SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — It’s that time of year where tech analysts, much like editors, put together their year-end lists. Apple’s first year without Steve Jobs along with their legal strife against Samsung near the top of my list of biggest tech stories of 2012.
Jobs passed away in October 2011. In their first full year without the tech legend, they managed to pull off releasing the iPhone 5 and the iPad Mini. The devices were both important, but by no means would I call it revolutionary.
Also, a jury ordered Samsung to pay $1.05 billion to Apple in a highly-publicized patent infringement case, but the case remains far from settled. It wasn’t a great year, given the Apple Maps controversy, but overall the company is doing well.