The Apple Core Hardware Gift Guide 2013

The Apple Core Hardware Gift Guide 2013

Summary: My year end wrap-up of the best Apple hardware and accessories of the year.

TOPICS: Apple, Hardware

JackeryAir external battery – $60

Jackery is a perfect external battery for the iPhone 5s - Jason O'Grady

Mobile technologies require batteries, that's a fact of life. External batteries are especially important because in 2007 Apple decided that gadgets could be smaller and thinner with a fixed (non-removable) battery. It started with the iPhone, and later spread to the iPad and MacBook too. Without the option to swap in a second battery, mobile technologists need to keep a charged battery nearby.  

The world's thinnest portable charger is JackeryAir ($59.99, Amazon) which measures a svelte 4.9 x 2.3 x 0.3 inches and weighs only 5.4 ounces. It's almost the exact size of an iPhone 5 and could hide directly beneath it. In fact, the world's coolest battery would be an inductive JackeryAir that I could attach to my iPhone 6 (Cupertino: are you paying attention?). Anyway, I digress...

The JackeryAir packs 5,000 mAh of juice which will charge a dead iPhone 5s just over three times and it's made of aluminum for that high-quality feel. There's also a status LED, which indicates how much power remains.

Honorable mention: RAVPower Luster battery is a compact, lipstick format 3,000 mAh external battery that features an ultra bright LED flashlight. It comes in gold (to match the iPhone 5s) and it's on sale at Amazon for only $19.95

Topics: Apple, Hardware

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  • Even spam is better

    Than clicking to view each slide. ZDNet - get rid of this type of blog!
  • Apple getting old and boring

    Go back in time to 2010 and this stuff might be interesting. Apple products lost their cool. Microsoft and Google products much more interesting, modern, and not to mention much better value.
    Sean Foley
    • When did you go to sleep?

      Microsoft and Google products have been measuring their creative push as they monitor Apple. Better value is only in the mind of the beholder and Apple is the apple in my eye. Lost their cool? Better check the lines in front of Apple stores around the globe and watch the empty sidewalks in front of Microsoft stores. Modern? Huh?
      Jerry Jividen