2014 iPad iPhone iPod Buyers' Guide from iLounge.com

$300
Speakers

Harman/Kardon Nova 2.0 Wireless Stereo Speaker System

There’s no question Harman/Kardon has extremely talented designers, and its latest speaker set, Nova ($300), is just the latest example. The beautiful system comes with a pair of stereo speakers, each with a clear body, and either white or black accents. Its various input methods allow you to connect to pretty much every device; there’s a 3.5mm plug to connect to standard headphone ports, optical audio for Apple TV and the like, plus Bluetooth. Read More

$40
November 20, 2013
Peripherals

Atama Sesame

Concerned about safety on your Mac? Worried someone might break in when you step away? That’s exactly the issue Atama’s Sesame ($40) is made to address. A small fob, Sesame uses Bluetooth 4.0 to automatically lock and unlock your Mac, all based on proximity. In an office setting, it could be a really valuable solution. Read More

Free
Apps

Amazon Cloud Player

Amazon’s impressed us with the strength of its MP3 catalog, and the frequent deals it offers on albums. A lot of times, we find ourselves going there for music instead of iTunes, especially because the whole process has been made so simple. Now it’s taking a crack at a music playback app for OS X, essentially replicating the “tunes” part of iTunes. Amazon Cloud Player (Free) was previously accessible over the web, but now it can be downloaded directly to your Mac. Read More

$99
November 15, 2013
Peripherals

Connected Data Transporter Sync

There’s no question that cloud storage is a valuable technological advancement, however many people have understandable security concerns about sending personal information to big companies’ servers. With its Transporter products, Connected Data provides the benefits of providing access to your data from anywhere while keeping it stored safely in your own home, instead of on somebody else’s server farm. Transporter Sync ($99) is the latest member of the family, and also the least expensive.  Read More

CalDigit Thunderbolt Station

Consumers may not be clamoring for Thunderbolt accessories, but considering the number of products that continue to be introduced, we have to imagine there’s a market for them at the professional level. The latest is CalDigit’s Thunderbolt Station ($199). Much like Belkin’s long-delayed, finally-released Thunderbolt Express Dock, this breakout box turns a single Thunderbolt connection into a handful of useful ports. Read More

$20-$35
Extras

Kor Delta, One + Vida Hydration Vessels

If you can look past Kor’s eyebrow-arching use of the phrase “hydration vessels,” one sip will immediately demonstrate why the company’s beautifully-designed products aren’t just your standard water bottles. Unlike other bottles we’ve tried, Kor’s threadless “Perfect Spout” has been specifically designed to feel smooth on your lips, using a flip-open locking top to stay shut when you’re carrying it around. And between the original model One ($30-$35), more easily-toted Delta ($20-$23), and metal Vida ($22-$25), there are plenty of options to match the look of any Mac you may be using, from early iMac-like bright plastic colors to the varied metals of later and recent machines. Read More

$40,000-$60,000+
November 23, 2013
Macs

Apple Mac Pro for (RED)

Jony Ive’s approach to fixing one of the world’s most noteworthy ills: paint everything red. Well, that’s oversimplifying the man’s major recent charitable endeavors, but the single Mac Pro for (RED) (est. $40,000-$60,000+) isn’t the first piece in the collaboration between Ive and Marc Newson to get a new coat for charity. It’ll be auctioned off by Sotheby’s on November 23, 2013 to support the PRODUCT (RED) campaign. Read More

$TBD
November 2013
Peripherals

Promise Pegasus2

Thunderbolt 2 is real! We expected the new standard to make its debut with the Mac Pro, and while that was the first machine with announced support, the new MacBook Pro with Retina displays have the ports too, and are available now. To go along with them, we’re starting to see some of the first accessories made to support Thunderbolt 2, including Promise’s Pegasus2 ($TBD). Read More

Free
Apps

Apple iWork (2014)

How long has it been since iWork got a legitimate update? Well, stop counting the years. Pages, Numbers, and Keynote make up iWork (2014), and they’re all available as free updates and fresh downloads, starting today. All three apps have been rewritten to be faster and smarter. Read More

Free
Apps

Apple iLife (2014)

Apple’s software engineers have been pretty darn busy. In addition to iOS 7 and Mavericks this year, the company has just announced new versions of iLife for the Mac; iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand (Free) have all been updated, and are available today. Now, the apps look a lot like their also-updated iOS counterparts. Oh, and they’re all free. Read More

$1,299-$2,599
Macs

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display (Late 2013)

If you’ve been in the market for a new Mac Book Pro, now’s a good time to take a serious look. At its fall product event, Apple introduced brand new 13” and 15” MacBook Pros with Retina displays ($1,299-$2,599). Not only are they faster and cheaper, but the 13” model has been slimmed down to an even smaller size. Both machines also see updates to components such as Wi-Fi and inputs. Read More

Free
Apps

Apple OS X Mavericks

Bye bye big cats; here comes OS X Mavericks (Free). Introduced at WWDC 2013 and rehashed at the company’s fall event, Apple’s newest Mac operating system release is loaded with all sorts of new features, and is the first release in a series named after locations in California. Just like the rumors suggested, there’s tabbed Finder browsing. It’s just like Safari, but allows you to easily access and move documents across what would have been, in the past, multiple folders. Even cooler: tagging. You can tag your files with different colors and categories, and easily sort them in the Finder sidebar. Oh, and it’s all free. That’s right, for the first time, Apple is letting anyone running Snow Leopard or later update their Mac, for no charge. Read More

$15
Apps

Feral Interactive SEGA Superstars Tennis

We can almost picture Sonic saying, “hey, I want in, too!” as he watches Mario and his crew playing tennis. Now he has his chance, as SEGA Superstars Tennis ($15) brings together the company’s flagship character and his friends in a fun take on tennis. Expect more than grass and clay courts, and simple serves and volleys. This game travels across crazy levels, with all sorts of fun gameplay features. Read More

€35-€65/~$48-$89
Peripherals

PKparis K'1 USB 3.0 Flash Drive

We never cease to be amazed by how small storage devices are becoming. Take PKparis’ K’1 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (€35-€65/~$48-$89). Available in 32GB and 64GB capacities, there really aren’t any words to describe it other than tiny. Plug it into your Mac, and it almost disappears, adding additional storage without adding much profile. Read More

$1,300
Camera

Sony RX10

Superzoom cameras are typically point and shoots coupling powerful lenses with weak sensors, so Sony’s new RX10 ($1,300) has just jumped ahead of the pack. While it may look like a DSLR, it’s slightly smaller, and doesn’t allow for interchangeable lenses. For the relatively high price, you get the impressive 20.2-megapixel sensor Sony used in the RX100-II camera, enabling superior color accuracy and low-light shots, plus plenty of high-quality tech that you’d normally not find in a superzoom. Read More

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