It’s that time of the year where folks begin getting the latest and greatest Apple products. But whether you’ve picked up a new iPhone or iPad for yourself, or a loved one, make sure you get the best accessories. There’s a vast array of endless third-party accessory options, but today, we’re taking a look at the best Apple accessories out there.
- Best Apple Accessories for iPhone
- Best Apple Accessories for Mac
- Best Apple Accessories for iPad
- Best Apple Accessories for Apple Watch
- What Are Your Favorite Accessories?
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Best Apple Accessories for iPhone
The MagSafe Battery Pack is Apple’s solution for those who need a little extra juice to get through the day. It offers charging speeds up to 15W and automatically aligns on your iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 thanks to MagSafe. You can even go so far as to plug in the iPhone and Battery Pack at the same time and charge both devices.
For one reason or another, Apple has decided to stick with Lightning on the iPhone and a few other Apple accessories. This move comes as a bit of a frustration, but things are made a little bit easier thanks to the USB-C to Lightning cable. This cable is compatible with all of Apple’s Power Adapters, and pretty much anything else that uses USB-C or Lightning.
Speaking of power adapters, the iPhone 13 is capable of charging from 0 to 50% in just 30 minutes, but you’ll need at least a 20W Power Adapter to do so. This wall plug from Apple fits the bill, or you can use it to plug in your MagSafe charging puck or any of your other accessories.
Gone are the days where you could just plug in your traditional headphones into the iPhone. The 3.5mm headphone jack has been removed for years, but if you really would rather use some over-ear cans or just don’t like Bluetooth headphones, you can grab this Lightning to 3.5mm adapter.
Apple’s latest AirPods bring many of the features offered by the AirPods Pro, including a strikingly-similar design. You’ll miss out on things like Active Noise Cancellation, but the AirPods 3 make up for it by including a MagSafe-compatible charging case, along with an audio experience that is unmatched.
Best Apple Accessories for Mac
This 140W Power Adapter may seem like a bit of overkill, but it’s the best way to charge your 2021 16-inch MacBook Pro as fast as possible. When using this charger and MagSafe 3, your MacBook Pro and its massive battery can go from 0 to 50% in just about 30 minutes. Pretty impressive for a laptop of this size.
You can never have too many backup cables, which is why we recommend grabbing an extra USB-C to MagSafe 3 cable. Thanks to the power of MagSafe 3, you can take advantage of Apple’s new fast charging for the MacBook Pro series, and this also works with the 14-inch 2021 MacBook Pro.
Apple’s Magic Mouse may be getting a bit long in the tooth, but it’s still the best “Apple” option for those who want a mouse for the Mac. The Magic Mouse features a multi-touch surface allowing you to perform an array of gestures, just like you would if you were using the trackpad on your MacBook Pro. It also includes a USB-C to Lightning cable for when it comes to re-charge the mouse, or if you need to pair it with a new Mac.
The AirPods Max is arguably Apple’s most ambitious product release since the Apple Watch. Following the success of the entire AirPods lineup, Apple finally got into the over-the-ear headphones game with these premium headphones. AirPods Max is available in five different colors, and you can even pick up a set of extra earpads to mix and match the colors to create a style that works for you.
Best Apple Accessories for iPad
No matter what iPad you get, the ensemble isn’t complete until you pick up the Apple Pencil. Whether you just like to take notes or want to sit down and draw to unwind, the Apple Pencil is a phenomenal piece of technology. And if you own one of the newer iPad models with a bezel-less design, the Pencil magnetically attaches to the edge of the case, charging at the same time.
If you are looking for a thin and lightweight keyboard for your iPad that doubles as a case, the Smart Keyboard Folio does the trick. You’ll never have to worry about charging the keyboard and can leave it attached to your iPad all of the time. The Folio offers a couple of different angles when propping up your iPad, aiming to provide a comfortable typing experience.
With Apple’s Magic Keyboard, this is the most premium typing experience you can get, short of connecting something like a mechanical keyboard to your iPad Pro. The Magic Keyboard offers a floating design, meaning that it suspends your iPad above the keyboard, creating a more ergonomic profile when trying to get some work done. There’s also an additional USB-C charging port built into the side, for those who need to keep their iPad’s charged.
Not only is Thunderbolt 3 a great way to connect some of the best peripherals to your Mac, but it also offers fast transfer speeds and 100W charging capabilities. Using Thunderbolt 3, you can daisy chain up to six devices at the same time, or just connect your portable SSD to back everything up from the Mac faster than ever.
Until the 2021 MacBook Pro lineup debuted, Apple forced Mac fans to live in “dongle-town”. The company is finally moving back in the right direction when it comes to port selection, but not every Mac includes a built-in SD card reader. With this USB-C adapter, you can quickly plug in your SD card and transfer files back and forth with ease.
Best Apple Accessories for Apple Watch
The MagSafe Duo made its debut with the iPhone 12 and Apple Watch Series 6, but is the ultimate charging accessory for those who travel frequently. It falls short of being as versatile as the fabled AirPower charger, but it comes pretty close. With the MagSafe Duo, you can take this with you anywhere and make sure that both your iPhone and Apple Watch have enough juice.
Arguably the best way for everyone to “customize” their Apple Watch is to accessorize it with different bands. Thankfully, Apple has more than enough bands to choose from and usually releases new options with every changing season. Apple’s current lineup includes different materials ranging from Silicone or Nylon and going up to Leather or a Milanese Loop.
Apple finally rectified one of the biggest frustrations when it came to the Apple Watch, and that’s charging speeds. With the Apple Watch Series 7, you can charge from 0 to 80% in about 45 minutes and it’s all possible thanks to this new Magnetic Fast Charger. Apple stopped short of calling it MagSafe during the keynote, but this is about as close to MagSafe on the Apple Watch as we’re going to get.
There’s something to be said about having a charging dock for your Apple Watch at your disposal pretty much anywhere. The MagSafe Duo has you covered while you’re traveling, but Apple’s Magnetic Charging Dock is the perfect nightstand companion. You won’t need to route any cables through it, but instead, just provide a power adapter for the wall, and then you can throw your Apple Watch on it whenever you need extra juice at home.
What Are Your Favorite Accessories?
It’s pretty impressive to see all of the different accessories that Apple has to offer for its vast lineup of devices. There’s really something here for anyone, such as being able to grab a Leather Link watchband if the Silicone Sport band doesn’t do the trick. Want a more robust keyboard solution for the iPad Air or iPad Pro? Get the Magic Keyboard. Do you want some new headphones for any of your Apple devices? Check out the AirPods. Let us know what your favorite Apple accessories are!
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.