We tell you the best Apple products to get yourself or someone else this Christmas!
It's that time of year again! Apple have released a lot of new products this year, and we'll be helping you decide what products are good to get for someone this Christmas, no matter who they are.
We will not list prices or direct links in this article as prices will differ and some products may be discounted from Black Friday. We also recommend not purchasing the product directly from Apple, as retailers like John Lewis or Argos offer cheaper prices and 2-year warranty as well.
iPad 2018 (6th Gen)
BEST FOR: MOST PEOPLE
The iPad 6, launched earlier this year, has Apple Pencil support, an A10X processor, along with the classic iPad design with home button and Touch ID. This iPad will be a great gift for most people who use a tablet for watching videos and doing general tasks. As a bonus, you could also get the Pencil (1st Gen) for drawing and creating art on. It's Apple's cheapest iPad. This one's also great for most students!
iPad Pro 2018
BEST FOR: ARTISTS AND CREATORS
The new iPad Pro features an all-screen design, an overkill A12X processor (faster than most computers), Face ID and Apple Pencil 2 support. It also features a hefty price tag too, and due to that, we can only recommend it for creative people, like artists and musicians, who can take advantage of the Pencil 2 and large screen. Keep in mind - you need to buy the Pencil separately.
BEST FOR: LIGHT USERS ON THE GO
The MacBook Air is the cheapest new Mac that Apple sells, with an Intel i5 chip inside, Touch ID, an improved design and screen along with the very thin body, that's light. The Air is for anybody who wants a Mac for general browsing, light tasks and basic editing, and for people who are on the go and travel around too. You can get it in Space Grey, Gold and Silver, and the base configuration is 128GB of storage (not much).
TIP: If you want to upgrade the storage, that's £200 extra & you should just consider the MacBook Pro 13" at this price range.
MacBook Pro 13"
BEST FOR: BASIC CREATORS
People who want to edit videos and photos without lag, should consider the MacBook Pro 13 inch over the Air 2018. It has different Intel processor configurations (and storage) and comes in different colours. The MBP 13" is the second cheapest MacBook and good for basic video editing, browsing, photo viewing and creative tasks like creating music. Keep in mind that it doesn't come with the TouchBar.
BEST FOR: DESKTOP CREATORS
The Mac Mini is quite a powerhouse! The new model comes in Space Grey and has Ethernet, USB ports and output ports too. We recommend this one for creators who like using desktop and want to use their own monitor (unlike the iMac). You can customise it to your liking when speccing it out, too.
BEST FOR: DESKTOP USERS
The iMac has Intel proccessor configurations, with 1TB of storage as default and a 4K screen, too. The design hasn't changed but looks very premium and is great for users who like working at desks and on desktop computers. It comes with a wide range of ports and is capable of editing video in 4K and running heavy apps like Photoshop. You can get the baseline iMac for around £1000 now, too!
BE AWARE: The iMac hasn't been updated since 2017 so comes with 7th Gen processors. If you wait until 2019, you'll also get a new design too.
iPhone 8 Plus
BEST FOR: HOME BUTTON LOVERS
The iPhone 8 Plus, 2017, comes with a powerful A11 chip, wireless charging and a great battery life, along with a nice camera. We recommend you get this for someone who may prefer the home button and "classic" iPhone design (e.g older generation user) rather than the new gesture-based system. Keep in mind that it's a year old, but is still being sold at a good price too.
BEST FOR: BASICALLY ANYONE
The iPhone XR is the "budget" iPhone of this year. The specs are nearly the same as the XS - A12 processor, improved camera, notch and Face ID. However, the screen is an LCD rather than OLED, and isn't waterproof either. The phone is priced around £750, because of that screen, and also the single camera (which, by the way is still excellent and you get Portrait Mode too!). Get this phone for basically anyone who needs a new iPhone - it's priced fantastically for an iPhone.
iPHONE XS/MAX: If you need a larger iPhone, the XS Max is the one. It starts at £1,149 however, so really consider that. The iPhone XS starts at £999.
Amazon Echo (2nd gen)
You're right - this isn't an Apple product. But, we just can't recommend the HomePod as a gift for someone this Christmas - Siri's terrible, it only works with Apple Music and costs far too much for what it does. We'll have to go with the Amazon Echo - and soon, you'll be able to get Apple Music on that too! The speaker isn't as good as the HomePod, but it has a wide range of features and skills. Sorry, Apple.
That's our guide for Christmas this year - we hope you like it. Don't hesitate to get in touch with us on our social media or via email if you're stuck choosing Apple products for the holidays! Remember, shop around for the best deals - don't just go straight to Apple.com.
Happy Christmas, and a Happy New Year!