This is it: the last hottest news stories of the year! Unless something major drops next week, this is it for 2014. So let's see how things go out this December. Looks like the iPhone 6 is continuing as a juggernaut in the marketplace, and — good news — the order turnaround time is down to one day. Meanwhile, looks like Samsung continues to stumble, Apple Pay is going abroad, the Apple Watch is inspiring others, and Apple is having successes all around. Those stories and more below the fold at this year's end. Happy Holidays to all our Mac|Life readers!
This week's edition of the New App Recap is really bringing our A-game: There's not a single update in the batch! Readers will have plenty to choose from for the holidays, whether you want to make a personalized Santa video for the kids, conjure up a fun custom video with music, send someone a surprise, message more intimately, or have full control over your PDF files. We're in the ho-ho-holiday spirit, so here are eight apps to help get you in the same mood!
Americans are so used to being the first to get iOS gadgets and the apps that run on them, we sometimes take it for granted -- such as when a high-profile app from someone like Microsoft makes its debut overseas before it hits the U.S., as was the case with the new MSN for iPad, finally available here for your downloading pleasure.