Apple Shares New ‘Best of 2016’ Video

Apple today added a new video to its YouTube channel, highlighting some of the best apps, songs, movies, TV shows, books, and podcasts released during 2016.

The video focuses on all of Apple’s editorial picks for top content, which were first announced in early December, along with some new additions. Content depicted in short clips is organized into categories like “We Celebrate,” “What Mattered Most,” and “The Most Fun,” with a full list available below.



Music:
Drake – Hotline, The Chainsmokers – Don’t Let Me Down, David Bowie – Blackstar, Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better, Maren Morris – My Church

Beats 1: Chance The Rapper – No Problem, Lady Gaga – A-Yo, J Balvin – Safari, Christine And The Queens – Tilted

Movies: La La Land, Moonlight, Deadpool, Sausage Party, American Honey, Kubo and the Two Strings, Sing Street

TV Shows: Steven Universe, This is Us, Atlanta

Podcast: Heavyweight

Apps: Severed, Prisma SketchBook Motion

Books: Yaa Gyasi – Homegoing, Matthew Desmond – Evicted, Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run, Meredith Russo – If I Was Your Girl, Michael Chabon – Moonglow

Apple’s full list of the best Music, Movies, TV Shows, Podcasts, and Books of 2016 can be found in our dedicated Best Of post. We also did a separate post listing all of Apple’s top App Store picks for the year.
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Apple Announces Chinese New Year Event Featuring Free Beats Solo3 Headphones With Mac or iPhone Purchase

Apple today announced an upcoming one-day sale in celebration of Chinese New Year, where the company will provide free Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones in red to all customers who purchase a select Mac or iPhone in various countries around the world.

The sale will kick off on January 6 at 8:00 a.m. local time and will be available in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. A Chinese New Year announcement is available in Malaysia, but the country is not included in the free headphone offer.

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To get the free Beats headphones, customers in eligible countries will need to purchase an iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or Mac Pro, but the late 2016 MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar is excluded from the sale. Eligible iPhones include the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus.

Apple’s sale announcement is accompanied by a New Year’s gift guide featuring a range of New Year’s-themed products in red and gold, including a lion dance LionBot kit, a limited edition DJI Phantom 4 drone, and a Chinese New Year iPhone 7 case from Tech21.

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Last year, Apple celebrated Chinese New Year by introducing two exclusive Apple Watch Sport models featuring (PRODUCT)RED Sport Bands.
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Ariana Grande is coming to the ‘Final Fantasy’ universe

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What Do You Want to See From Apple in 2017?

We’ve covered what we expect to see from Apple in 2017 based on the rumors that are circulating so far in our recent What to Expect post.

On the horizon are a new iPhone 8 with a radically redesigned body and an edge-to-edge display, a revamped iPad Pro also potentially with an edge-to-edge display, long-awaited iMac updates, and new software, but there’s always the chance there’s a wildcard update or new product in the works that will surprise us all.

A redesigned Apple TV, a new home hub, and augmented reality smart glasses are all products that are rumored to be in the works with no prospective release date. We want to hear from the MacRumors community — what are you expecting or hoping to see Apple release in 2017?

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Are there specific features you’re hoping Apple will implement in iOS 11, tvOS 11, watchOS 4, or macOS 10.13? Popular wishlist items from last year included a dark mode for iOS, home screen widgets, and a customizable control center.

Let us know what you want to see in the comments, and make sure to check our our What to Expect post for the latest rumors. Apple’s plans for 2017 will likely become more clear in the early months of the year, and as always, we’ll be covering all of the rumors in-depth here at MacRumors.

The MacRumors forums are also always a rich resource for talking about upcoming products and rumors, and with the biggest iPhone change in years set to happen in 2017, our forums are the place to be for lively discussions.

We’d also like to thank all of our readers and our forum members for making MacRumors the absolute best source for Mac news and advice on the web. We wouldn’t be here without you, and we look forward to another rumor-packed year.
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