Love it, hate it, but you can’t really ignore Apple! With the work from home situation taking a toll on our work setups now is the need, more than ever for multi-functional designs. Also what this hour needs are designs that make us smile. With our gadgets holding our attention for maximum time these days (can you imagine how this quarantine would be without our phones or the internet?!) these electronic powerhouses need these accessories to give you the most of their capabilities. Our curation today brings you the best of Apple accessories – to amplify your productivity, help you create a portable setup as well as to fill you with joy!
Joyce Kang and C.O Design Lab’s Pod Case gives the Apple Watch a much-needed history lesson, introducing it to the ancestor that started the Apple craze. The watch’s screen roughly matches the screen size found in classic iPod Nanos, while its body is only a slight bit thicker. The Pod Case, made in silicone, slides right over the Apple Watch body, giving it a funky throwback, while also letting you use the watch as-is. Obviously, the jog-wheel on the front is a dummy one (although it could work if it connected via Bluetooth), but the watch can easily be navigated using the touch-screen.
It seems that Stephen Chu may have made one of the most marvelous breakthroughs in the computer peripherals category. Say hello to the Kolude KD-K1, a sleek external keyboard with a pretty interesting twist. With circular keys that sit within a machined aluminum base giving it a neo-retro vibe, the Kolude KD-K1 keyboard is a visual treat with tactile scissor-switch keys that make it a great keyboard to type on too. Designed to be the Swiss-Army-Knife of keyboards, the Kolude KD-K1 makes sure you’ll never have to bend over and reach behind a CPU to plug a pen-drive in again.
The iBoy fidget toy is the perfect desktop accessory for every apple lover! Say hello to the iBoy by Philip Lee, a collectible that captures the combined joy of an action toy with the world’s most famous music playback device. Modeled clearly using Apple’s classic player as inspiration, the iBoy comes with movable hands and legs that attach and detach via magnets, and droid antennae that manifest themselves on each side of the iBoy’s head in the form of earphones! The iBoy’s design captures the most realistic, believable details of the music player, turning it into a nostalgic retro-inspired keepsake. The iBoy’s torso is all ABS plastic, while the back is a polished chrome metal. The figurine even comes with a display and ports (not real ones, obviously) and is complete with realistic artwork etched onto the metal back, and real tactile controls and rotating jog-dial on the front with realistically believable feedback that feels exactly like the original.
The doqo case turns your iPad Pro into a MacBook… with a trackpad and multiple ports! Designed to give iPad Pro users the laptop experience, doqo’s case design transforms your tablet into a full-fledged MacBook. Slip the iPad Pro into the doqo and there’s little difference between this setup and any of Apple’s laptops. The case comes with a gorgeous aluminum design, a full-sized keyboard, a functioning trackpad, and enough ports to make a MacBook Pro jealous! Integrated into its slim profile is an SD card reader (remember those?) and even an HDMI port that lets you connect your setup to a larger display! You’ve also got 2 USB-C ports for charging your iPad or diverting power to an iPhone and 2 USB 3.0 ports for pen drives, hard drives, or any dongles you may need to go about your day-to-day activities.
The DoBox Mini can turn your iPad/iPhone into a full-featured computer… with ports! This small aluminum box, roughly the size of a power-bank, unleashes your smart device’s true abilities. It connects to your home Wi-Fi network via a cable, and to your smart device via an app… and that’s where the magic begins. The DoBox Mini now turns your iOS device into a powerhouse of sorts. Ports on the DoBox Mini become ports you can use with your iOS device. You can plug a USB Mouse, Keyboard, an HDMI-connected display, or even a USB Drive or SD Card, and they all become accessible via your smartphone or tablet. All the control lies within the DoBox app. You can connect devices, share data, store data, and even stream movies to an external display.
AXS Technologies from Brooklyn, NY has created a new and innovative product that unifies all of your most important devices into one sleek system essentially making the AirPod’s native charging case obsolete. Power1 takes portability and functionality to a new level giving you a system that’s doubly useful because it doesn’t just charge and protect for your iPhone… it charges and protects your Airpods too and ensures they are always with you and ready for use. Designed as an evolution of traditional battery cases, Power1 not only holds an extra battery but also manages your Airpods like no other system. Armed with proprietary design, Power1 comes with two modes. One, where it charges your Airpods only (up to 30 times on a full battery), and a second mode that charges your Airpods as well as your phone, giving both gadgets full advantage of Power1’s 3000mAh internal battery.
The iMac G3, in its translucent, colorful, flavorful glory is considered to be the starting point of Apple’s aesthetic dominance in the tech industry, and also the product that sealed Jonathan Ive’s reputation as a designer to be reckoned with. Available in thirteen different ‘flavors’, the iMac G3 looked absolutely stunning, offering a candylike color scheme and a translucent housing that let you peer into the ‘mind of the computer’. Spigen’s Classic C1 pays tribute to that glorious phase in Apple’s timeline, with its three-part case for the iPhone X that mimics the technology-meets-translucent glory of the iMac. Available in seven of the thirteen colors (Spigen’s stayed true to the colors too), the case sits in three parts around the iPhone. The inner cover gives the case its skeletal design, with the circuit-board design and the cutout near the Apple logo – just flip it over and it even has the ‘hello (again)’ text that was displayed in the iMac G3 advertisements.
Zendure’s SuperHub basically solves the problem of having multiple devices to charge and just one power outlet. Designed as a power-brick but with multiple ports, the SuperHub lets you use one outlet to route power to all your devices, while at the same time, allowing you to transfer data between them… serving the role of a USB hub along with a power-delivery system. Armed with an AC power input on one end, and two USB-C ports, one USB-A port, and a 4K HDMI port on the other, the SuperHub takes ownership of both power as well as data delivery. You can connect multiple devices, including your laptop, to the SuperHub, charging them simultaneously, while also letting you plug an external display in to broadcast your phone, tablet, or laptop’s screen on it.
The designers of DGRule describe it as an “invisible hub” and I guess we can see why. The DGRule promises to be a convenient alternative to the limited Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports since they aren’t always compatible with all devices. Subtle, discreet, and far from bulky, DGRule snaps onto both sides of the MacBook Pro. The cushion pad ensures it stays glued onto the laptop, no matter which position you work in. Available in Space Gray or Silver, it camouflages with your laptop, appearing to be a natural extension of it. Created from CNC aluminum, this allows the hub to comfortably merge with the MacBook Pro.
The motion of using a dropper to transfer colors was reinterpreted with the data delivery interface with an Apple pencil-like tool which has been christened as iSpoid for this concept project. The group of Korean designers (Chi-Eun Jang, Hyeokryul Kwon, Jaegeun Kim, Jeongmin Lim) who came up with this conceptual product wanted to make data transfer and data sharing between devices as easy and joyful without the stress of connecting via Bluetooth, hard drives, and the quest for finding the right device to AirDrop.