Our CES 2016 coverage will add some of the top Apple gear we've found this year. Apple abandoned trade shows years ago in favor of their onsite keynotes, but that doesn't stop the flourishing 3rd party market from coming out in force. Here are our top picks!

Belkin Apple Watch Valet

It doesn't support nightstand mode, but this Apple Watch stand looks great. It has a built in Apple Watch charger and a 4ft USB cable connected to its weight base. Luckily, you won't have to wait to get your hands on one. It is available now.

  • Cost: $89.99
  • Release date: Available now

Griffin BreakSafe USB Type-C

Just because we switch to USB Type-C, doesn't mean we should ditch MagSafe. Griffin has their clone made for the new 12" MacBook arrive to market soon. It is a 6ft cable that is integrated, and not just an adapter.

  • Cost: $39.99
  • Release date: April, 2016


iDevices released several pieces of HomeKit comparable products this week. They released an in-wall outlet, switch, dimmer, and a bulb socket. All come with a configurable nightlight to help you find them at night.

This makes using HomeKit a lot nicer because it fixes a core problem. If I have my lights on switches, and I use HomeKit bulbs, as soon as someone unknowingly flips one, Siri is useless. You can tape them up, or replace them with these HomeKit switches which means they operate as normal, as well as with your voice.

  • Release date: Q1-Q2 2016

Griffin Travel Power Bank

This battery pack from Griffin is the first Apple Watch backup to fit on a keychain. It may not look the prettiest, but it is functional. It has an integrated charger and fill fill up your watch 4 times with its 800mAh battery. You will need a Micro USB to recharge the pack itself.

  • Cost: $69.99
  • Release date: Q2 2016

Aluminum VI iPhone Battery

From startup 4Second Life, this iPhone battery pack is meant to integrate seamlessly. They even have a slide to unlock mechanism to turn the device on. Unfortunately it is a bit unwieldy making your phone so tall.

It charges via Micro USB which means you also have to include an additional cable if you want to fuel up on the go. The battery differs between the 3 different models running from 1,250-2,250mAhs.

  • Cost: Starts at $79

LaCie Porsche Design HDD

This desktop drive is meant to closely match the 12" MacBook pro. It uses USB Type-C to fit neatly, however it is still meant to be powered by a wall outlet. The good news is that it supports pass through charging so while you are connected to the drive, you are also getting power.

It will be available in 4TB, 5TB, and 8TB configurations starting at $210.

  • Release date: March, 2016
  • Cost: $210

ZENS Apple Watch Power Bank

Using ZENS Inductive Charging Technology, no additional charger will be needed with this cube-like backup battery. It includes enough power for 4 full charges while on the go.

  • Release date: March, 2016
  • Cost: ~$70

Olloclip Studio for iPhone

Olloclip Studio will support iPhone 6/6s and Plus. It includes a drop resistant case as well as a finger grip, accessory shoe, stand, and tripod mount.

It will work with Olloclip lenses as well as others from such as Moment.

  • Release date: February, 2016
  • Cost: $89.99

Satechi USB Type-C Devices

Satechi introduced one new product, as well as updated an existing one. Their USB Type-C hub we previously reviewed now includes passthrough charging. Now you can connect 2 USB 3.0 devices, a micro SD, an SD, and a charger all at once.

Second is a new USB Type-C SD card reader. It is a simple reader that will let you connect either an SD card or a micro SD card to your new MacBook.

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