7 Apple-Friendly Gadgets at CES 2015
Since Apple’s own highly anticipated product launch events usually attract more than enough media attention, the company typically doesn’t participate in industrywide events like the International Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, that is taking place in Las Vegas this week. Even so, the company’s influence can still be seen in the many Apple-compatible third-party products that manufacturers are exhibiting at CES. Here are seven Apple-compatible devices and accessories that are being unveiled at CES 2015.
Seagate Apple-compatible devices
Data storage company Seagate unveiled several Apple-friendly products at this year’s CES. At just 7 millimeters thick, the Seagate Seven is the world’s thinnest 500GB portable hard drive, according to the company. The stainless steel-enclosed device is compatible with Apple’s Mac OS and retails for just $99.99 from the company’s website.
The Seagate Wireless also offers 500GB of storage space and is intended to work with both mobile devices and desktops, including devices that run Apple’s iOS and OS X. As the name suggests, it features built-in Wi-Fi and a rechargeable battery that lasts up to six hours. The Seagate Wireless can connect to up to three devices simultaneously. The Wireless is available in five different colors and retails for $129.99 from the company’s website.
Finally, the Seagate Personal Cloud provides a secure centralized storage place for up to 5TB of content on the standard version or up to 8TB of content on the 2-Bay version, which also mirrors content to a second drive for extra protection. The Apple-compatible device can stream content to iOS devices, Macs, and the Apple TV. The 3TB Personal Cloud starts at $169.99, while the 2-Bay 6TB version sells for $379.99. The Personal Cloud 2-Bay 8TB version will become available at a future date.
Standzout Bandstand Apple Watch dock
While the Apple Watch won’t become available until later this year, that hasn’t stopped tablet accessories maker Standzout from displaying one of the first Apple Watch accessories to hit the market at CES 2015. The Bandstand is designed to work with the Apple Watch’s inductive charging mechanism and provide a place for users to hang their wearable overnight. The Bandstand also includes two additional ports for charging other Apple devices. Pricing information is not yet available.
Alcatel OneTouch Watch
For Apple fans who want an iOS-compatible smartwatch but don’t want to shell out $349 for the entry-level Apple Watch, smartphone maker Alcatel offers a low-cost alternative that will be available in March. While similar in design to the Moto 360, the Alcatel OneTouch Watch only costs $149 and works with both Android and iOS-powered devices, according to The Verge. Like the Apple Watch, the Alcatel OneTouch Watch must be tethered to a smartphone in order to receive notifications. Per the manufacturer, the device includes multiple sensors and apps for activity tracking.
Parrot RNB6 in-dash car infotainment system
When it comes to automobile-related tech, self-driving cars tend to generate the biggest headlines. However, it is much more likely that you will use an in-vehicle smartphone integration system before you ever experience a driverless car. Both Apple and Google have thrown their hats into this ring with the CarPlay and Android Auto systems, respectively. Although many automakers are debuting new car models that are compatible with both systems, this doesn’t help folks who own older vehicles.
Wireless product manufacturer Parrot seeks to solve this problem with the RNB6 in-dash car infotainment system that can be installed in any car and offers compatibility with both CarPlay and Android Auto. While it’s currently unknown how much Parrot’s system will cost, a similar aftermarket system from Pioneer starts at $700.
Toshiba TransferJet adapter for iOS devices
Toshiba is exhibiting the TJM35420LT TransferJet adapter for iOS devices at CES this year. The Lightning connector dongle uses the ultra-high speed TransferJet protocol to allow data to be transferred wirelessly between Apple’s iPhones, iPads, or iPods. As noted by Toshiba, data files can be wirelessly transferred at speeds of up to 375 Mbps. The process is initiated by first selecting the file to be transferred and then simply touching the two devices together.
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