2015 will go down in history as one of Apple's biggest and busiest years ever.
When you start to think about everything Apple released this year, it seems almost unimaginable for a company that only a decade ago had but one platform and just a handful of products. They launched a new product category with the Apple Watch, relaunched one with the new Apple TV, expanded another with the iPad Pro, turned media into services with Photos and Apple Music, and revamped almost everything else.
Scaling like that would be hard for any company no matter how successful, but for one that prides itself on tight focus and small teams, it's even harder. It wasn't perfect and it didn't come without cost, for Apple, developers, and customers. Yet looking back now, it's also impossible not to be impressed but just how much Apple accomplished in 2015.
We'll start looking forward to 2016 soon enough but, for now, let's take a final look back Here's an overview, including the in-depth year in review podcast series Serenity Caldwell and I recorded, and links to all the major reviews and news.
The March event returned this year and in a big way. The Apple Watch, previewed last year, got a second, more detailed introduction and a launch. The new MacBook with Retina display and Force Touch trackpad debuted, and Apple surprised and delighted us with new framework for medical research called ResearchKit. Photos for OS X, also previewed last year, launched in the spring as well.
- Tim Cook at Goldman Sachs
- What if the iPad ran iPadOS?
- Lenovo reminds everyone why it's better to get a Mac
- Apple Watch review
- Photos for OS X review
- The difference between Apple and Samsung industrial design
- Tim Cook on Q2 2015
June was highlighted, as always, by Apple's World Wide Developers Conference. And WWDC 2015 was the biggest to date. Not only did we get the unveiling of iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan, but of watchOS 2, Swift 2.0, and an all-new streaming and radio service called Apple Music. Then, in July, we got surprised by an updated iPod touch to run all that Apple Music on.
- Understanding Apple and privacy
- WWDC 2015: Just breathe
- Phil Schiller on the Talk Show
- iOS 9 review
- watchOS 2 review
- OS X El Capitan review
- Apple Music
- iPod touch 6 review
- Content blockers, bad ads, and what we're doing about it
- Apple Camp
- Tim Cook on Q3 2015
Fall brought Apple's annual September event. Because there wasn't going to be an October event this year, the result was the debut of a dizzying array of new products, including the Apple Watch Hermès, new gold and rose gold finishes for Apple Watch Sport, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, and an all-new Apple TV with its very own App Store.
- Apple announces 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display
- Apple TV 4 review
- Magic Keyboard review
- Magic Trackpad 2 review
- Magic Mouse 2 review
- Tim Cook on Q4 2015
- In the shadow of two app stores
- 3.5mm jacks and the future of iPhone
- Apple open-sources Swift
- Smart Battery Case review
- Williams, Schiller, Srouji: What Apple's new executive titles really mean
- Apple Pay coming to China in 2016
- 2015 iMore award winners
Those were the biggest products and announcements from Apple in 2015. Which were your favorites? Which were the hardware, software, services, and news that meant the most to you?