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MacRumors Gift Guide by Husain: 'Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection', HBO Now and More

For the past week MacRumors editors and writers have been sharing gift guides featuring hand-picked items for the holidays. Thus far, we've seen gift guides from Juli, Joe, Mitchel, Marianne, Eric, Matt and one featuring your holiday suggestions. Today, I end our series of gift guides with my own. This gift guide was written by me, Husain Sumra, and it's filled with items that I either really love and use frequently or items that I'm lusting for in the hope that they make my day easier. Anker PowerCore+ mini - $9.99 While there are a lot of small external batteries, there are none that I enjoy using more than the Anker PowerCore+ mini. It comes in a small, lipstick-sized package that has plenty of power for my iPhone 6. It's small enough to slip into your pocket or purse, but it also has a premium metal finish that's oddly fun to hold. It feels sturdy and solid rather than a cheap toy, which makes it a nice companion to the iPhone if you care about the feel of your products. The best feature of the PowerCore+ mini though is its price, which gives it a huge advantage over similar external batteries on the market. Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection - $89.99 With Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening on December 18, there's no better time to revisit the complete Star Wars collection. Yes, even the prequels. While The Digital Movie Collection doesn't include the unedited original trilogy, it is the most convenient way to watch these movies. Not only can you watch them on your Apple TV or Mac, but you can watch them on your iPad Pro or iPhone, too.

MacRumors Video Gift Guide by Matt: Inateck iPad Sleeves, Jaybird X2 Earbuds, Moko Apple Watch Bands, and More

We've been sharing a selection of gift guides on MacRumors, featuring Apple-related accessories hand-picked by the MacRumors team from some of our absolute favorite products. Our latest gift guide comes in video format and was created by our videographer, Matt. Matt doesn't write posts, but he does handle most of our videos over on YouTube, so make sure to subscribe to our channel to see more of Matt's awesome work. Matt's video is below, as are links to each of his picks. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Inateck iPad Air Felt Sleeve ($12.99) Inateck Sleeve Case for iPad Pro and MacBook ($21.99) Jaybird X2 Wireless Earbuds ($179.95) MoKo Apple Watch Sport Replacement Bands ($14.99) BlueLounge Jimi iMac USB Port Extender ($14.95) Click and Grow Smart Herb Garden ($64.90) We have a reader curated master gift guide drawn from the MacRumors forum, so if you have favorite products you want to share with others as gift ideas, make sure to add them there. For more ideas, check out the rest of our gift guides: Juli's Gift Guide: Philips Hue, UE Roll Speaker, Pressed Flower iPhone Cases, Canvas Smart Desk, and More Joe's Gift Guide: 64GB iPhone 6s on T-Mobile, V-MODA Crossfade Wireless Headphones and More Mitchel's Gift Guide: Pad & Quill Accessories, HoverBar for iPad, Beats Pill, and More Marianne's Gift Guide: Elevation Dock, Fluxmob Bolt, and More Eric's Gift Guide: SteelSeries Nimbus Controller, Apple Watch Dock, BB-8, and More

MacRumors Gift Guide by Eric: SteelSeries Nimbus Controller, Apple Watch Dock, BB-8, and More

Following in the footsteps of Juli, Joe, Mitchel, Marianne, and even MacRumors readers, I'm now adding my suggestions to the parade of holiday gift guides we've been publishing over the past week. Below you'll find a varied list of accessories that I, Eric Slivka, use on a daily basis. and hopefully there's something here for just about everyone with accessories for Macs, iOS devices, the Apple Watch, and the Apple TV all represented here. - SteelSeries Nimbus Wireless Gaming Controller ($49.99) SteelSeries has offered Apple-approved game controllers for some time now, but with the launch of the new Apple TV roughly six weeks ago, interest in such controllers is surging. Fortunately for Apple fans, the SteelSeries Nimbus is a solid option that notably relies on a Lightning port for charging, making it easy to use existing cables and even Apple's iPhone dock to recharge the controller. Apple has heavily featured the Nimbus alongside the Apple TV, and has equipped demo Apple TV units in its retail stores with the controller. The Nimbus is also included in a Disney Infinity 3.0 starter pack for Apple TV. Gaming on the Apple TV is still in its early days, but the benefits of a controller over the included Siri Remote are already clear, enabling more precise and varied controls in a package that feels more natural in the hands when gaming. Beyond Apple TV, the Nimbus can also pair with iOS devices, enabling controller functionality for a number of games including Real Racing 3, Oceanhorn, and several titles in the LEGO series. Make sure to check out our full

MacRumors Gift Guide by Marianne: Elevation Dock, Fluxmob Bolt, and More

To provide gift ideas for our readers this holiday season, we here at MacRumors have written gift guides based on our own experiences with products we like and recommend to others. If you want to catch up, here are links to the guides published so far: Juli Clover, Joe Rossignol, and Mitchel Broussard. Here's my selection of gift suggestions based on products I own, use often, and recommend to anyone looking for gift ideas for friends or family: Elevation Dock for iPhone by Elevation Lab ($89) I first heard about Elevation Lab's iPhone dock through the company's Kickstarter in 2011 and I backed the project there in order to receive one before they were commercially available. The dock, which is made out of a block of solid aluminum, was intended to be heavy enough to easily remove an iPhone with just one hand, and its design complemented Apple's existing products beautifully. I have two Elevation Docks – one at my desk in front of my iMac and another on my nightstand – that I use every single day with my iPhone 6s. Elevation Lab currently offers the Elevation Dock 3 for the iPhone 6/6s and 6 Plus/6s Plus models. It's pricey at $89 but I recommend it if you've got someone who appreciates the Apple design aesthetic and needs a solid, well-made iPhone dock. Fluxmob Bolt battery backup and wall charger ($50) I use my iPhone almost constantly most days and I'm oddly paranoid that the battery will die when I actually need it to make an emergency call or something else important. To allay this fear, I like to carry the means to charge my iPhone anywhere. However, I

MacRumors Holiday Gift Guide: Reader Picks

Over the past week, we've been sharing some of the favored Apple-related accessories that our editors and writers use on a daily basis, but we also wanted to highlight the best products that our readers and forum members use on a daily basis. We asked for your suggestions in our MacRumors 2015 Holiday Gift Guide Master List post, and then organized those picks by category. We're going to keep building this list, so make sure to mention your favorite product in the comments and we'll add it to the guide. We've organized this list into categories by product and added a short description of each item. iPhone Tech21 Cases - Tech21 is known for its high-quality, highly protective cases, which are also sold in Apple Stores. Available in a range of price points, there are cases to fit the iPhone 4s and up. Prices range from $35 to $100, for the company's battery case. Tech21 also makes cases for Macs and iPads. Tech21 products are available from Apple and some are available at cheaper prices from Amazon. MyCharge Rapid Recharge external battery - Recommended by our own Arnold Kim, the Rapid Recharge is a 4,000 mAh external battery that fits in a pocket and has outlet prongs built right in. It's priced at $70. There's also a larger 8,000 mAh version for those that need more power, priced at $120. Zagg InvisibleShield Glass Screen Protectors - Recommended by MacRumors forum moderator Maflynn, Zagg's InvisibleShield screen protectors are available for a wide variety of devices, from the newest iPhones to the newest iPads. The glass version is made from fortified

MacRumors Gift Guide by Mitch: Pad & Quill Accessories, HoverBar for iPad, Beats Pill, and More

Throughout the week, MacRumors writers and editors have been sharing their gift guides to help our readers pick out the best surprises for everyone on their holiday list this year. Following Juli and Joe, today's my turn to detail a list of Apple-related products perfect for gift giving. This third gift guide was written by me, Mitchel Broussard, with a focus on the third-party accessories I tend to use the most. Outside of that realm, there's a handful of items here that I don't own, but which I've had my eyes on over the years and that I've heard positive things about from friends and family. All-in-all, everything in the guide should satisfy the Apple Watch, MacBook, iPad, and iPhone owners on your own personal shopping list. Apple Watch Gift Ideas One of the best third-party Apple accessory manufacturers is Pad & Quill, whose products are well worth investing in if you're willing to spend a little extra money. With a big focus on products made from natural leathers and woodgrains, the company's entire lineup is infused with a homemade, natural feel that tends to gel nicely with Apple's slick design. I thankfully got a few of their Apple Watch products in to review this year, and I've stuck with using most on a daily basis. Pad & Quill Timber Nightstand ($89.95) / Timber Catchall ($99.00) The Pad & Quill Timber Nightstand is the go-to home base for my Apple Watch. Its footprint is compact enough to fit on a small bedside table, but roomy enough to provide extra space for a band or two to hang out behind the charging cradle. The stand comes in two attractive

MacRumors Gift Guide by Joe: 64GB iPhone 6s on T-Mobile, V-MODA Crossfade Wireless Headphones and More

Earlier this week, my coworker Juli Clover kickstarted our MacRumors Gift Guides with a list of items that she owns and loves, would love to receive or would love to gift to someone. Today, she passes the reins onto me. Our second gift guide this week is written by myself, Joe Rossignol, and is based on gifting an iPhone 6s on T-Mobile, including some of my personal favorite headphones and accessories that can be bundled with the smartphone. SIM-Free 64GB iPhone 6s - $749 or Financed: iPhone 6s is Apple's newest smartphone, featuring a faster A9 chip with 2GB of RAM, 3D Touch and Live Photos. Apple continues to offer a base model with 16GB storage, but upgrading to 64GB is highly recommended for iPhone users with a higher number of apps, photos and music. iCloud storage is also available. Apple sells the 64GB iPhone 6s in Gold, Rose Gold, Silver or Space Gray for $749, while T-Mobile's newer JUMP! On Demand financing program breaks down the cost of the smartphone into 24 equal monthly payments of $27.09 with $99.99 due upfront. A credit check and qualifying service are required. Also read more about Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program. T-Mobile 6GB Simple Choice Plan - $65/Month: T-Mobile is progressively becoming a more attractive U.S. carrier for iPhone users on a budget. Under the leadership of CEO John Legere, the carrier has replaced contracts and subsidizing pricing with attractive price points and features that are highly competitive with larger rivals AT&T and Verizon. One of the most valuable plans offered by U.S. carriers is T-Mobile's 6GB Simple

MacRumors Gift Guide by Juli: Philips Hue, UE Roll Speaker, Canvas Smart Desk, and More

We're going to be sharing a selection of gift guides on MacRumors over the next two weeks, featuring items hand-picked by our team of editors and writers along with a master gift list curated from the suggestions of our forum members. Our first gift guide was written by me, Juli Clover, and features a list of items that I own and love, would love to receive, or would love to gift to someone. There is no theme here, but as I'll explain along with each suggestion, all of these items are things that I own personally or have done a lot of research on. - Philips Hue HomeKit-Enabled Starter Kit ($194) I've been using the Philips Hue line of lights since they first came out in 2012 and I have nothing but good things to say about these bulbs, which can be set to a whole range of different colors or various shades of white. The most recent Hue Starter Kit includes HomeKit integration and features brighter 800 lumen bulbs. HomeKit integration isn't a must, but it is simpler than opening the app and you can ask Siri to do things like turn all your lights cerulean or hot pink. If you know someone who already has a Hue setup, an extra light is a fun gift to give. I'd recommend the $90 Hue Go portable light or the $90 LightStrip Plus, good for ambient lighting anywhere. A $60 Hue Tap for activating four different scenes from a single switch is also a useful accessory. - Pressed Flower iPhone Case ($40) With the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, I opted to get a rose gold iPhone. It's a gorgeous color that I want to show off, so I've been looking into case options that let the