Best Apple Gifts to Give a 2022 Graduate Now

The graduation season is upon us. Whether you’re graduating from high school, college, or trade school, Apple is sure to have a gift for everyone. These items are useful for those who continue their education, but those who go to work can also benefit from them. While there may be new items unveiled at WWDC 2022 next month, these are instant buys for your favorite graduate.

MacBook Air

While there are rumors that a redesigned MacBook Air will be announced next month, the current model is still a beast. This laptop packs the power of Apple’s M1 chip in a sleek, thin design and is perfect for taking with you on the go. My favorite thing about this MacBook is how good it feels to type on. Not to mention, this computer is also fanless and thus quiet. As Apple’s entry-level laptop, it works fine for most users. I recommend my colleagues to consult Michael’s guide if you are not sure whether you need the MacBook Air or MacBook Pro.

iPad

Usually the iPad Air is the tablet I would most recommend to students. I love the laminated screen and Apple Pencil (2nd generation) support. Not only does it look great in fun colors, it’s a multitasking powerhouse. However, after owning an iPad Air (4th generation) for a few weeks last year, I found myself very disappointed with the battery life.

Months later, after trying out the iPad (9th generation) for a while, it’s easy to recommend to students. It has fantastic value for money and a much better battery life for general use. Even with the older design and non-laminated screen, it’s still a great tool for taking notes and sketching. I use the XIRON Stylus Pen instead of the Apple Pencil (1st generation) and find it works just as well and doesn’t falter.

Beats Studio Buds

The Beats Studio Buds arrived last summer and are lightweight earbuds with high-quality sound. These earbuds integrate well with both Apple and Android devices. Like AirPods, the Beats Studio Buds support Apple’s Find My app and work with Siri. There’s also Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and Transparency mode. Transparency mode is similar to noise reduction, except you can hear the sounds around you.

I must say that ANC is an important feature for students and professionals who need to drown out background noise. With Beats Studio Buds, you get an affordable alternative to AirPods Pro without sacrificing key features.

AirTag

Unveiled last year, the AirTag is a coin-shaped item tracker that integrates with Apple’s ecosystem. It is designed to track your items through Apple’s Find My app and is popularly used with backpacks, keys, bicycles and even dogs. If you’re really struggling to find an item, you can use precision tracking to get a more accurate location for the lost item. Accurate tracking even gives you step-by-step directions to the AirTag. A common accessory used by students today, it is almost a necessity if you are concerned about something being lost or stolen.

Accessories for Apple Devices

ZAGG InvisibleShield Glass Privacy Screen for iPhone: The idea for a privacy screen came from one of my friends. It’s great to keep your privacy while you’re out and about because no one can see what you’re doing on your iPhone if they’re looking over your shoulder. This is perfect for anyone traveling or in busy environments such as campuses or public transportation. Tip: Please make sure the privacy screen you buy is compatible with the recipient’s iPhone model.

USB-C hub: A USB-C hub is a much-needed accessory for those with a MacBook Air. With only two USB-C ports, there’s a chance you’ll need some extra adapters, and a port is an easy way to go. This hub has an HDMI port, two USB-A ports, an SD card slot and an additional USB-C port. The small size makes it portable and easy to carry. It’s also too simpler (and sometimes cheaper) to buy a hub versus separate adapters.

Apple MagSafe Battery Pack: The Apple MagSafe Battery Pack works with the iPhone 12 and 13 lineups. It’s an external battery for your phone that plugs into the back via MagSafe. It’s useful for boosting your phone for those long days when you may not have access to a charger. It recently saw a firmware update in which charging your iPhone on the go is now faster than ever.

What do you think of Apple gifts for graduates?

Are there any other gifts you would recommend? What has worked for you as a student or graduate? Let’s start a conversation in the comments.

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