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.
Earlier this year, Apple was criticized for storing location information, unencrypted, in the iPhone and iTunes. The company quickly addressed the issue. More recently, privacy watchdogs around the world have been taking aim at Android handset makers and carriers for supporting Carrier IQ, a diagnostic tool for smartphones that tracks all kinds of information. Apple, which disabled the feature, says it will remove it entirely in a future software update. Simply put, Apple has become a leader in mobile privacy this year.
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