Keyboards, Chargers + More: A Comprehensive Guide to Apple Accessories
To help you complete your Apple ecosystem.
(SPOT.ph) There’s no such thing as owning just one Apple device; any dedicated user of the brand would agree. The tech giant’s devices are made to work better—and sometimes work exclusively—with one another. While this rule does apply to standalone devices (i.e. your iPhone effortlessly connects to and syncs with your iPad, Apple Watch, MacBook, et cetera), it’s also true for Apple accessories. If you have an iPhone, for example, then Apple charging cables and adapters will preserve its battery most efficiently and Apple audio devices will pair with it most seamlessly. Similarly, if you have an iMac, Apple’s mice and keyboards will work best with it and even provide you extra functions you typically wouldn’t get if you were to connect non-Apple devices to your computer. So it only makes sense that Apple users tend to favor an all-Mac gadget ecosystem from the main devices all the way down to the smallest accessories.
Apple offers a wide range of accessories—chargers, audio devices, keyboards, adapters, and the like—and while these accessories are updated almost as quickly as their flagship line of laptops, computers, phones, and tablets, it can be hard to keep up with them all. Below, we’ve got a handy and comprehensive guide to all the Apple accessories available on the market right now. That way, you can get a better idea of which accessories you might possibly need and what the best choices would be for the devices you currently own, your personal preferences, and your budget.
From keyboards to chargers and everything in between, these are all the Apple accessories you can shop in 2021:
AirPods (start at P9,490)
Since their original release in late 2016, AirPods—Apple’s version of wireless personal audio devices—have quickly become a favorite for anyone who owns an iPhone, iPad, or MacBook. As of writing, you can shop three versions: There’s the OG AirPods silhouette, which you can opt to buy with a wireless charging case (P11,790) or with a standard charging case (P9,490). Both promise up to five hours of nonstop playback on a full charge and up to 24 hours of use on the case. You can also go for the AirPods Pro (P14,990), released in 2019 and sporting a shorter, but wider charging case as well as an in-ear bud built with active noise cancellation. If you prefer headphones, the AirPods Max (P32,990), first unveiled in December 2020 may be more up your alley. Unlike the earbuds, which both come in all-white designs, you can cop the AirPods Max in several shades including Space Gray, Silver, Green, Sky Blue, and Pink.
iPad Keyboards (start at P8,990)
These days, iPads—once considered more of a support device for your phone or laptop—is now its own standalone tablet and many use it as their main devices for working and a compatible keyboard only makes operation easier. The Smart Keyboard (P8,990), compatible with the 7th and 8th Generation iPads as well as the 3rd generation iPad Air and 10.5-inch iPad Pro, is a reliable option for anyone with those models. Its slim, compact design provides a comfortable typing experience. You can pay just a little extra for the Smart Keyboard Folio (P9,990), which is compatible with newer versions of the iPad Air and iPad Pro and provides front and back protection to your device. Currently, the latest iteration is Magic Keyboard (P16,990), which was released in April 2020. Unlike previous iPad keyboard models, it has its own trackpad.
iMac Keyboard (P6,490)
The Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (P6,490) is built for the iMac and features a complete set of keys and an extended layout, promising seamless scrolling, typing, and gaming. Each key houses a scissor mechanism underneath that allows for increased stability. Up top, the keys’ design provides a comfortable and precise typing experience. Plus, the device is totally wireless with a built-in rechargeable battery that promises to last up to a month between charges.
Apple Pencil (starts at P5,890)
The Apple Pencil was created to make working on the iPad totally seamless and ergonomic, especially if you use it to draw, take down notes, mark documents, or what have you. Thanks to the tilt- and pressure-sensitivity, using the Pencil feels natural on the hand as a real pen scribbling on paper, but with the added precision and guidance of touch-screen technology. You can choose between the first-generation Apple Pencil (P5,890) and the second-generation version (P7,990). The latter can attach magnetically to your iPad case and has a double-tap feature that lets you switch between tools with no fuss.
AirTag (P1,690; P5,790/pack of four)
In April, Apple unveiled—along with their colorful M1-chip iMacs, purple iPhone 12, and most advanced iPad Pro yet—their all-new AirTag. The accessory provides Apple users a way to locate any item it’s attached to (whether house keys, a handbag, a wallet, or what have you) using the Find My App.
Charging Cables (start at P1,190)
Over the years, Apple has revamped and redesigned their line of charging cables to match their ever-updating line of gadgets. As of writing, they have the Lightning to USB Cable, which is the classic version of their Lightning charger, though the newer version features a USB-C socket on the other end. Both versions retail for P1,190 for one-meter cables, but you can also opt for two-meter cables for P1,890. They also have the Apple 30-pin to USB cable (P1,190)—the classic iPhone charger for the OG version of the smartphone all the way until the iPhone 4s as well as earlier iPad models. For laptops and newer iPads, they’ve got the USB-C Charging Cable (P1,190) and the Thunderbolt 3 Cable (P2,490). The latter supports Thunderbolt 3 data transfer up to 40 Gbps and USB 3.1 Gen 2 data transfer up to 10 Gbps.
Power Adapters (start at P1,190)
To match their line of charging cables, Apple has a wide variety of power adapters in the same sleek, all-white colorways. For iPhone chargers, they’ve got the 20W USB-C Power Adapter (P1,190), the 5W USB Power Adapter (P1,290), and the 12W USB Power Adapter (P1,290)—only the first of those three supports the latest cable, which has a USB-C port on the other end and promises faster charging. For their laptops and newer iPad models, Apple has the 30W USB-C Power Adapter (P2,890), the 61W USB-C Power Adapter (P3,890), and the 96W USB-C Power Adapter (P4,490).
MagSafe Chargers (start at P2,490)
If you prefer wireless charging technology or using cable chargers, check out Apple’s MagSafe chargers. They have a single MagSafe Charger (P2,490), which can magnetically attach to the back of your iPhone while charging it as well as the MagSafe Duo Charger (P7,990) if you want to charge two devices at once. Just make sure the device supports wireless charging technology—the iPhone 8 onwards, AirPods 2, AirPods Pro, and Apple Watch should all work with the duo charger. Plus, keep your eyes out for the soon-to-release MagSafe Battery Pack, a portable power bank with MagSafe technology that you can use everywhere you go.
Magic Mouse (P3,990)
The only mouse Apple has right now is the Magic Mouse 2, a perfect companion for your MacBook or iMac. The rechargeable device does away with traditional batteries, promising a slim, lightweight build that provides smooth movement across your desk and on your screen. The Multi-Touch surface allows you to perform simple gestures (the way you would on your phone screen) like swiping through web pages and scrolling through documents.
Magic Trackpad (P6,490)
If you prefer a trackpad to a mouse, you can pair Apple’s Magic Trackpad 2 with your iMac or iPad Pro. Ultra-slim, wireless, and rechargeable, the device promises user-friendly functionality with a surface that lets you click anywhere and can detect subtle differences in the amount of pressure your fingertips apply. Plus, the built-in battery can power the trackpad for about a month before you need to charge it again.
Adapters (start at P1,190)
To connect Apple devices to external gadgets or older models, the brand offers several adapters. The Lighting Digital AV Adapter (P2,890) equips your phone and selected iPad models with HDMI and USB-C ports—perfect for work presentations. You can do the same with older iPhone and iPad models using the Apple 30-pin Digital AV Adapter (P2,490). You can also charge your iPhone and iPad with older charging cables using the Lightning to Micro USB Adapter (P1,190) and the Lightning to 30-pin Adapter (P2,490). They also have the Lightning to USB Camera Adapter (P1,890), which lets you download photos and videos from your digital camera to your iPhone or iPad or the Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader (P1,890), which lets you do the same, but from an SD card instead of a camera. There’s also a Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter (P2,490), which equips your phone or iPad with USB and USB-C ports. They offer all the same attachments with USB-C plugs instead of lightning plugs so you can attach various ports to your MacBook, iMac, or iPad.
Docks (start at P2,490)
You can charge or sync your iPhone while also leaving it upright on your desk with Apple’s charging docks. You’ll love using it while working on your laptop or iPad, so you can get a clear view of your phone screen without having to hold it or tilt your head at an awkward angle. You can cop the plain white dock for P2,490 while the Gold, Silver, and Space Gray models go for P2,890 a piece.
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