This year was certainly an interesting twelve months for Apple, as the Cupertino-based corporation remained the world’s most valuable company despite a number of ups and downs. Last March, at the third-generation iPad event, Apple CEO Tim Cook promised that 2012 would be a year full of innovation and that there was a lot to look forward to.
In hindsight, we know that Apple launched a number of new products and services this year. Following the third-generation iPad launch, Apple took the stage at WWDC 2012 in June to announce its next-generation MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lineups, including the flagship MacBook Pro with Retina display. Then, in the summer, OS X Mountain Lion was released for Mac.
Apple proceeded to have quite a busy Fall season, with two separate special events. In late September, the iPhone 5 was released alongside the fifth-generation iPod touch and seventh-generation iPod nano. September also saw the release of the iOS 6 software update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. A month later, in October, Apple released the rumored iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad.
But, to much surprise, Apple then unveiled its brand new lineup of ultra-thin iMacs alongside refreshed Mac Minis and the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. Tim Cook concluded that special event in October by noting that Apple had fulfilled its promise of making 2012 an innovative year, which I still agree with wholeheartedly. Despite some recent stumbles, I’m excited about Apple heading into 2013.