Enterprise Mobility: Apple's 2011 Saw New iPhone, iPad, Mac OS X, Steve Jobs' Death

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-12-30 Print this article Print
Verizon iPhone 4

Verizon iPhone 4

In January, Apple whipped the curtain back from one of tech's worst-kept secrets: the iPhone 4 on Verizon. With the exception of tinkering with the antenna to make it Code Division Multiple Access-applicable (CDMA-applicable), the Verizon version of the iPhone 4 offered precious little difference from the AT&T version in both hardware and software.
Apple's 2011 saw the expected release of a new iPad and iPhone, both of which helped the company fend off more robust challenges from Google Android and a host of new competitors. Even as Apple gained strength and prominence, however, it faced the illness and death of co-founder CEO Steve Jobs. Many of Apple's releases were widely anticipated. In January, it announced the iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless. Apple's second big unveiling of 2011 came March 2, when Jobs took a San Francisco stage to unveil the next-generation iPad 2. "Is 2011 going to be the year of the copycats? I think if we did nothing, maybe a little bit," he told the audience. "But we haven't been resting on our laurels." Both the Verizon iPhone and iPad 2 sold well. Apple's laptops and desktops also began to take on characteristics of the company's mobile products, with the introduction of a Mac App Store that clearly took its cues from the App Store for iOS. That Mac App Store came as part of Mac OS X Lion, Apple's latest Mac OS X upgrade, which it released in mid-July. At the same time, Apple also terminated its iconic white MacBook, making the lowest-priced MacBook Air the entry-level laptop. In October, Apple continued its blockbuster sales run with the iPhone 4S. Steve Jobs died Oct. 5, following a long battle with cancer. His influence on the company will be felt for some time.
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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