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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When two security researchers announced that they'd found a database on the iPhone filled with location data, it looked as if Apple would join Google and Facebook in the privacy penalty box. A week after the disclosure, following a letter of inquiry from members of Congress and a lawsuit in Florida, Apple explained that it was merely trying to build a database of Wi-Fi hotspots to help with location services when GPS data isn't available or is impractical. With the release of subsequent iOS updates, Apple remedied the situation, but not without marring its obsessively cultivated image.
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.