Editorial

At the Core: Holidays and the connected home

Greetings and happy December 29, iMore! The major winter holidays have mostly passed us by, and hopefully you've survived — and dare I hope, enjoyed — the family get-togethers, the excess food, and terrible party games.

Some of you are undoubtedly back at work today, while others are still enjoying the last fragments of a winter vacation. Me, I'm somewhere in-between. Clearly, I'm at work today (well, that, or robo-Serenity has gotten much better at writing columns in the last two weeks) but I'm doing so from my parents' new house, sitting on the couch in front of our Christmas tree.

It's a nice view — much comfier than my office back in Massachusetts. But staring at that tree today got me thinking. We're venturing ever closer to 2015, and 2014's technology has brought us ever closer to the ideal "home of the future". But I'm not sure if we're there yet.

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The most important tech stories of 2014

The most important Apple stories of the year don't exist in a vacuum and neither do we. What happens in technology in general matters to Apple and matters to us. Through that lens, 2014 was both terrific and terrible. We saw new technologies enable us to interact and move in ways never before possible, and we saw those same technologies abused and degraded in ways we would have hoped impossible. In retrospect, 2014 felt like another transition year, but we've crossed the horizon: We can start to see the designs of the future, and more importantly, the future we want to see.

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Favorite iMore videos of 2014

This year, Apple's most popular video wasn't their holiday commercial, but their iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus introduction (above). Given the pent-up demand for a new design, and the big and bigger screen sizes, that's not a surprise. iMore's most popular videos, based on your views, weren't a surprise either. Well, except for #1...

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What do you want to see from iMore in 2015?

It's December 29, 2014 and I'm sitting at the gate at the airport waiting to board yet another flight to San Francisco. (Yes, it's for an event. No, it's not for an Apple event. More on that in the next couple of days!) Like late night flights, early morning flights offer the opportunity for reflection and the chance to ask the impertinent questions. Such as: What's coming up for iMore in 2015?

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The most important Apple stories of 2014

2014 was an important year for Apple. No new products — and product categories — in the first half allowed many in the sensationalist media once again to proclaim Apple doomed, Tim Cook a failure, and a haunted empire all that remained for the future. Then, in quick succession, WWDC 2014 happened, then the iPhones 6 and Apple Watch event, and then the iPad and Mac event, and Apple's stock price hit new records. All told, we saw many amazing highs punctured by a few baffling lows, and we end 2014 as one of the most exciting, transformative years for Apple in recent memory.

Here are what we consider to be the most significant Apple stories of 2014, with links to our coverage and to some of the best pieces from around the web.

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NSFW: Sometimes newer isn't better

T-Mobile is doing its best to win the hearts and minds of new customers and hang on to its existing customer base. T-Mobile's focused an aggressive marketing campaign to sign new users up, pitching themselves as the disruptive "Uncarrier" who isn't going to play by the rules set by Verizon and AT&T. But that doesn't change an essential fact: T-Mobile's coverage can be dismal unless you're in a city. That's certainly what I've come to find out, and unfortunately, the solutions T-Mobile is offering to improve the situation don't work for everyone.

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How to avoid getting scammed on post-holiday deals

With pre-holiday mayhem behind us, lots of retailers are starting in on the post-holiday sales. And with the buying for others done, we're starting in on the buying for ourselves. Hey, all that Christmas cash and gift certificates aren't going to spend themselves! Unfortunately, gadgets and electronics, particularly Apple products, are a huge money-maker for scammers. So, if you'll be looking for a great deal after the holidays, especially if you're looking at eBay and similar services rather than Apple and the big retail stores, here are some tips to keep in mind so you make sure you don't get taken advantage of, and do get the deal you deserve!

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Last minute holiday-savers: 2014 gift guide

The sinking feeling in your gut. The cheap excuse to go upstairs. The sound of glass breaking, your body rolling off the grass, the car door slamming, the engine roaring, the tires squealing, the gas station the only place still open for anything even remotely resembling a gift...! Luckily, those Homerian moments are now a thing of the past, thanks to the internet. No matter how late you are, no matter how badly you need something great for the holidays, you can get it online, and in some cases immediately. Here then are the life-savers, the relationship-savers, the sanity-savers — the last minute gift guide!

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Tech traveling tips: What to take, what to leave, and how to manage it all

Most of us make our gadgets and tech a priority when packing for a trip. From iPads and iPhones to cameras and chargers, there's a lot to keep track of. With the holiday season upon us, we figured there's no better time to share our favorite products and tips for traveling with gadgets. We've got all the info you need you need to figure out exactly what you should be bringing, what's best left at home, and what you should carry it all in to keep them safe!

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Apple Watch, WatchKit, and Accessibility

Ever since rumors started swirling that Apple was working on a wearable device, I've often thought about what such a device would mean for people with disabilities. My curiosity is so high, in fact, that I've even written about the possibilities. Make no mistake, for users with disabilities such as myself, a wearable like the Apple Watch brings with it usage and design paradigms that, I think, are of even greater impact than what the iPhone in one's pocket has to offer.

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