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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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.