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 release of Final Cut Pro X in June turned out to be one of its biggest missteps in years. Despite reducing the price of its professional movie editing application by hundreds of dollars, Apple managed to alienate a vocal group of power users by dropping support for technologies used by professional video editors and by neglecting to implement support for such features at launch. Apple didn't address some of the complaints until September with its 10.0.1 update, and there are more issues still.
Also in June, Apple introduced iCloud at its annual developer conference, having spent over $1 billion for a data center in North Carolina (pictured here) to support cloud services. And Apple's cloud-oriented construction isn't complete: The company is said to be looking at a possible data center site in Oregon, near where Facebook and Google have built data centers.
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.