Apple Pencil 2nd Gen
If you happen to own an Apple iPad, you could get away with just using your fingertips for most basic activities. However, if you want to do anything more detail-oriented — like design work, art or otherwise — you’ll need a stylus. Turns out, the Jobs-founded brand makes one of the best around in the aptly-named Apple Pencil, which comes in two generations (so you’ll want to check compatibility before making your purchase).
Truth be told, the best peripherals (e.g. mice, keyboards, etc.) for your Apple computer are probably the ones that came with it. Of course, if you own a laptop or you just don’t dig Apple’s standard-issue offerings, you might want to check out this trio of computer peripherals. They’ll come in handy when you don’t want to be relegated to using the built-in/included keyboard and trackpad/mouse or when hooking your laptop up to a dock or an additional monitor.
LaCie Rugged USB-C 4TB External Hard Drive
LaCie makes some of the toughest external hard drives around, which makes them an outstanding option for commuters and workers that find themselves frequently on the go. With 4TB of onboard storage and lightning-fast transfer speeds, this drive can easily tackle typical tasks, but it also offers both drop and impact protection to help keep you worry-free.
WD_BLACK 8TB D10 Game Drive
While Western Digital’s WD_BLACK lineup of data storage solutions was actually intended for gamers, that means they offer unrivaled transfer speeds — and that’s just as good for daily life and work as it is for gaming. And while this version offers a whopping 8TB of onboard storage, there are also much larger and much smaller WD_BLACK hard drives available for purchase.
Seagate Portable 2TB External Hard Drive
Not everyone needs an indestructible drive or one that can store a universe-worth of information. Some folks just need something to keep sensitive and/or important files (like family photos or work projects) safe and accessible. In that case, you can’t go wrong with this admittedly quite packable 2TB drive from Seagate. It’s not fancy, but it will certainly get the job done.
As technology progresses and becomes more and more integrated into our daily lives, being able to save and access your data in an accessible and secure way is increasingly important. While your device’s hard drive is a decent way to start, you can bolster its capability, portability and even increase your security via some kind of additional data storage system, like an external hard drive.
Docks & Hubs
Anker USB C Hub for MacBook
This simple plug-and-play device is exceptionally useful for anyone finding that their MacBook doesn’t have enough data ports. Plug it in and you’ll get immediate access to a bevy of additional ports, including USB-A, USB-C, HDMI, an SD card slot and a microSD slot. Furthermore, it’s capable of transferring at blazing 40 Gb/s speeds.
Satechi Aluminum Multi-Port Adapter V2
If you own a desktop or you just don’t want a USB multi-port adapter hitching a ride on your MacBook, you could opt for this Satechi adapter that connects to just a single port via its integrated cable. Once plugged in, users can access ports including (but not limited to) ethernet, SD, microSD, USB-C, HDMI and more. For data-intensive tasks, this is a veritable must-have device.
LaCie 16TB 1big Dock External Hard Drive Docking Station
If you’re looking for an altogether more comprehensive solution for all your data storage and dock/hub needs, then we suggest checking out the LaCie device you see here. With 16TB of onboard storage (you read that right), CF and SD reader slots, dual Thunderbolt 3 ports and much more, this is a powerhouse to which few others compare, and it has a price to match.
There are a few reasons you might want to pick up a dock or hub to go with your Apple Mac, MacBook, etc. For starters, it’s a simple way to increase the number and type of ports you have at your disposal, which can be very useful if you use multiple kinds of storage devices like microSD cards and USB thumb drives. It can also make it easier to connect other bits of tech and/or peripherals including (but not limited to) additional displays, external hard drives, etc. Whatever your needs, these options will serve those functions beautifully.
Razer Kishi for iPhone
Though it isn’t widely discussed in the gaming community, mobile gamers outnumber all other gamers by a pretty massive margin — some estimates putting the number as high as 46% of all gamers. If you count yourself amongst those numbers and you have an iPhone, you can make your gaming experience all the better by utilizing Razer’s seamless, low-latency Kishi controller.
SteelSeries Nimbus+ Wireless Gaming Controller
Apple only recently made a significant push into gaming with Apple Arcade — which, admittedly, is a pretty cool service with some excellent titles. The brand was also smart enough to enlist one of the best gaming peripheral brands, SteelSeries, to craft a version of the brand’s award-winning, wireless, 50-hour gaming controller specifically for Apple Arcade, and this is it.
8BitDo Pro 2 Bluetooth Controller
Without a doubt, 8BitDo makes some of the best retro-inspired gaming controllers you can presently buy. And that doesn’t change just because you’re an Apple user. In fact, the brand’s Pro 2 Bluetooth Controller is compatible with iOS, as well as Android, Windows and even Nintendo Switch. That, paired with its 20-hour battery, integrated motion controls, rumble vibration and more make it an outstanding gaming peripheral.
With Apple Arcade, the Cupertino-based brand has made a big push to get into the gaming industry. Of course, many of today’s top games — at least those available on PC — also have Mac-friendly versions. But if you’re not big into keyboard-and-mouse-style gaming, you’ll probably want to consider buying an Apple-compatible gaming controller like those you see here.
Apple AirPods Pro
$199.99 (20% off)
While there’s nothing wrong with the standard Apple AirPods, the AirPods Pro — especially after the latest update — are the clear winner. They now have active noise-canceling technology, a transparency mode for when you need to hear the world around you, spatial audio with dynamic head tracking and they’re even both sweat- and water-resistant.
Apple AirPods Max
Put bluntly, earbuds aren’t for everyone, even when made by Apple. They can be uncomfortable over long stretches and don’t always offer the best audio experience. Thankfully, the Cupertino brand has an over-ear alternative in the AirPods Max, which are more robust and immersive than their earbud counterparts but still offer a bevy of the same features — including ANC tech, a transparency mode and much more.
Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones
By no means do you have to use Apple-made headphones with your other Apple gear. In fact, if this pair of Sony headphones is on the menu, you might want to actually avoid Apple. You see, these over-ears offer industry-leading noise-canceling tech, up to 30 hours of battery per charge (with a 10-minute quick-charge that grants five hours of usage) — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Obviously, Apple took a head-first dive into the world of headphones recently, and the brand-built offerings are some of the best when it comes to Apple-compatible headphones. But they’re hardly the only option out there, as evidenced by this trio of available ‘phones. Yes, Apple’s offerings in this tech sub-segment are spectacular. That doesn’t mean you have to or even should avoid the other options on the market.
Apple iPad Cases
Unsurprisingly, Apple itself offers some of the best iPad cases available on the market starting at just $39. Furthermore, they’re wide-ranging in regards to both style and budget, so there’s something for everyone. If you just want a simple cover to keep your iPad dust- and dirt-free, Apple’s got you covered. And if you want one that comes with an integrated Smart Keyboard and/or something even more rugged or refined, they’ve got that, too.
OtterBox Apple iPad Cases
Sadly, the iPad is well behind the iPhone when it comes to durability. But a measure of that can be mitigated by, say, popping your favorite tablet into one of the many offerings from famed case maker OtterBox. Along with a bevy of ultra-tough cases, which start at just $50, the brand also offers numerous screen protectors and plenty of other accessories, to boot.
Pad and Quill iPad Cases
Pad and Quill
For those that prefer a bit of refinement in their Apple Accessories, we’d like to introduce you to Pad and Quill. This brand offers a wide range of heritage-level tablet cases crafted from materials like full-grain leather and even fine linen. They’re a tad on the pricier side of the spectrum, starting at $80, but that’s to be expected considering their pedigree and top-notch construction.
Pad and Quill
Though built to fairly high standards, Apple’s iPads are, put bluntly, not as robust as their smartphone counterparts. Pair that with a larger overall size (one that doesn’t fit as well in the palm of your hand) and you’ve got an expensive bit of tech that needs protecting. These handy cases should keep your favorite tablet ding- and scratch-free, barring some catastrophic event, of course.
Apple iPhone Cases
Perhaps it’s obvious, but we still need to point out that one of the best ways to find the perfect iPhone case is through Apple itself. After all, the brand is responsible for designing the very phone over which you’d wrap a case, so they probably know a thing or two. From the most basic of cases (which start at $35) to those with built-in batteries, you can’t go wrong here.
OtterBox Apple iPhone Cases
Similar to the brand’s lineup of iPad cases, OtterBox also offers a full range of iPhone-compatible cases that range from the very basic to the extremely rugged, although even its most basic cases are still pretty tough compared to the rest of the options out there. Furthermore, OtterBox makes cases compatible with Pop Sockets, MagSafe charging and more. Starting at just $50, there are some very solid options here, especially if adventure is on the docket.
Bellroy Apple iPhone Cases
As is the case with most everything the Aussie brand has put out, Bellroy’s iPhone cases are nothing short of outstanding. And while the range starts at just $35, it’s the higher-end, heritage-level cases that really stand out — thanks largely to high-end materials, like top-grain leather. The brand even offers an array of luxe cases that are MagSafe-compatible for convenient charging, mounting and more.
Though current-gen iPhones have gotten much more robust than their ancestors, a case can still be a means of adding extra protection to one of the most essential pieces of tech any of us carry around. And while users will want to keep a watchful eye on their phone’s compatibility with a given case, it’s also a good idea to take into account other factors — like whether or not you want to take advantage of MagSafe charging.
Twelve South HiRise Adjustable Stand
An elegant solution to a sometimes frustrating ergonomic problem, Twelve South’s adjustable HiRise MacBook stand will elevate your Apple laptop computer to a more work-friendly height, taking the strain off of your neck. It’s compatible with both the brand’s MacBook Pro and MacBook Air lineups, so just make sure to check compatibility before making your purchase.
Satechi Lightweight Aluminum Portable Laptop Stand
Just because you don’t work in a single place, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the benefits of a laptop stand, so long as you pick up this Satechi offering. It folds down flat for easy transport in your bag or backpack and unfolds just as simply to give your laptop (or tablet) a bit more height. It even has cable pass-throughs to keep your cords in order.
Grovemade Wood Laptop Stand
Lovers of classic design and materials will undoubtedly feel drawn to this Grovemade laptop stand, which foregoes cold metal in favor of gorgeous hardwood to elevate your folding computer above your workspace. It’s compatible with all laptops on the market, comes in your choice of maple or walnut, boasts a handy lip to keep your laptop secure and was built and designed in the USA.
Laptops, like those in the Apple MacBook lineup, are outstanding for portability but they can wreak havoc on your body from an ergonomic standpoint. If you have a place you like to do most of your work, you might want to consider investing in a laptop stand to elevate your MacBook
Apple MagSafe Battery Pack
If you own one of the newer models of iPhone, you can take advantage of wireless charging, even on the go, so long as you pick up the Apple MagSafe Battery Pack you see here. It boasts a 1,460mAh capacity, which isn’t enough for a full charge of your smartphone but is a handy backup for those times when you’re away from wall outlets for a while.
Native Union Key Cable
Even if you’re convinced you don’t have enough space in your daily haul and everyday carry, we bet you can find a bit of room for this Native Union Key Cable. It’s micro-sized so as to fit on your keychain alongside your keys and tools and can turn any USB outlet into a Lightning charger for your iPhone.
Nomad Lightning Cable USB-A
The cable that came with your Apple gear will probably do a decent job of keeping your tech charged for a time, but it won’t last unless you handle it with kid gloves. By comparison, Nomad’s Kevlar-covered Lightning Cable was built to take a beating and come out the other side smelling like roses. Of course, if you have other gear that doesn’t use Lightning, the cable is available in a few formats.
You’re not always going to have access to a power outlet or even a Qi charging station. For the times in-between — like when you’re commuting to and from the office, traveling (especially if an airport is involved) or you’re just out and about for the day — you might want an alternative option. Thankfully, there are things like MagSafe battery packs, keychain chargers and more to get the job done.
Qi Charging Stations
Apple MagSafe Charger
Sometimes, the “basic” option also happens to be one of the best. That’s exactly the case with Apple’s MagSafe Charger. Sure, it isn’t flashy and it will only charge one device at a time, be that your iPhone or Apple Watch, but it will do it efficiently and safely. And it won’t cost you very much at all.
Nomad Base Station Wireless Charger
If you’re fortunate enough to own multiple pieces of Qi-enabled Apple tech — like an iPhone, Apple Watch, AirPods and Apple’s MagSafe battery pack — you might want a charging station that can handle juicing-up multiple devices at once. And that’s what you’ll find in Nomad’s Base Station Apple Watch Edition, which boasts a trio of high-speed wireless charging coils alongside an Apple Watch-specific charger.
Courant CATCH:3 Classics Qi Valet Tray
Hybridizing the best parts of a Qi charger and an everyday carry valet tray, Courant’s CATCH:3 Classics is a beautiful piece of tech you’ll be proud to put on display. It also makes an outstanding catchall for your pocket loadout whenever you’re not actively hauling it around and boasts certified quick-charging technology.
Cable-bound charging is quickly going the way of the dodo. In fact, all of Apple’s latest-gen iPhones, headphones and watches are already Qi-compatible and -certified. To best take advantage of this new wave of untethered power, it’s certainly worth considering investing in a Qi charging station for the hands-free juicing of all your wireless-ready devices.