Brian Song here.
And welcome to the Apple Byte for everything good and bad inside the world of Apple.
It's that time of the year where we look back, before 2018 gets here, and recap the best moments for Apple in 2017.
And there were good ones, and bad ones.
The bad ones?
That's for next week.
But these are all good apples for this year.
All right, first off.
It's three years to get here, but the Apple Watch Series 3 LTE was one of the highs for me this year.
Not only did it finally bring an independent Apple watch that didn't require a connection to your phone, or watch OS 4 and all of its improvements, made this an Apple watch that I can't completely get behind.
Now there's a smarter Siri, better app navigation, and user interface.
A faster processor you could feel.
And a battery life that easily lasts a day for me when I'm doing everything it can offer.
Including a one hour workout.
Now you know what, some of you Navigation specifically built for this device makes it special.
And let's not pretend it can even come close to the functionality of a Surface Pro, because it can't.
But after three straight years of declining sales, the iPad Pro helped turn the ship back around for Apple, with sales up for the first time since 2014.
So get this innovation with hardware and software together to a loyal fan base makes a difference in sales.
Who would've thought it?
I think we're seeing a pattern here so keep it up Apple.
And you all know I didn't go easy on the AirPods but I was fair.
Come one, it's a really, really good product.
It's not great yet and you know what, they still look ridiculous but the people have spoken, and they don't care how the looked.
According to NPD groups, since it's december launch, I'm going to count this for 2017, airpods accounted for 85% of totally wireless headphone sales, and it was one of the top sellers for black friday weekend despite not having any major discounts.
We're talking about a product that was back ordered for six weeks From its December 2016 release until July of 2017.
You can never underestimate the power of the Apple fanbase because the people just wanted Airpods.
And it was another win for the fruit guys.
And what was another win for Apple this year?
Say it with me, everybody, animojis.
It's arguably the cutest and lamest feature we've ever seen that was exclusively available for the iPhone X.
I could've put it on my losers list as well.
But what did everyone do right when they got their new iPhone?
They sent off Animojis.
Then Animoji karaoke blew up for a hot minute.
That was just another form of free viral marketing for a company that already has us by The apples.
Now I'm not gonna lie, I bought into his, well,love-him-or-hate-him.
Apple might have the most advanced facial recognition security on a phone right now, but people are using it to talk as a poo-poo face.
It was still the most buzz worthy feature in any phone this year.
And that's another great moment for Apple in 2017.
So, I want to hear what do you think I missed?
Where's the Iphone 10?
Was it really one of their best moments?
Maybe for you it was, but let me know in the comments what do you think?
Right down here.
Alright that's going to do it for this weeks show.
Next week we'll have our worst moments of 2017 so Y'all can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweet me @BRIANTONG.
Thanks so much for watching, we'll catch y'all next time from the byte of the apple.