Apple had a 2011 that was filled with great highs and great lows. The company's iPhone and iPad continued to be successful, and sales outpaced those the company posted in 2010. But 2011 was also the year that the company's co-founder and leader, Steve Jobs, passed away at the age of 56. To say that it was a sad day for consumers and Apple insiders alike would be an understatement. Through it all, Apple excelled in 2011. The company took on difficult tasks, met some challenges, and along the way, proved why it might just deserve the honor of being called the top technology company in the world. In the following slides, we're going to examine that a bit further, and talk about some of the many accomplishments of the Cupertino, Calif.-based company. From launching Siri to effectively handling privacy concerns, Apple had a benchmark year in 2011.
iPhone users have had an App Store since 2008. But Mac OS X users were left out in the cold until earlier this year. According to the latest data from Apple, more than 100 million programs have been downloaded from that store since its launch in January. The store has become so popular— and such an important part of Mac OS X— that Microsoft is planning to offer its own application store to Windows 8 users next year when that operating system launches.
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