2014 iPad iPhone iPod Buyers' Guide from iLounge.com

$25
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This Is Ground Cordlupa

This Is Ground has products called Cord Taco and Cordito; Cordlupa ($25) only makes sense to round out the family. The faux leather band serves just one purpose, and that’s to wrap up your MacBook’s power brick and cord, keeping them bundled when you’re on the go. Read More

$126
February 25, 2014
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Maclocks Mac Pro Lock Security Bracket with Security Cable Lock

Unlike its giant and hard to steal predecessors, the new Mac Pro is… portable enough to make a purchaser worry about leaving one out in the open. So it wasn’t much of a surprise when we came across Maclocks’ new Mac Pro Lock Security Bracket with Security Cable Lock ($126*). The company known for securing Macs and iPads of all kinds is back at it again, this time prepared to lockdown Apple’s newest and most expensive machine. Read More

$5+
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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

$40
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Flipside Wallets Flipside 3X

In an ideal world, our iPhones would already have replaced our wallets for almost everything, holding credit, debit, and ID cards as data rather than plastic. But with Apple’s Touch ID sensors limited solely to iTunes Store purchases via the iPhone 5s, and Passbook making only slow progress towards holding tickets and passes, it looks like we’ll all be using physical wallets for some time to come. That’s why we sought out Flipside Wallets last year, falling in love with its hard plastic, spring-loaded, RFID-shielded model 2X. This month, the company released a new model called Flipside 3X ($40), and it’s quite literally the best modern wallet design we’ve been able to find—something we will always carry along with our MacBooks, and one that’s notably offered in colors to match the iPhone 5c. Read More

$30
End of November, 2013
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Just Mobile HoverPad

Hey, remember mouse pads? The once ubiquitous and usually foam mats may have disappeared from most desks around the world, but they’re not totally dead yet. Just Mobile’s newly introduced HoverPad ($30) is a fancier take on the accessory, suitable for sitting next to your Mac, and beneath your Magic Mouse. Read More

$70
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Maclocks MacBook Pro Retina Lock Bracket

The name might not be totally clear—Maclocks uses several different product names on its own page—but what’s obvious is the purpose behind the company’s MacBook Pro Retina Lock Bracket ($70). It secures your 13” or 15” MacBook Pro with Retina display, making sure the computer doesn’t wander away when you get up. Because Apple has all but eliminated Kensington lock slots on its machines, third-party options such as this one are necessary. Read More

$20-$35
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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

$75-$300
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Ridgewood Publishing Iconic: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation

There’s never been a question that Apple makes beautiful products; that fact is built into the company’s DNA. Ridgewood Publishing’s new coffee table book Iconic: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation ($75-$300) celebrates the history of Apple’s designs in photographs. Broken up into chapters covering desktops, portables, iDevices, prototypes, and packaging, it’s a journey through the history of the company, and its products. Read More

$25+
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iSkin ProTouch Silicone Keyboard Protector

We’re generally ambivalent about silicone keyboard covers, but iSkin’s ProTouch line ($25+) has some interesting entries. Of course there are plain, see-through options, but there are also covers that are specifically useful for different tasks and users. Here are three of those options. Read More

$30
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Twelve South SurfacePad for MacBook

One of Twelve South’s earliest accessories, SurfacePad ($30), has been redesigned for 2013. Now available for both sizes of the MacBook Air, as well as 13” and 15” non-Retina MacBook Pros, the already minimalistic design of the leather palm rest has been slimmed down even further. Why isn’t there a Retina version? Twelve South links to this Apple article, which says the tolerances are too tight for such accessories.  Read More

$40+
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Maclocks iMac Cable Lock + RAM Security Plate

At home, the idea of locking down your Mac—especially a large, heavy iMac—doesn’t really make sense, but in education and business environments, this may be an important consideration. Not surprisingly, Maclocks has a solution for Apple’s desktop machines with its iMac Cable Lock ($40+). A six-foot long steel cable can be wrapped around your desk or table, and then the lock gets snapped into the slot beneath the power port; two keys are included to unlock it. Even more interesting is the optional $10 RAM Security Plate—a solution to a little-discussed problem. Read More

$50
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Kensington MicroSaver Ultrabook Laptop Keyed Lock

Hopefully, no one will try to steal your MacBook. But just in case it ever happens, you’ll want to be ready. Since MacBook Airs and Retina-equipped MacBooks don’t have lock-slots, Kensington has come up with a solution called the MicroSaver Ultrabook Laptop Keyed Lock ($50). You’ll have to blemish your laptop’s lid to use it, but for users in high-risk environments, that’s better than losing it altogether. Read More

$20
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Thought Out MagStay MS-01

When Steve Jobs introduced the MagSafe power adapter back in 2006, he said it was made to prevent your notebook from flying across the room if someone tripped over the cord. That was a great idea, but what are you supposed to do if you’d rather your MagSafe not pull right out—an issue that MagSafe 2 users have found particularly troubling? Thought Out has a solution: MagStay MS-01 ($20). Its one and only purpose is to hold the MagSafe 2 adapter in place on the 13” or 15” MacBook Pro with Retina display. Read More

€199+/~$261+
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Uncover Custom MacBook Lids

Chances are you’ve seen a Snow White or Banksy decal on the back of someone’s Mac, incorporating the glowing Apple logo into a larger image. But what would you say to a design that’s actually cut into the metal lid? This is what Uncover offers with its custom MacBook lids (€199+/~$261+). Available for all aluminum MacBooks, the range of artist-designed and tailor made images means you can have a computer that is truly unique from everyone else’s. Read More

Free
April 17, 2013
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Funny or Die iSteve

The Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher was shown at the Sundance Film Festival, and Aaron Sorkin is writing the screenplay for one based on Walter Isaacson’s official biography of Apple’s late CEO. It’s not surprise that so many artists want to have their chance to tell the story of such an influential man, but what is surprising is who’s going to be the first with a wide release. Comedy video site Funny or Die will release iSteve (Free) tomorrow, after being delayed due to the bombing in Boston. Read More

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