Apple is undoubtedly one of the hottest tech and consumer brands in the world and they should easily sell more than 2 million Macs and 20 million iPods in the upcoming holiday quarter. With all the Mac gear out there it's sometimes hard to choose. Here are my picks for the best bargain Apple products this holiday season.
If you're a klutz (like me) or just like to keep your iPhone in one piece you really need to use a case. The Otterbox Defender case for the iPhone 3G provides maximum protection for your shiny handset and keeps it safe from the inevitable drop on the pavement. It's a combination hard case with a silicone skin over top. As a bonus it has covers over all the ports and a built-in cover to protect the screen.
One knock on the iPhone is its lack of a replaceable battery. The Richard Solo 1800 mAh battery solves this problem with an external pack that has 50 percent more power than the previous model. Fully charged the Richard Solo 1800 has enough juice to completely recharge the iPhone's 1400 mAh battery with power to spare.
When you plug it into an outlet (standard mini USB connection) it intelligently charges the iPhone's internal battery before it charges the external battery. It also includes a bright white LED flashlight and laser pointer.
Price: $70Griffin PowerDock
The Griffin Technology PowerDock is perfect for polyiPodic households. It gives you two iPod/iPhone docking stations to simultaneously charge your gadgets – without stealing your docking cable in the process. Inserts are include for every type of iPod and the iPhone and a four-bay model is available for gluttons.
Price: $50-$70NewerTech Voyager
Most people have a few extra hard drive laying around and it's a pain to keep track of what's on them some times. The NewerTech Voyager is the perfect dock to connect all of your SATA drives – it supports 2.5-inch (notebook) and 3.5-inch (desktop) mechanisms – to your Mac.
Connect it to your Mac with one of the included FireWire, USB or eSATA cables, drop in a raw hard drive and go. Swapping hard drives is a simple as powering it off and inserting another raw drive.
Price: $99NewerTech 11 piece portable toolkit
Do you like to tinker or take your gadgets apart? The 11 piece portable toolkit (US$18) from NewerTech includes everything you need to open most Apple notebooks and iPods.
The super-useful toolkit features a variety of straight blade and Philips head screwdrivers, Torx drivers, a scissor clamp, tweezers, and two nylon “spudger” pry tools organized in a padded nylon carrying case.