If I’m being honest, 2015 was a really good year. Graduating high school is always a plus, and I’m loving college. 2015 was also a good year in the technology department for me. Looking back, there’s been a lot of changes to the devices and apps that I use on a daily basis. Here are the biggest three.
First up, I finally got an iPhone! I’ve had an iPod Touch since 7th grade, but I didn’t get an iPhone until just last January. My iPhone is the device I use most often, for the most things, and it’s absolutely an integral part of my life (maybe a little too integral, if I’m still being honest). It’s so nice to not have to carry around two devices anymore (a dumb phone and an iPod), and obviously it’s also nice to have a data plan. Getting an iPhone was definitely the biggest tech event of the year for me, and I’m still loving it.
Next up was photos. iCloud Photo Library launched way back in October 2014, but, to me at least, it wasn’t useful until Photos for Mac happened last April. iCloud Photo Library is really great; it’s so nice to just have the Photos app sync on all my devices, instead of having a Photos app full of photos from that device and another app full of Dropbox photos. Not only that, but Photos for Mac has great support for facial detection, geotagging, and smart albums, so all in all it’s just a great way to organize all my photos. Thanks to Apple upping their iCloud pricing tiers, I’m still only paying 99¢/month, and I now get 50 gb. Totally worth it.
Finally, Apple Music launched last June! I discovered Spotify in December 2014, and I used it religiously for the first half of 2015. However, when Apple Music came out, I just had to try it. After the three month free trial, my family decided to keep paying for it. We ended up on Apple Music mostly because the family plan is actually usable (unlike Spotify’s), but in generally I’m happy with Apple Music. Since honesty is, apparently, a theme in this post, Apple Music still has a long way to go to be as good as Spotify. Frankly, Apple Music is still pretty buggy. However, there are things about Apple Music that are better than Spotify will ever be, like built in Siri support. Being able to use Siri to control music in the car is definitely my favorite feature of Apple Music. And as far as the bugs go, I have confidence that Apple will continue to fix those too. I’ll be patient.
So that’s my 2015 technology year in review. As I said, it’s been a good year. What’s your year been like? Get any cool new gadgets? Find that perfect cloud service that you’d always hoped existed? Let me know what kinds of tech you love in the comments below, or hit me up on Twitter @NickFoster56. Thanks for reading, and Merry Christmas! ••