Gifts For Apple iPad Users

Peripherals and Accessories Useful for Apple's Tablets

Nov 16 2015 - Apple's iPad tablet are some of the most stylish and feature packed models on the market. While the tablet is great on its own there are a number of accessories that help protect it, keep it clean or just make it more functional. Here are some ideas for gifts to give those who happen to have an Apple iPad tablet.

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iPad Air Cover

iPad Air Smart Cover
iPad Air Smart Cover. ©Apple
The iPad Air is an impressive feat of engineering in terms of its size and weight. While it is quite durable, the screen can still be damaged by impacts that can scratch or shatter the glass. The easiest way to protect the screen is to use the Smart Cover. This polyurethane cover attaches to the side of the tablet via magnets and holds on quite tight. Open the cover automatically turns the tablet on or off and it can also be folded into a basic stand. Priced around $39. This will fit both the original iPad Air and the new iPad Air 2 Buy from Amazon »

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iPad Air Case

iPad Air Smart Case
iPad Air Smart Case. ©Apple

For many people, the iPad is a large investment and they want to protect more than just the display than the Smart Cover will.  As a result, the best option for those that want to fully protect the exterior of the tablet is the Smart Case from Apple. It is very similar to the Smart Cover but it fully encases the rear of the tablet with leather to help protect it from minor drops or just being tossed into a bag. It is available in a number of colors and is priced around $79. Note that this cover is for the original iPad Air. If you are getting it for a new iPad Air 2, be sure to pick up the Smart Case that is designed for the slimmer tablet. Buy from Amazon »

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iPad Mini Cover

iPad Mini Smart Cover
iPad Mini Smart Cover. ©Apple

For those that just want to cover up their display to help prevent scratches or small drops from cracking the display, the Smart Cover is a relatively affordable option at just $39. It attaches any version of the iPad Mini on the side via magnets and holds on quite well. Opening and closing the cover will automatically turn the device on or off. The cover can act as a rudimentary stand as well. It is made of polyurethane and is available in a range of colors.This is only for the new iPad Mini 4, this iPad Mini 3 Smart Cover can be used on all other versions. Buy from Amazon »

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Portable Battery

Anker PowerCore 20000maH External USB Batter Pack
PowerCore External USB Battery. ©Anker
Apple has made some great tablets when it comes to running time but there is always the case where you either forgot to charge it or you have just been away from a power outlet for too long. An external or portable battery can help avoid this problem by allowing you to charge your iPad pretty much anywhere. The Anker Astro3 is a fairly large battery pack but it has enough power to nearly give you a a good 60 to 80% charge for your iPad from nearly dead. Charging of devices is done through USB ports so you just need to supply a 30-pin or lightning cable. You also charge the battery pack through a standard USB to micro-USB cable. Pricing is around $45. Buy from Amazon »

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Bluetooth Keyboard

Apple Magic Keyboard Bluetooth Wireless
Magic Keyboard. ©Apple

Typing is one of the big challenges on tablets. The virtual keyboards are just not well suited for fast typing or long periods of use. The best way to make a tablet more effective for writing is to add a Bluetooth wireless keyboard. Apple's Magic Keyboard is a perfect accessory for any iPad user who wants to do more with the tablet. The keyboard design is essentially the same as their use for their laptops and iMac desktops. It provides a very comfortable and accurate typing experience. The best part is that it is very compact and made of durable aluminum so that it is easy to carry. Priced around $99. Buy from Amazon »

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Capacitive Stylus

Wacom Bamboo Stylus
Wacom Bamboo Stylus. ©Wacom

Touchscreens are incredibly easy to use but they do have their drawbacks. First, the screen can get dirty very quickly from the oils on our fingers that get placed on the glass. Second, people with larger hands may have difficulty getting precise placement on the screen. A stylus is a specialized sort of pen or pointing device that are used to mimic the capacitive nature of human skin for touchscreen displays on the iPad. The styles are quite diverse from standard looking pens to ones that look like paint brushes. Prices range from as little as $10 to over $100 but most tend to be around $30. Of course if they have the new iPad Pro, then the choice would be the Apple Pencil which only works with that model and offers greater levels of detail than a standard stylus.

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Cleaning Cloth

3M Cleaning Cloth
3M Cleaning Cloth. ©3M

Even with its oleophobic coating on the touchscreen display of the iPad, it still will get fingerprints and smudges. This grease and grim will be most noticeable when the tablet is used in sunlight. Now, the iPad does come with a small cleaning cloth but it is small and easy to misplace. The 3M microfiber cloths do a superb job at getting a crystal clear smooth glass surface and are designed specifically for electronics. Prices vary due to a variety of different sizes but start at a few dollars and go up to around $15. Buy from Amazon »

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Netflix Streaming

Netflix Streaming
Netflix Streaming. ©Netflix

One of the many uses for an iPad tablet is the ability to watch a TV show or movie from just about anywhere. Netflix is currently the market leader when it comes to streaming video services. It has one of the largest collections of videos available for streaming. The native iPad application makes it convenient and easy to use. Netflix previously offered the purchase of gift subscriptions on their website but they have discontinued this in favor of gift cards. They are available in most Best Buy locations and some other retailers.

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iTunes Gift Cards

iTunes Gift Cards
iTunes Gift Cards. ©Apple

Apple users who want to purchase music, movies or apps do so through Apple's iTunes storefront. Because of this, the iTunes gift cards are an excellent gift that allow the recipient to use them for just about anything they want to watch, listen to or play on their tablet. Available in $25, $50 or $100 amounts.