By Don Reisinger
December 5, 2017

Apple products are at the top of many people’s wish lists for the holidays. But like with anything Apple-related, getting accessories to go with the devices is often a good idea.

For iPads, you’ll likely need a cover or case to protect it, while for MacBooks, you may need an external monitor, USB adapters so you can use more accessories with the computer, and chargers to store extra battery power.

With all the holiday discounts, now may be the time to buy accessories for Apple products. So we’ve compiled a roundup of some of the best iPad and MacBook accessories.

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iPad

  • Apple Smart Keyboard: If you’re looking for an accessory that combines both typing and protection by safeguarding its screen from damage, the Apple Smart Keyboard is for you. It works with the iPad Pro (10.5- and 12.9-inch) models and starts at $159.
  • Apple Leather Smart Cover: The Apple Leather Smart Cover is a nice-looking case for your iPad that covers its screen to prevent damage. It can double as a stand when you unfold it. The cover costs $69.
  • Apple Pencil for iPad Pro: If you already own an iPad Pro or you’re planning to buy one, you may want to buy the $99 Apple Pencil. It acts as a digital stylus for the device, allowing you to “write” on the screen, sign contracts, and annotate PDFs.
  • Kenu Airvue Car iPad Headrest Mount: Have kids who want to watch movies in the car? Pick up the $50 Kenu Airvue Car iPad Headrest Mount. The device connects to the back of your car’s headrest and keeps your iPad securely in place while you drive.
  • Logitech Slim Folio Case with Integrated Bluetooth Keyboard: If the Apple Smart Keyboard is too expensive, pick up the Logitech Slim Folio Case with Integrated Bluetooth Keyboard. The $100 accessory connects to any iPad via Bluetooth and lets you type on its physical keyboard rather than the iPad’s virtual keyboard. It also doubles as a stand to prop up your iPad when you want to watch a movie.
  • Native Union Eclipse Charger: The Native Union Eclipse Charger is an all-in-one accessory that can charge an iPad, Mac, and iPhone at the same time. The $80 device plugs into a wall and has three wires that connect to Apple’s hardware. It’s a great way to keep the iPad charged throughout the day.
  • Native Union SMART Hub Bridge Charger: The Native Union SMART Hub Bridge Charger is another multi-purpose accessory that lets you plug in a variety of devices, including iPads, to keep them charged. The device has three USB ports for charging, as well as one USB-C port for a variety of other devices, like Android smartphones. And at $55, it’s nicely affordable.

MacBook

  • LG UltraFine 5K Display: If you don’t mind spending serious cash to get a high-end display to use with your MacBook, consider the LG UltraFine 5K Display. It provides outstanding visuals and has a nice, slim design, but it costs a whopping $1,300.
  • Leather Sleeve for MacBook: Like the leather sleeve Apple sells for iPad owners, the company also sells a similar version for its thin MacBook. The sleeve is made from leather and is slim to make it easy to carry. But at $149, it’s costly.
  • LaCie 2TB Mobile Hard Drive: If you just don’t think MacBooks come with enough storage, Apple sells the LaCie 2TB POrsche Design USB-C Mobile Hard Drive. The drive, which costs $110, comes with a fancy design so you can leave it on your desk and is portable, so you can take your data with you.
  • Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard: Logitech’s Wireless Solar Keyboard is a $60 physical keyboard for your MacBook. The device connects via Bluetooth to your computer and offers full-sized keys, including a numeric keypad on the right. And as its “solar” branding suggests, it uses available light to charge itself. According to Logitech, it can hold a charge for at least three months.
  • Belkin USB 3.0 Port Hub: The Belkin USB 3.0 Port Hub is a handy accessory for when you want to plug in more hardware than your MacBook may allow with its built-in ports. The accessory has four USB 3.0 ports and connects to the device via USB-C. It can accommodate everything from a monitor to an external hard drive. It costs $70.
  • Apple USB Ethernet Adapter: As long as you don’t mind spending $29 for an adapter, the Apple USB Ethernet Adapter can be quite useful. The adapter plugs into a MacBook’s USB port and on the other end, has a port for an Ethernet connection. So, if you don’t have access to a Wi-Fi signal but still want to connect to the Internet, this is the adapter for you.

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