2014 iPad iPhone iPod Buyers' Guide from iLounge.com

$20
Cases

Feral Interactive Rayman Origins

Want to feel old? The first Rayman game came out almost 20 years ago, way back in 1995. Since then, there’ve been dozens of titles across multiple platforms, and one of the most recent is Rayman Origins ($20), which is now available in the Mac App Store from Feral Interactive. Like most of the games in the series, it features classic, 2-D platforming and attractive graphics, but with a multiplayer mode that lets multiple players tackle the side-scrolling levels together. Read More

$130
Speakers

Satechi AirBass Active Bluetooth Speakers

Satechi’s AirBass Active Bluetooth Speakers ($130) are a good example of how simple design, executed properly, can lead to an attractive product. Coming in either black or white, these desktop speakers would look really nice next to an iMac or a MacBook. They’re not the fanciest things around, but at this price point, they don’t have to be. Read More

$400
January 7, 2014
Speakers

Harman/Kardon Aura Wireless Home Speaker System

Harman/Kardon’s Soundsticks speakers have been around for years and years, virtually unchanged aesthetically. Now the company has taken the iconic design of the central component and expanded it to a new product. Aura ($400) is a new speaker system that looks a lot like the Soundsticks’ subwoofer, which was once known as iSub. This time, the transparent dome houses the entire speaker system, and offers pretty much every conceivable way to connect to your Apple devices. It’s a particularly interesting option to pair with Apple’s upcoming Mac Pro, as it’s similarly sized, and can operate wirelessly or with wires as you prefer. Read More

NuMac NMBDR6x Blu-ray Drive

We’ve been refreshing Apple’s website since the calendar flipped over to December, waiting to see when the new Mac Pro is going to pop up. We’re still waiting, but in the meantime, there are new accessories to stock up on, such as NuMac’s NMBDR6x Blu-ray Drive ($149). Made to match the new design of the upcoming drive-free Mac Pro, it adds the “bag of hurt” functionality that Apple has continued to avoid. Read More

Kanex simpleDock

It’s no secret that USB ports are always at a premium, especially when you’re using a MacBook with only two. There are plenty of hub solutions out there that add on extras, but Kanex’s simpleDock has to be one of the cooler ones. Made of silver-colored zinc and black plastic, it will look good next to your favorite Mac, and adds features other than just ports. Update: We’ve added additional thoughts from hands-on testing of a simpleDock, below! Read More

$150-$170
Cases
Camera

Incase DSLR Pro Pack + DSLR Pro Sling Pack

Incase wowed us with its DSLR Sling Pack, a great camera bag that also has room for an 11” MacBook Air or iPad in the back. But if you’re a photographer with a bigger Mac, the company has options for you as well. DSLR Pro Pack ($150) and DSLR Pro Sling Pack ($170) both offer dedicated space for your DSLR, plus room for up to 15” MacBook Pros, not to mention accessory pockets galore. The former is a full backpack, while the latter is a sling-style bag. Read More

$179+
Apps

FileMaker, Inc. FileMaker Pro 13

Bento may be gone, but FileMaker, Inc. is still plugging away at its flagship product, and has just introduced the newest installment, FileMaker Pro 13 ($179+). Coming in various packages—upgrades or new installs, downloads or discs, standard Pro or Pro Advanced—it’s the latest version of the database software that works across platforms. While it’s not a consumer-level product, or at least not for most consumers, businesses may consider it as a useful organizational tool. Read More

$3,500
Peripherals

Dell UltraSharp 32 UltraHD Monitor

No, we haven’t gone crazy: we’re actually talking about a Dell monitor. But it’s not just any old screen—it’s the new UltraSharp 32 UltraHD Monitor ($3,500). This 31.5” monitor has enough pixels to support the 4K video format with a 3840 x 2160 resolution, making it ideal for the upcoming Mac Pro—though it also costs $500 more than Apple’s base model. Read More

$170-$550
Peripherals

Sanho HyperJuice 1.5 External Battery for MacBook/iPad/USB

Sanho’s HyperJuice 1.5 ($170-$550) is an external battery pack for your Mac, ranging in capacities from 60Wh (16,000mAh) to 222Wh (61,000mAh). As you might guess, the large batteries allow you to juice up your favorite Mac on the go, and run for up to an extra 53 hours, depending on the machine and capacity you’re using. Each also has twin 12W USB outputs that are capable of recharging even the power-hungriest iPads at full speeds. The hitch: MacBooks use the proprietary MagSafe standard to draw power. As a result, there’s some work to be done before HyperJuice can make an electronic connection for charging. Update: We’ve received HyperJuice 1.5 to check out; click through for our thoughts! Read More

$17
Apps

Daedalic Entertainment Journey of a Roach

It might not be true that cockroaches can survive atomic bombs, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying Daedalic Entertainment’s Journey of a Roach ($17). Set in an apocalyptic future, roaches have mutated into human-like creatures, living in a bomb shelter. In this point and click adventure, you take control of Jim, as he and his pal Bud try to make it to the surface.  Read More

$5+
Extras

Universal Studios Jobs

It made big news through its entire production, from casting to its limited theatrical run, and now you can buy your very own copy of Universal Studios’ Jobs ($5+). While we’re still holding out for the Aaron Sorkin-penned adaptation of Walter Issacson’s Steve Jobs biography, this should tide many people over in the meantime—after all, it has to be better than iSteve, the movie Funny or Die threw together. With a score of 26% on Rotten Tomatoes, go into this one looking for a fun reflection of Apple’s founder, rather than a cinematic masterpiece.  Read More

$160
Cases

Waltzing Matilda Avery Sleeve

There are a few qualities that push the price of tech accessories up, including the use of real leather, and being assembled in America. Waltzing Matilda’s Avery Sleeve ($160) might make more sense, then: the expensive envelope is all real cowhide, 100% American sourced, and manufactured in the USA. And should be the case for the price, it looks really nice. Read More

$329-$649
Mounts

Ergotron WorkFit-A + WorkFit-P Sit-Stand Workstations

Standing while you work surprisingly isn’t cheap. Just a few weeks after we featured Stir’s $4,000 Kinetic Desk, Ergotron has introduced significantly less expensive (but still costly) WorkFit Sit-Stand Workstations. WorkFit-A ($649) supports iMacs, including all 21.5” models and the current, slim, 27” model, while WorkFit-P ($329) is for MacBooks. Both designs feature the same aluminum construction and adjustability, allowing you to raise your Mac up when you’d rather stand than sit. Update: We’ve received WorkFit-P to check out; click through for our thoughts! Read More

€17-€25/~$23-$34
Peripherals

PKparis K'lip Flash Drive

PKparis enjoys playing around with flash drives—we previously covered its minuscule K1, and now the company is back with K’lip (€17-€25/~$23-$34). Coming in 16 and 32GB capacities, it’s not the physical size that’s the star here, but rather the waterproof metal casing and integrated carabiner clip. Read More

Free
Apps

Evernote Web Clipper for Safari

Evernote is rapidly making efforts to become as pervasive as possible, with everything from its apps to a co-branded stylus and even a MacBook sleeve. The company has now updated its Web Clipper for Safari (Free) extension to get even deeper ingrained into your daily tasks. The plugin, which is also available for Chrome and Opera, brings features of Evernote’s main app, as well as Skitch, directly to your computer’s browser. Read More

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