“2012 was certainly a year of change at Apple, though the company made more money and sold more devices than ever. From the consumer side, it’s hard to argue with retina MacBook Pros and new iPads—especially when they come out ahead of schedule,” Jacqui Cheng reports for Ars Technica. “But from within Apple, the changes were much more significant.”

“Over the last year, four important Apple executives left the company,” Cheng reports. “One of those execs was hired and fired within that year. Another chose to retire, only to take a few steps back several months later. We thought we’d take a look at these four and what roles they played within the Apple ecosystem to see what all the fuss was about—for better or for worse.”

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