PCR's guide to Apple accessories

PCR picks out some of the latest accessories from cables to cases
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Apple is as popular as ever, and now that the firm has unveiled new hardware, now is the time to stock up on the accessories for the vendor’s whole range of products. Jade Burke looks at what’s on the market from the tech giant...

IPAD AIR 2

Distributors: Westcoast, Tech Data

3.1 million pixels are packed into the iPad’s 9.7-inch display, which boasts a resolution of 2048x1536. It runs on an A8X chip that delivers better CPU and graphics performance, while the 64-bit processor delivers faster speeds. Plus it also features Touch ID technology, providing users with more security.

Specs: iSight camera, iOS 8 operating system, 6.1mm thick, 9.7-inch display, up to 10 hour battery life.

SRP: Varies

TRUST UNIVERSAL 10-INCH TABLET STAND

Distributor: Entatech

Designed for 10-inch tablets, this device can prop up either an iPad or an iPad 2, plus it also has an automatic size adjustment for easier mounting. Users can also place their tablet in a horizontal or vertical position, while the solid construction helps to protect devices.

Specs: For 10-inch sized tablets, automatic size adjustment, foldable design.

SRP: £24.99

MANFROTTO KLYP CASE 

Distributor: Manfrotto Distribution

Designed to provide protection for either an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, the Monfrotto case also comes with a small kickstand to prop devices up. Users can also connect it to any supported camera with the tripod adapter, while the six interchangeable lenses included allow users to take photos with various effects.

Specs: LED light, kickstand, surface mount technology, interchangeable lenses.

SRP: From £24.95

STM DUX FOR MACBOOK 

Distributor: Computers Unlimited

The Dux case features reinforced corners and a translucent design, while the polycarbonate and rubberised TBU bracket provides protection for MacBooks. It also comes with textured rubber feet to help keep the device in place on smooth services.

Specs: Available for 11-inch and 13-inch MacBooks, translucent design, open hinge.

SRP: £49.99

SCOSCHE SPORT EARBUDS 

Distributor: Entatech

Using bend-to-fit ear clips and adjustable pivoting drives, these earbuds fit around the user’s ears. The IPX4 rating means the earbuds are both splash-proof and dust-proof, plus they provide 1mm high-efficiency dynamic drivers to support full-range sounds.

Specs: Dual earpiece, 11mm speaker driver, tapIT controls, reinforced strain relief cable.

SRP: £22.51

11500MAH POWER BANK 

Distributors: Spire Technology, Exertis, Northamber, Meroncourt

A 11,500mAh advanced-chemistry battery is included with this power bank, as well as dual USB ports so up to two devices can be charged at the same time. The charger also boasts a LED light status, so users know how much power is left in the bank.

Specs: Integral MicroUSB charging port, compatible with iPhone and iPod devices, over-charge and short circuit protection.

SRP: £55 excluding VAT

POWER CASE 3,200MAH FOR IPHONE 6

Distributor: Exertis

An integrated 3,200mAh SBS provides iPhone 6 users with power, while the pull tab allows users to write and watch videos in the position stand. Plus, an LED charging light tells users how much power is left.

Specs: Lightning connector, stand function, 3,200mAh charging current.

SRP: £44.99

TARGUS ROTATING HARD SHELL KEYBOARD CASE

Distributor: Tech Data

Designed for iPad Air 2 devices, this case can turn an iPad into a laptop with a full-size Qwerty keyboard. Using Bluetooth, consumers can pair an iPad with the case, while the pivoting swivel offers flexible viewing and screen-sharing options.

Specs: Bluetooth connectivity, deigned for iPad Air 2 devices, full-size Qwerty keyboard.

SRP: £89.99

SYNC AND CHARGE DATA CABLE 

Distributor: Exertis

This comes with a lightning cable that allows users to connect devices featuring Apple’s new connector to the USB port of a computer or notebook. It also boasts an LED lighting system, which informs users of the charging status.

Specs: Compatible with devices supporting Lightning port, 70cm in length, LED charging status.

SRP: £23.99

TRANSCEND JETDRIVE LITE

Distributor: Westcoast

These JetDrive cards have been designed for MacBook Air and MacBook Pro devices, and provide users with additional space. The cards have been built with MLC flash and can achieve read speeds of up to 95MB/s and write speeds of up to 60MB/s. Plus, each card comes with a free download of Transcend’s exclusive JetDrive Toolbox software.

Specs: MLC flash technology, resistant to water, dust and shock, compatible with MacBook Pro and Air devices.

SRP: From £31

PORT DESIGNS MANILLE IPAD AIR CASE

Distributor: Northamber

This portfolio closes with a leather flap that keeps it secured at all times, plus the hard shell frame ensures iPads are protected and kept in place. Several video positions are also available, allowing users to watch videos in different situations.

Specs: Leather finish, designed for iPad Air devices, adjustable viewing angle.

SRP: £34.99

KANDEX SYDNEE USB CHARGING STATION

Distributor: Tech Data

Users can charge up to four iPads or iOS devices simultaneously with this Kandex charging station. The individual USB port pumps out 2.1 amps of power for quick charging, while one cord powers the whole device.

Specs: Compatible with iPads, iPhones and iPods, smart charge feature detects which device is being charged, built-in short circuit protection.

SRP: £129.99

SCENTED CANDY CRUSH CASES FOR IPHONE 6

Distributor: Peak Development

Designed for iPhone 6 smartphones, these official Candy Crush scented cases come in a variety of scents, including lemon, mango, strawberry and apple. Made from silicone, the cases are also available in a range of bright colours, plus it also comes with shock absorbing technology to help protect smartphones.

Specs: Scented silicone cases, official Candy Crush product, also available for iPhone 5/5S.

SRP: £14.99

LIFEPROOF NÜÜD FOR IPHONE 6 PLUS

Distributor: Tech Data

Featuring screenless technology, nüüd protects the iPhone 6 from drops, dirt and dunks while opening the touchscreen to direct touch. It can be submerged in two metres of water for up to one hour and has met military standards for drop and shock protection.

Specs: Water tested, designed for iPhone 6 Plus, volume buttons, Touch ID, headphone jack.

SRP: £79.95

PORT DESIGNS TAIPEI IPAD AIR CASE

Distributor: Northamber

This portfolio integrates protective corners designed to protect an iPad Air. The flap closure helps to guarantee proper closure, while the case also boasts a typing position, along with several video positions for when users wish to view content.

Specs: Sleeping mode, flap closure, protective corners, adjustable viewing angle.

SRP: £34.99

ABBYY FINEREADER FOR MAC

Distributor: Binary Distribution

Users can transfer paper documents, PDFs and digital photos of text into editable and searchable files with ABBYY FineReader Pro. The software allows users to edit, search, share, archive and copy information from documents for reuse and quotation.

Specs: OCR quality, text recognition, document formatting reconstruction.

SRP: £79

BITMORE CHARGE AND SYNC CABLE

Distributor: Peak Development

Users can charge Apple devices with Bitmore’s Charge and Sync cable, which has four flip-out connectors stowed inside. It packs a USB, MicroUSB, Apple Lightning and Apple 32 pin to help provide juice to any device. To use, plug the USB device into a USB socket and plug one of the other connectors into your device.

Specs: Multi-tool style charging cable, four connectors, compatible with all Apple devices.

SRP: £9.99

MY ISTICK LIGHTNING USB STICK 32GB/64GB

Distributor: Entatech

Developed with a USB 2.0 connector on one side and an Apple Lightning connector on the other, iStick allows users to connect to iOS devices and computers. Available in either 32GB or 64GB capacities, users can transfer data easily between different devices, plus iStick also comes with a free app to help transfer files.

Specs: Supports MP3, jpg, gif and tiff, USB 2.0, Apple Lightning cable, available in 32BG and 64GB capacities.

SRP: From £79.99

TRANSCEND STOREJET FOR MAC SSD

Distributor: Westcoast

This SJM500 portable SSD comes equipped with Thunderbolt technology and SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interfaces. It can withstand five times greater shock than other drives, providing data protection, while a Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 cable are also included.

Specs: Thunderbolt cable, USB 3.0 cable, metallic design, shock resistant.

SRP: From £190

DICOTA BOOK CASE 

Distributor: Northamber

The Book Case from Dicota boasts Apple wake and sleep functions, which helps to provide long lasting battery life. Users can also create alternative viewing positions with the case, by folding the front flap to form a triangle. In addition, the case features openings for all ports and controls, as well as the camera and speakers.

Specs: Designed for iPad Air devices, Apple wake/sleep function, synthetic leather, 25.4cm in size.

SRP: £25.99

ENERPLEX JUMPR SLATE 5K-L

Distributor: Peak Development

This 5,100mAh power bank boasts an Apple Lightning cable for convenient power on the go, plus it can also fit into a jacket pocket or clip into a binder of a folder. The Slate can also be charged directly from the mains.

Specs: Rubberised and durable design, binder cut outs for storage, 5,100mAh power bank.

SRP: £49.99

SANDISK CONNECT WIRELESS STICK

Distributor: CMS Distribution

Users can wirelessly access media or transfer files, stream HD videos and music, and share photos and videos to and from a mobile device with this wireless stick from SanDisk.

Specs: Compatible with 802.11n wireless network, 64GB and 128GB versions support exFAT file system.

SRP: From £19.99

MACBOOK PRO 

Distributors: Westcoast, Tech Data

Available in either 13-inch or 15-inch variants, a Force Touch trackpad, which detects how much pressure is being applied, is included. Both devices can deliver up to 10 hours of battery life and run on OS X Yosemite.

Specs: Dual-core and quad-core Intel processors, PCIe-based flash storage, Retina display.

SRP: Varies

MANFROTTO DIGITAL DIRECTOR

Distributor: Manfrotto Distribution 

Digital Director works by connecting a Canon or Nikon DSLR camera and an iPad Air or Air 2 to help capture images and shoot videos. It comes with a cable that allows users to control their camera remotely using their Apple device.

Specs: Digital Director app, 10-metre cable, Apple certified.

SRP: £399.95

LMS DATA SOLAR POWERED CHARGER

Distributors: Spire Technology, Exertis, Northamber, Meroncourt

This charger provides fast solar charging thanks to its high- performance photovoltaic (PV) panels, which work alongside a 5,000mAh advanced-chemistry battery.

Specs: Integral USB port, integral Micro USB charging port, 5,000mAh advanced-chemistry battery.

SRP: £65 excluding VAT

3M EASY-ON PRIVACY FILTERS

Distributor: Tech Data

3M’s Easy-On Privacy Filters allow users to view their Apple device in public without the fear of revealing any confidential information. Bubble-free application also allows the privacy filter to be reapplied numerous times.

Specs: Bubble-free application, microlouver technology, anti-glare filters.

SRP: £34.99

IWALK RECHARGEABLE POWER CASE

Distributor: Entatech

Designed for iPhone 6 smartphones, this case has been military drop certified, ensuring it is protected from knocks and drops. It boasts a 2,400mAh Li-Polymer battery and allows users to sync data through the Micro USB cable.

Specs: Anti-slip features, rubberised grips, 2,400mAh Li-Polymer battery.

SRP: £49.99

SCREEN PROTECTOR FOR IPHONE 6

Distributor: Exertis

Thanks to this protector’s metal coating, the case acts like a mirror when a smartphone is not illuminated. In addition, the case protects the screen from any knocks and bumps.

Specs: Mirror effect case, resistant and anti-shock, designed for iPhone 6.

SRP: £14.99

CONTACT

Binary Distribution ........................ 01844 239483 

CMS Distribution .......................... 020 8960 6000 

Computers Unlimited..................020 82 00 82 82

Entatech ........................................ 0333 101 1000 

Exertis (HOME) .............................. 01279 822 822 

Exertis (IT) ...................................... 01256 707070 

Manfrotto Distribution ................. 01530 566090 

Meroncourt ................................... 01462 680060

Northamber .................................. 020 8296 7066 

Peak Development ........................ 01489 796979 

Spire Technology.......................... 01202 828 444 

Tech Data ...................................... 01256 788 000 

Westcoast ...................................... 0118 912 6000

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