December 30, 2012
Although 2012 wasn't quite Apple's annus horribilis, it wasn't the best year for the tech giant. Here are the top 10 stories that made news during the year that was.
The story of the yearThe iOS 6 Maps debacle
Other stories that made newsRefresh, refresh, refresh Google Maps and YouTube in iOS 6. However, public outcry convinced Apple to let each of them return as third-party apps. The result was a reenergized Google, which emerged as the top technology company of the year. The world of Tim Cook For better or worse, 2012 turned out to be the year Tim Cook firmly took the reins at Apple. Appointed CEO in August 2011, Cook largely followed Steve Jobs’ script for his first year at the helm. However, as the leaves began to fall, it become clear that Cook was his own man. Whether it was his quick apology for iOS 6 Maps, the launch of the iPad mini, or his executive shakeup that left many initially scratching their heads, Cook proved to be a much different leader than his predecessor. Facebook buys Instagram, while everyone else joins in The social network bought the company behind the camera app sensation for $1 billion. By the end of the year, a mini fury unfolded over something Facebook knows far too much about: privacy issues. Meanwhile, as the likely result of the Instagram purchase, Google bought Snapseed, while Twitter also got into the photo-taking game. While Facebook's long-term plans for Instagram remain largely unclear, one thing is certain: 2013 will see the arrival of Instagram ads. The iPad mini was real, and popular Apple’s hardware guru received a promotion when Forstall was shown the door. Now, it will be up to Ive and Craig Federighi to reshape iOS in 2013 and beyond. I want my iTV The year was supposed to end with the arrival of an actual Apple television. However, despite the rumors, Cupertino held off releasing the so-called iTV. Alas, a new year is about to begin. The new iTunes 11 Delayed by nearly two months, iTunes 11 finally arrived in November. Less cumbersome and quicker than previous versions, Apple’s digital hub now looks a lot like its iOS counterpart. There were certainly other Apple stories that made news this year, including the company's stock surge and swoon, the arrival of Passbook, and more. However, we hope that we covered the most important ones on our list. Are there stories you would have added here?
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