There’s no denying it. WIRED readers love stories of the pomaceous variety. News about Apple or Apple products accounted for half a dozen of our 17 most-read Gear stories of the year, and for good reason: this year, the company celebrated the ten-year anniversary of the iPhone, the personal product that inarguably changed the world. Apple marked the occasion by releasing the iPhone X, a device decked out with new features like facial recognition, a bezel-less screen, and, to be blunt about it, talking poop.
The company’s influence webs out so far it could also be felt in at least another four stories, including one about the Essential, a phone we billed as “the Anti-iPhone.”
But while it was a year of hellos—to the iPhone X and the Essential—2017 also saw its share of goodbyes—to Flash, to Google’s blob emoji, to the iPod, and, again, thanks to Apple, to wired headphones.
The 2017 Super Bowl halftime show featured hundreds of swirling, swarming drones.
—Brian Barrett, February 5, 2017
Apple’s new wireless headphones aren’t for the iPhone 7. They’re for Siri.
—David Pierce, April 7, 2017
Andy Rubin sees the future, and can’t sit around waiting for it to arrive.
—David Pierce, May 30, 2017
The new iMac Pro is a ridiculously powerful, 5K, space gray all-in-one.
—David Pierce, June 5, 2017
Did you get a shiny new Echo device? Here are all the tips and tricks you need to get going.
—Brian Barrett, July 14, 2017
—Brian Barrett, July 25, 2017
Today officially marks the end of Apple’s era of standalone music players.
—David Pierce, July 27, 2017
Inside Apple’s big cell phone self-own.
—Brian Barrett, July 31, 2017
Wired: circular emoji. Tired: the ol’ gumdrop.
—Elizabeth Stinson, September 1, 2017
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All the details on Apple’s newest iPhones, including the much-anticipated iPhone X.
—David Pierce, September 12, 2017
The age of Instagram has given rise to a new genre of installations, which seem to exist only to produce the perfect photo.
—Arielle Pardes, September 27, 2017
Forget camera optics. The Rylo camera perfects your videos after you shoot them with state-of-the-art software.
—David Pierce, October 31, 2017
Yeah, it’s gorgeous. But the most impressive thing about it is what happens next.
—Steven Levy, November 1
The new Firefox is fast, it’s secure, and it’s full of clever little things that make web browsing better.
—David Pierce, November 25, 2017
What would happen if you made a product based on the opinions of a bunch of people on the internet?
—David Pierce, December 4, 2017
The $80 Ember Ceramic Mug keeps 10 ounces of coffee at whatever temperature you want, for as long as you want.
—David Pierce, December 10, 2017
You give up more privacy than you might think each time you open an email.
—Brian Merchant, December 11, 2017