Despite Apple's many marketing, business, and technology achievements this year, 2011 will be remembered as the year that Steve Jobs died. Consider these 11 other highs and lows For Apple in 2011.
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Apple's gift from EU and U.S. regulators is a pair of investigations into its ebook pricing practices. Apple may have to revise its plan for world domination, or at least accept that it can't set prices in the publishing industry as it might like.
But such worries can wait until next year. As for 2011, Apple can be proud of what it accomplished. (The blue line represents Apple's share price growth in 2011, while the red line represents Google, and the yellow line represents Microsoft.)
Server Market SplitsvilleJust because the server market's in the doldrums doesn't mean innovation has ceased. Far from it -- server technology is enjoying the biggest renaissance since the dawn of x86 systems. But the primary driver is now service providers, not enterprises.