“While 2007 might have seemed like the year of the iPhone, Apple will probably look back on 2008 as the year it became a cell phone company,” Tom Krazit reports for CNET.
“The iPhone began the year as a gadget status symbol in four countries and ended the year as the world’s second-best-selling smartphone, putting Apple in perhaps the best financial shape in the tech industry as the world entered a severe economic downturn,” Krazit reports.
“Late in the year, Apple revealed just how much cash the iPhone was generating for its business, after a blowout quarter… the iPhone 3G outsold Research In Motion’s BlackBerry and all Windows Mobile phones in the third quarter of the year, and application downloads surged as developers threw resources into the platform,” Krazit reports.
Plus, “the Mac continued to make steady gains. Apple’s market share rose each quarter as it continued to gain converts and overhauled its notebook lineup in October,” Krazit reports. And, “even after all these years, few companies are making any progress derailing the iPod train. Apple’s greatest worry with the iPod these days is what to do next, which started to play out late in the year, as the company pitched the iPod Touch as a gaming device.”
“And finally, Apple CEO Steve Jobs survived the year, despite the attempts of various hedge funds and speculators to diagnose him with cancer based on his gaunt appearance at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June. Jobs eventually revealed that he had had surgery for a digestive issue related to his 2005 treatment for pancreatic cancer. Subsequent public events in the year, as well as a rare appearance on an Apple earnings call, dampened speculation regarding his health,” Krazit reports.
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