2020 is coming to a close — good riddance, I say

The end of 2020 is nigh.

Somehow, someway, if you’re reaading this, congrats! We made it through the end of the wild ride that has been 2020. I’m not sure how, but I thought it was still March? Either way, this will be the last From the Editor’s Desk for the year, as we wind down for some rest and relaxation before 2021. So I want to spend this week doing a little reflecting back on 2020.

I know that this year has been tough for a lot of folks, and my heart hurts for all of those affected. I’ve been doing my best to support small businesses around me throughout the year, whether it’s ordering takeout and delivery from small mom ‘n’ pop shops (oh, so much delivery) and purchasing handmade goods from individuals on Etsy and other sites. Unfortunately, I’m not made of money (don’t we all wish we were?), but I have been trying to help those struggling businesses and individuals however I can.

Since I never mentioned what I was thankful for last month (the month of giving thanks), I want to say that I’m quite thankful for having a job here at iMore. I love technology and writing, so being able to combine the two in order to create content for you guys to read is one of the things that keeps me going every day. My colleagues here at iMore are also fantastic, and I appreciate every single one of them each and every day. We took some big hits this year when Rene Ritchie went indie and Lory Gil moved on to a job at the mothership, but alas, the rest of us need to carry on — as they say, business as usual. The transition has been smooth so far, and I’m still confident in Joe Keller‘s abilities overall. We’re in good hands!

I’m also personally thankful that my immediate family has not fallen ill with COVID-19 so far, and my husband and I have been healthy throughout this entire ordeal so far. We have been doing our parts the best we can when it comes to staying home as much as possible, social distancing, and wearing a face mask when out in public for essentials. If you need a recommendation on the best face mask, the only ones my husband and I have been using as of late are Tom Bihn’s Cloth Face Masks. They are the most comfortable ones I have, and they’re easy to breathe in. I also really enjoy the fact that they have stretchy, adjustable ear loops and a neck lanyard! So I can have my face mask hanging around my neck, ready to go anytime. And since I require glasses, I appreciate having the slot for a metal wire around my nose bridge — my glasses do not fog up with these. If you’re struggling to find the perfect face mask to use, I really recommend checking out Tom Bihn’s Face Masks. There are three variations, and they all have at least two layers of cloth.

And as a gift for myself for Christmas, I finally just bit the bullet and bought myself a brand new 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina Display to replace my super old late 2013 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro that I’ve been using daily. My MBP has been acting up a lot as of late, and while I was really trying to hold out for an M1 iMac, I decided I should treat myself and get something that would work better than what I have right now. Plus, I feel that Apple will give the M1 treatment to the 21.5-inch iMac (or whatever smaller size) first since the 27-inch was just updated a few months ago, and quite frankly, I don’t think my current daily driver can hold out much longer. I’m expecting my 27-inch iMac to come in January (configured with 16GB of RAM and 1TB SSD), so I can’t wait to start working with a shiny new machine! Anyways, just wanted to share my excitement — hopefully, you all treated yourselves to something nice as well. After this year, we could all use something nice.

I’ve also been using nothing but the AirPods Max since I received them on Tuesday — the review is coming along and will be available soon, so stay tuned.

I hope you all have a great holiday, and we’ll pick this column up next year!

- Christine Romero-Chan

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