“This year was the first full year that Apple operated without its iconic co-founder, Steve Jobs,” Chloe Albanesius reports for PC Magazine. “While Jobs likely had a hand in many of the products that made their debut in 2012 – the iPhone 5, new iPad, and iPad mini – this year was Tim Cook’s chance to show us whether Apple without Steve could still deliver.”

“Cupertino made a splash in 2012, selling millions of iOS devices, reaching a record-high valuation, and winning a $1.05 billion patent victory over Samsung,” Albanesius reports. “But there were also questions about worker abuse, an executive shakeup after the lackluster debut of Apple Maps, and a recent stock slump.”

Albanesius reports, “Still, Apple had its bumps in the road under Jobs, too (‘You’re holding it wrong!’). Whatever its troubles, the company can still draw crowds for product launches and create blogging hysteria with any and all rumors about what its next iDevice might include. The true test will be what becomes of Apple once it embarks on projects in which Jobs did not have a hand. Until then, let’s take a look back at the year that was.”

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