2014 iPad iPhone iPod Buyers' Guide from iLounge.com

$30
Apps

SuperMegaUltraGroovy Capo

In addition to having a company name that’s a lot of fun, SuperMegaUltraGroovy also has a really cool app called Capo ($30). It’s one of those things that kind of sounds like magic, but actually works. Capo takes the music in your iTunes library, analyzes it, and spits out guitar tablature. No more having to buy tab books or figure out the chords yourself; the app does it for you. Read More

Razer Taipan Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse

Macs may be more legitimate gaming machines than ever before, but that’s only on the inside. Apple’s peripherals still make terrible controllers for most games. If you’ve ever tried using a Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad in a first-person shooter, for example, you know what we’re talking about. Thankfully, the big game accessory companies are offering some better options. Razer’s Taipan Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse ($80) is one such device. Read More

$50
Extras

APC Back-UPS Connect

If you’re familiar with UPS systems—uninterruptible power supplies—you likely know they’re usually designed for devices with huge power consumption requirements, such as desktop computers or even servers. APC had a pretty brilliant alternative idea: why not offer an inexpensive option to keep laptops and tablets online when the power goes out by guaranteeing enough energy for your router and modem, which require a lot less juice? That’s what Back-UPS Connect ($50) is for. The compact, reasonably-priced system strikes us useful both at home and in the office. Read More

Kanex Thunderbolt to eSATA + USB 3.0 Adapter

Kanex has tried its hand at USB adapters for the Mac, and Thunderbolt cables. Now, it’s combining the two technologies into its Thunderbolt to eSATA + USB 3.0 Adapter ($80); a version that swaps out the eSATA port for Gigabit Ethernet is coming soon. The small black box doesn’t hold a lot of secrets, but rather, will help professionals connect their devices with minimal hassle. Read More

$50-$60
Cases

Cargo Works MacBook Module Sleeve

Cargo Works understands that a sleeve that just carries a computer isn’t enough anymore. There has to be room for an iPad as well, and pockets for accessories certainly don’t hurt, either. The company started with its MacBook Air + iPad Sleeve, but now there’s a solution for MacBook Pro users as well. MacBook Module Sleeve ($50-$60) comes in 13” and 15” sizes. Read More

$49
Extras

Apple Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter

It appears Apple realizes that putting $3,000+ of supercomputer into a cylinder that can easily be lifted with one hand may pose some problems, if the wrong people are around. For the first time we can recall, it’s introduced a physical security accessory, the Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter ($49). Much like Maclocks’ version, it helps secure the newest Mac Pro, adding an attachment point for Kensington-style locks.  Read More

$100
Cases

Spigen SGP New Coated 2 Backpack

It’s not like there’s any shortage of backpacks out there, but here’s another to consider: Spigen SGP’s New Coated 2 Backpack ($100). The name may be unwieldy, but the bag itself isn’t. In case “new” and “2” didn’t give it away, this one’s a sequel to an earlier backpack from the company, while “coated” refers to the water-resistant finish of the nylon. Read More

$50+
Apps

Acronis True Image

Time Machine local backups and Backblaze offsite storage are just fine for most users. They’re easy to use, work reliably, and are inexpensive or even free. But power users are always looking for better tools. Consider Acronis’ True Image ($50+) as a potentially superior option for backups. Read More

$10+ per month
June 2014
Apps

Adobe Photoshop CC 2014

Although Adobe’s move to its Creative Cloud subscription model hasn’t been popular with everyone, one undeniable advantage is the ability to stay current with your favourite Adobe apps. With this month’s release of Photoshop CC 2014, Adobe pushes the bar forward with a number of cool enhancements, and makes it all available at a new, lower $10/month subscription price that also includes Lightroom and unlimited cloud-based storage to keep all of your photos in sync across your Mac and iOS devices. Read More

Free
Apps

Lunch Money Snappy

We know it can feel kind of silly to pull out our iPhone when sitting at the computer, but sometimes that’s the only way to use certain apps. Take Snapchat as an example, which has no web client or other way to access it from a Mac. While there may not be an official way, however, Lunch Money’s Snappy (Free) does the job. Read More

$40
Cases

BAGGU Duck Bag

Coming in three patterns, BAGGU’s Duck Bag ($40) strikes us as a perfect tote for the summer months. Two different sizes are available—one for 11” MacBook Airs, and one for 13” machines—but they both hold a computer along with an iPad and iPhone in dedicated pockets, and more in the main cavity. This bag is an Apple Store exclusive. Read More

ioSafe 3TB Solo G3 Fireproof/Waterproof Hard Drive

One of the problems with any on-site backup device is that it’s endangered by the same threats as the connected computer. If there’s a fire, flood, or theft, you could lose the data anyways. ioSafe is presenting an alternative—something that will stand up to all those possible dangers. 3TB Solo G3 Fireproof/Waterproof Hard Drive ($400) is tough as nails without costing an arm and a leg. Read More

Brother PT-P750W Compact Label Maker with Wireless Enabled Printing

Not everyone needs a label maker, but like any Mac peripheral, if you have to use one, why not choose a model that compliments your computer in terms of ease and elegance? That’s what Brother’s PT-P750W Compact Label Maker with Wireless Enabled Printing ($130) is attempting to do. The biggest advantage to this system is its built-in wireless networking.  Read More

$1,199
Macs

Apple 21.5" iMac (Mid 2014)

We were hoping the rumors of a new, less expensive iMac were true, and we knew there would have to be some cuts made somewhere to lower the price. But there’s no way we expected such a huge gap between the new Mid 2014 version of Apple’s 21.5” iMac ($1,999) and the previous entry level model. While the enclosure, screen, ports, and memory are the same, this new Mac has some weak components inside, at least compared to the step-up model. Read More

$90-$120
June 2014
Mounts

Henge Docks Vertical Docking Station

Henge Docks is back at it again, this time giving 13” and 15” Retina MacBook Pros some love with its latest Vertical Docking Stations ($90-$120). Available this month, the docks come in your choice of glossy white plastic, or, our preference, Mac-matching brushed metal. Both sizes come with pre-installed passthrough cables, making them ready to go out of the box. Because it stands your Mac up on its edge, the Vertical Docking Station is a good choice for hooking up to an external display on a desk with limited room. Update: Our original preview from May has been updated with new hands-on impressions and photos! Read More

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