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 and a consortium of other companies including EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, Research In Motion, and Sony prevailed in a $4.5 billion bid to acquire Nortel's patent portfolio. Google had been expected to buy the patents, after setting the initial price of $900 million with a so-called stalking horse bid earlier in the year. It was a sign that the patent war between companies in the mobile tech industry is only likely to become more intense.
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.