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 developer community came under attack in May when a patent-holding company, Lodsys, sued several developers of iOS apps, claiming that their use of Apple's in-app purchase technology violated its patents. Left unanswered, Lodsys's litigation could have driven developers away from iOS, for fear of being named in a ruinously expensive patent claim. But Apple responded to calls for help from its developer community by asking judge in the case for permission to intervene. The case continues to creep along, but it looks like less of an existential threat to third-party development than it did initially.
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.