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

 
 
By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-12-30
 
 
 

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.

Verizon iPhone 4

iPad 2

Apple's second big unveiling of 2011 came March 2, when Jobs took a San Francisco stage to unveil the next-generation iPad 2. The 9.7-inch tablet featured a dual-core processor, front- and rear-facing cameras, and a thinner body.

iPad 2

Massive Lines

The iPad 2 hit store shelves March 11. In New York City, hundreds of people lined up at Apple stores, anxious to get their hands on the tablet.

Massive Lines

Mac OS X Lion

By the end of February, Apple had released a developer preview of Mac OS X Lion, the next version of its PC operating system. In June, Jobs and other executives took to the stage at San Francisco's Moscone Center to profile the operating system's new features.

Mac OS X Lion

Mac App Store

Apple's Mac App Store also launched in January, starting off with more than 1,000 free and paid applications for Mac OS X.

Mac App Store

MacBook Air Becomes Default

Apple released Lion in mid-July. That was combined with the termination of the company's iconic white MacBook, which made its lowest-priced MacBook Air the company's default entry-level laptop.

MacBook Air Becomes Default

iPhone 4S

Instead of the long-anticipated "iPhone 5," Apple's new iPhone in 2011 was the "iPhone 4S," which seemed virtually identical in appearance to the iPhone 4. Nonetheless, it boasted a more powerful processor along with Siri, a "personal digital assistant" that responded to the user's voice queries.

iPhone 4S

iOS 5 and Siri

The iPhone 4S also came loaded with iOS 5, a significant upgrade to the company's mobile operating system.

iOS 5 and Siri

Market

Apple's robust device sales, and the increasing size of its retail footprint, allowed it to fend off various rivals seeking to eat substantially into its smartphone and tablet market shares.

Market

Steve Jobs

On Oct. 5, Apple announced Steve Jobs' death, its Website opening with a black-and-white photo of him. The accompanying statement read: "Apple has lost a visionary and a creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being."??í

Steve Jobs

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