Welcome to AppleInsider's 2019 Holiday Gift Guide. Below you'll find a collection of our favorite and most promising products of the year, along with quick links to in-depth reviews and price-saving links for all.
If you're looking to upgrade to a new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, the fall holiday season is always a good time to do so. The 13-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro ranges both offer high performance with Intel processors equipped with up to four cores in the 13-inch model, up to an eight-core i9 for the new 16-inch, as well as maximum memory capacities of 16GB and 64GB respectively, and storage of up to 8TB. For those looking for portability and price, the MacBook Air is still no slouch with its dual-core Core i5 processor and up to 16GB of memory, but retains its thin profile with a body tapering down to a thinness of just 0.16 of an inch and a weight of just 2.75 pounds.
As the entry-level tablet in Apple's range, the iPad is a very attractive proposition, with Apple equipping it with a larger 10.2-inch Retina display instead of the usual 9.7-inch version of earlier models, while still packing in an A10 Fusion processor, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and support for the original Apple Pencil. Anyone who wants a bit more performance may want to try the iPad Air, which offers a marginally bigger 10.5-inch TrueTone Retina screen and ups the processor to the more recent A12 Bionic with Neural Engine. Both models are great choices for children and those who just want to consume videos from the comfort of their bed or armchair, or on the move.
The latest iteration of Apple's wearable device, the Apple Watch Series 5, upgrades the display technology to LTPO OLED that is always on, instead of turning off when not in use, allowing wearers to always be able to see the time without needing to move their wrist in a gesture. The great features of the Apple Watch Series 4, including the second-generation optical heart sensor and built-in ECG functionality, are all included in the new model, along with the compass functionality to bolster its navigational capabilities. With the addition of the Apple Watch App Store, the always-available, fitness-monitoring timepiece has become even more useful, and gives less reason to peek at your iPhone.
If you want an all-in-one computing device, you can't go wrong with a stylish iMac. The 21.5-inch Retina 4K offers a resolution of 4096 by 2304 pixels with up to 500 nits of brightness and Wide color (P3) support, and can be equipped with a six-core 3.2GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 32 GB of memory, and a 1 terabyte solid state drive. Going one stage larger, the 27-inch Retina 5K boasts a resolution of 5120 by 2880, with processors ranging from a six-core 3GHz Core i5 to an eight-core Core i7 clocked at 3.6GHz, and up to 64 gigabytes of memory.
Swiftly becoming an iconic accessory in its short lifetime, the AirPods are arguably one of the most desirable audio devices on the market. Connecting to an iPhone using the H1 headphone chip for a stable wireless connection and a high-quality sound, the AirPods include smart features like muting each earpiece when they are removed and re-enabling them once worn, controlling music with taps and touches, and beamforming microphones for filtering out external noise and to enhance user speech. Offering up to 5 hours of listening time on a single charge and up to a total of 24 hours when used with the charging case, along with fast charging of three hours of usage from 15 minutes of charging, the AirPods can enable users to spend many hours listening to their music or catch up on their podcasts.
A leap ahead in terms of design and performance, the iPad Pro offers more to its users in many ways. Two sizes are available, using a 12.9-inch or 11-inch Liquid Retina display with ProMotion technology and True Tone, backed by the A12X Bionic chip with Neural Engine and up to 1 terabyte of storage. Compatible with the second-generation Apple Pencil with onboard wireless charging for the stylus, the iPad Pro line is also compatible with the Smart Keyboard Folio, uses Face ID instead of Touch ID, and has a USB-C connector enabling it to be used with external storage devices, monitors, and other peripherals. Apple offers the iPad Pro in Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular versions, and in a choice of silver and space gray casings.
Apple's annual upgrade brought with it extra cameras, with the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max all having an extra Ultra Wide camera, bringing the iPhone 11 to two cameras and 3 for the Pro line, as well as a new Night Mode photography setting. Equipped with the new A13 Bionic chip with the third-generation Neural Engine, the trio all have longer battery life, IP68 dust and water resistance to a depth of 2 meters for the iPhone 11 and 4 meters for the Pro models, and the new U1 Ultra Wideband chip for faster AirDrops of files with other users. The iPhone 11 is offered in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities in a choice of six colors, while the Pro duo are available in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB versions and in a range of four colors.
Bringing the power of the iPhone and iPad to your TV, the Apple TV 4K is a set-top box for streaming content from a variety of different services, as well as Apple's own storefronts, which can be synchronized and watched across all your devices via the Apple TV app. Offering 4K HDR and Dolby Atmos support, the Apple TV 4K is also a gaming system, with games available both through the App Store and via the Apple Arcade subscription. With the launch of Apple TV+, there's no better time to acquire an Apple TV 4K, especially since buying the set-top box offers a free year of access to Apple's original video content, saving users $4.99 per month.
Forgoing brilliant sound outdoors is a thing of the past with the Sonos Move. Able to be picked up, separated from the dock, and taken anywhere wire-free, the Sonos move is a durable, battery-powered smart speaker for indoor and outdoor use. When near your home — say out on the patio — the speaker can continue to stream over Wi-Fi. Away from your home? Press a button on the back to switch the speaker to Bluetooth mode. AppleInsider went hands-on with the Sonos Move and was very impressed with the sound...quite the accomplishment for an indoor-outdoor speaker.
Master & Dynamic's MW07 Go sound exceptional, look stylish, are quite durable, have IPX6 water and sweat resistance, a great fabric-wrapped case, and wonderful battery life. At $199, they also come in with a similar price point to AirPods. After listening to the MW07 Go for a few days, it makes going back to AirPods difficult. We love the flawless connection of AirPods, but the audio quality is lacking compared to the MW07, becoming more apparent the longer we compared the two. If you are looking for some great premium headphones with a more affordable price tag, or simply want an outstanding pair for workouts, then the MW07 Go is where it's at.