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The ed­i­tor re­flects on Ap­ple's 2018 strides.

This is a par­tic­u­larly quiet time of the year in many ways — for starters, the hol­i­day sea­son is wrapped up now and we’re just start­ing to slowly, cau­tiously, wel­come in the new year. There’s not a great deal go­ing on with Ap­ple ei­ther, but that’s not sur­pris­ing, though, since 2018 was a tremen­dous year for the com­pany, what with the tan­dem re­lease of macOS Mo­jave and iOS 12, three new iPhones, the Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 4 with its po­ten­tially life–saving, fea­tures, and in the lat­ter por­tion of the year, a new Mac­Book Air, iPad Pros and — shock hor­ror — a new Mac mini! No­body could say 2018 was a bor­ing year, or one that didn’t bring a few sur­prises that made us love Ap­ple that lit­tle bit more.

A brand new year might, as ever, seem a lit­tle daunt­ing, but fret not — we’ve got some great con­tent this is­sue to help you get 2019 kick–started with ease. The first of these — our big fea­ture, the best free apps (p16) — is ded­i­cated to those of you who might have gone a lit­tle over­board at the check­out on Black Fri­day, or in the run up to Christ­mas. It’s ideal for get­ting more from your Mac or iOS de­vice with­out spend­ing a penny. Once you’re done there, why not head straight over to our round–up of the best apps to make the most of 2019 (p68)? Whether you want to be more or­ga­nized this time round, man­age your fi­nances bet­ter or just get a lit­tle bit fit­ter, this es­sen­tial list should give you a help­ing hand.

If you’re feel­ing a lit­tle more ac­cli­mated to the idea of the year ahead now, let me in­tro­duce this month’s cover star: the best Ap­ple tech. If the re­cent prod­uct launches got your check book tin­gling, this is­sue has you cov­ered. We’ve got a triple whammy, con­sist­ing of re­views of the Mac mini (p40), Mac­Book Air (p48), and iPad Pro (p54), and as re­quested by you, the reader, I’ve also in­cluded a group test of the best net­work Time Ma­chine drives (p58). If that’s not enough, why not find out what’s in store for Ap­ple in 2019? We’re pred­i­cat­ing great things in the com­ing months, but I won’t spoil it here — turn to p30 for more on that one. Happy new year, and here’s to a great one!

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