If you thought smart watches were just a fad, Apple has proven you wrong—today’s Cupertino Crew likes to dip into a product category only when it’s ready for a little polish. Love it or hate it, that’s what the Apple Watch did, and that’s why it’s one of the biggest gear stories of 2015. It’s in good company: Microsoft’s Surface Book, the trend towards a conversational user interface, hoverboards, and, yes, the iPad Pro round out our top five.

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The 5 Biggest Gear Stories of the Year