Apple lovers rejoice.
It’s 2019 and new gadgets for your Apple products are coming out with more voraciousness than ever before.
Cases, power supplies, headphones, adapters, and even pencils are flooding computer stores and online shops. It’s hard to imagine an end to it all.
Apple accessories are meant to make the user’s life easier, but how do you know what you need and what’s completely unnecessary.
Here, we’ll give you a list of 15 of our favorite Apple accessories on the market and why you need to get them today.
Apple Accessories for Adapting
When it comes to adapters, Apple is always keeping their customers on their toes. It seems like every new iPhone and MacBook need a new different cable to charge and transfer files with. Here are the best adapters that we’ve found.
1) Satechi Aluminum Multi-Port Adapter
All new Macbook’s come with USB-C charging ports. Gone are the days of those little square ports, here are the days of thunderbolts.
The good part is that thunderbolt adapter charges and transfers files extremely fast. The bad part is that most of the world still operates with those old USB ports.
Fortunately, Satechi has come out with a sleek and affordable solution to the compatibility issue. For $80, their multi-port adapter gives you three USB-3 ports, a USB-C port, an HDMI port, and an ethernet port. That’s pretty much everything you need!
2) Anker USB-C to USB-C Cable
If you’re a normal person, you lose things sometimes. The new MacBook Pro comes with a detachable thunderbolt cable for charging, separate to the wall charger.
It’s convenient for stowing away, but it makes this cable susceptible to being lost in the shuffle of getting through your day. Replacements from Apple are a little bit pricey, so Anker has come out with a USB-C to USB-C cable for only $30. Pick up a few of these, it’s good to have spares.
3) SanDisk Ultra USB-C Flash Drive
SanDisk has come out with a great looking flash drive with a USB-C connection, so you can cut out the middle-man adapters that we’ve been raving about.
The great part of USB-C is that file transfers are incredibly fast. It also has a USB-A connection if you need to grab files off of an older computer and put ’em on your shiny new MacBook Pro.
4) Logitech K480 Multi-Device Keyboard
The function of this keyboard is simple. With a holder for multiple devices, you can connect via Bluetooth to a phone and an iPad at the same time. A switch allows you to go back and forth between devices.
This is a perfect gift for a college student with lots on the go.
Apple Accessories for Style
Stylish in its own right, an Apple product should always have a nice looking carrying case to lug it around in. Here are some of the nicest bags and cases on the market today.
5) Pad & Quill Messenger Bag
Anyone that owns an Apple product knows how important it is to have a nice piece of baggage to carry it around in to keep it safe. It’s shockingly hard to find one that does the job and looks great doing it.
Enter Pad & Quill. Handmade American leather is offset by twill-woven waxed canvas to give you an extremely stylish and practical bag. One of these will run you almost $400, but if you really love your Macbook, you’ll give it the protection it needs.
6) AmazonBasics Laptop Sleeve
For something a little cheaper to disguise your MacBook, try Amazon’s own laptop sleeve. It’s $12 and it looks pretty good in charcoal or light grey felt.
This is a great piece to keep your laptop from getting nicked or scratched in your travels. Check out this site for another great apple macbook pro case.
7) Inateck Felt Pouch
If you like keeping all of your Apple accessories in one place, try out this small felt bag. You can keep your chargers, headphones, external drives, etc. in one place for safe keeping.
The Inateck pouch goes will with Amazon’s felt Laptop sleeve as well, if you’re going for the grey felt look.
8) Griffin Survivor All-Terrain
This sleek black iPad case is great for anyone conducting field-research, or just families with destructive children.
It’s protected for drops up to 8-feet, so unless your kid is dropping it off the roof or out the second-story window, you should be fine with this $42 case.
Apple Accessories for Power
When you’re out and about, you need to make sure you can still have your Apple product charged. Here are the best products for charging and power.
9) Satechi USB-C Power Meter Tester
As already stated, Apple’s replacement USB-C cables are on the expensive side. There are lots of third-party cables on the side, but there’s never been a way to know if they’re helping or hurting your MacBook.
This power meter tester by Satechi will measure the deterioration of the power source over time so you can avoid using faulty cords.
10) Nekteck 72W USB Wall Charger
This wall charger is one of the best on the market as a replacement for a MacBook charger. It’s got 3 USB ports and a USB-C port, and at a similar size to the Apple charger, powers devices just as fast.
11) Mophie Powerstation External Battery Pack
This thing is a godsend. It can add up to 15 hours of battery life to your MacBook and can also power other devices at the same time. One USB and one USB-C in addition to the main port allow you to hook up your iPhone and iPad for one big charging station.
It’s a bit large, but it gets a pass for the sheer power that it operates with.
Apple Accessories for Your Enjoyment
Apple users have come to expect lots of extra accessories for their iPads, iPhones, and MacBooks. They’re a company that knows what their loyal consumers want and know how to capitalize on their needs.
12) Apple Pencil
The Apple pencil seems expensive for a small device that is basically a glorified stylus. But, it’s a great way to take notes, do sketches and drawings, and make comments on designs. Perfect for an engineering student and even a photography or art student.
13) Logitech Wonderboom
MacBook speakers have actually gotten a lot better over the years. But, the Logitech Wonderboom is a compact, yet powerful Bluetooth speaker that will be an upgrade over any of your Apple devices.
14) Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones
With wireless headphones with top marks among all experts, the Beats Studio3’s work seamlessly with all Apple products using Apple’s W1 chip.
High-quality noise canceling for less than $300, these headphones are studio caliber and they’re available in loads of colors.
15) Twelve South HiRise 2 Deluxe Charging Stand
This is a great unit for going hands-free with your iPhone or iPad. Its adjustable base is great for everyone in the family. The base contains lightning and micro-USB chargers to keep your device at full power while you use it.
The $60 price tag may seem a little on the expensive side, but when you’re using it you’ll know why its worth it.
2019 and Beyond…
2019 is sure to be another great year for Apple and just as good for Apple lovers. Apple accessories are always fun to shop for and new ways to optimize your Apple products are always being invented. We can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store.