But the year wasn't so good for all tech products.
Let's recall the rise and fall of hoverboards and the ongoing saga of exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. Other products went more quietly into the night: The last ever VCR was manufactured in July.
Here's a closer look at the tech products that kicked the bucket in 2016.
Apple ( killed off the jack in September in favor of wireless headphones. The move, which upset some of its loyal users, forced new iPhone 7 users to either use a dongle or invest in wireless headsets. )
The company also encouraged users to buy its wire-free (and futuristic-looking) set of earbuds,, AirPods ($160)
The concept of wireless headsets might take time for a mass audience to accept, but it's a part of Apple's big effort to propel the audio market forward. In a few years, we'll likely look back on how weird it was that we once wore wires dangling from our ears.