2014 iPad iPhone iPod Buyers' Guide from iLounge.com


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


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


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


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


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


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

April 17, 2013

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


City Prints Apple I + II Schematic Prints

On its website, City Prints reminds us that Steve Jobs wanted his computers to be as beautiful inside as they are outside. That’s why the company offers schematic prints of the Apple I and Apple II ($40-$180). We’re sure Woz is proud to see his work turned into art, ready to be hung on the walls of fanboys around the world. Read More


Raw MacBook Wood Keyboard

Raw is going all in on its wood accessories. First we saw MacBook Wood Skin late last year, and since then it has expanded the lineup to include the MacBook Wood Keyboard ($40). Pretty similar to Lazerwood Industries’ Lazerwood Keys, this set allows you to add a wooden tile to each of your unibody MacBook Pro’s keys. Read More


Bit Wise Magsafe Adapter Key Ring

You have a shiny new MacBook, an old MagSafe Power Adapter, and Apple’s MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter. What’s the best way to keep from losing it? Well, you could just leave it connected to the Power Adapter, but Bit Wise’s MagSafe Adapter Key Ring ($15) offers an alternative if you need to carry it around separately for some reason. Read More


Ikea Fixa 114-Piece Cable Management Set

Even if you’re trying to “cut the cord” with accessories, you probably still have plenty of cables strewn about your desk. We can’t all have work surfaces that look like the neatly arranged tables at the Apple Store, but Ikea’s 114-Piece Cable Management Set ($5) at least gives you the tools to tidy up a bit. Packed with a variety of organizational accessories, it has what you need to hide your cords away. Read More


RadTech ScreenSavrz iMac Screen Cover

If you’re going to be carrying your iMac into the Apple Store, leaving it unused for long periods of time, or just want to keep it free of the kids’ fingerprints, RadTech’s ScreenSavrz ($42-$55) might be for you. Now available for the most recent 21.5” and 27” iMacs, these screen covers come in a variety of colors, as well as a leopard print pattern. Read More


MOS Magnetic Cable Organizer

MOS’s Magnetic Cable Organizer ($24-$40) is a good example of how a Kickstarter campaign should work. Funded in August of 2012, the finished product ended up shipping in December—only about a month past the estimated delivery—and is now available for direct purchase. Available in white or black plastic as well as a premium aluminum version, this eye-catching cable organization system is made to help keep your desk free of the clutter of cords. Read More


Atomic Attic Upcycled iMac Pet Bed

Apple’s newest iMacs may be incredibly thin, but there are some real advantages to the bulbous design of the original G3 models. For example, they can be repurposed into all sorts of cool things, many of which seem to be particularly well-suited for pets. We’ve already seen a Macquarium, and now Etsy seller Atomic Attic is offering the Upcycled iMac Pet Bed ($129). Read More


Lazerwood Industries Lazerwood Keys

Longtime Apple fans may remember the iconic image of the company’s earliest computer, which was housed in a wooden box. A lot has changed since then, but Lazerwood Industries is trying to bring back some of that classic look with Lazerwood Keys ($40-$45)—wooden tiles that fit over the individual keys on your keyboard, combining modern and rustic styles. Read More

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