Ten Apple moments in the year since Jobs' death

Apple has thrived but its path has not been smooth

By , IDG News Service |  IT Management

Apple launches the new iPad, with 2048-by-1536 display, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and 4G access. Consumer Reports initially says the tablet overheats, causing a stir, but eventually the watchdog group gives it its blessing.

June 11: Ivy Bridge takes over

Apple unveils new Macs with Intel Ivy Bridge processors, including a MacBook Pro with a groundbreaking 15.4-inch, 2880 by 1800-pixel display.

June 28: A hardware boss steps down, then back up

Apple's top hardware engineer, Bob Mansfield, announces his plans to retire. He is the top hardware engineer for Apple's iPhone, iPad and other products. Two months later he reverses his decision and decides to stay.

July 9: Falling out with the greens

Apple withdraws its products from the EPEAT environmental rating system, raising concerns among environmentalists and making it hard for organizations with green purchasing requirements to buy its products. Soon after, Apple admits its misstep and rejoins EPEAT.

August 24: A cool billion

A jury awards Apple $1.05 billion in damages after it wins a massive patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung. The Korean firm has since appealed, claiming juror misconduct. It's one of numerous court battles Apple is waging against Android smartphone makers worldwide, including one with Motorola Mobility.

Sept. 12: Five million iPhone 5s

Apple announces the iPhone 5 with a larger display and support for LTE networking. The reviews are mixed, with some disappointed the phone does not have NFC, but Apple still sells 5 million iPhone 5s over the first weekend. Soon after, customers start finding inaccuracies in Apple's mapping software, which replaced Google Maps in iOS 6.

Sept. 28: Apple Maps loses its way

In an about-face, CEO Tim Cook apologizes for the mapping software problems and Apple posts instructions for how users can access other map services from their device, including Google Maps.

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