After Steve: Apple's ten big post-Jobs moments

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It's been a busy, bumpy year for Apple since Steve Jobs passed away last October 5. On the up side, the company won a massive jury award against Samsung for patent infringement, and in April it became arguably the most valuable company in history when its market capitalization passed $600 billion for the first time. At the same time, Apple made some rare U-turns in response to flaps over the EPEAT environmental standard and the mapping software on its newest iPhone.

Here are the ten biggest things that happened in the world of Apple over the past 12 months.

October 10, 2011: iPhone 4S flies out the gate

Pre-orders for the iPhone 4S hit one million on the first day, according to Apple, breaking the record set by the iPhone 4. More than four million units are sold over the first three days. Some customers complain that the battery drains too fast,; Apple tackles the issue with a software update.

December 12, 2011: eBook price cartel?

Regulators in Europe accuse Apple and five book publishers of colluding to set prices for e-books. The U.S. files a similar complaint a few months later. In September, Apple and four of the publishers offers to end the dispute in Europe by allowing and other retailers to resume discounts and promotions for at least two years. In the U.S., Apple is expected to go to court over the matter next year.

January 26, 2012: Trouble at the mill

Apple comes under fire when The New York Times publishes a story describing poor working conditions at factories in China, where its products are made. The issue dogs Apple throughout the year, with a subsequent investigation calling out unsafe conditions and worker abuse. A labor group  later says that conditions are now improving.

March 7, 2012: New iPad spawns 'heatgate'

Apple launches the new iPad, with a high-res display, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, and 4G access. Consumer Reports causes a stir when it initially reports that the tablet overheats, but eventually the watchdog group gives the iPad its blessing.

June 11, 2012: Ivy Bridge takes over

Apple unveils new Macs with Intel Ivy Bridge processors, including a MacBook Pro with a groundbreaking 15.4-inch Retina display.

June 28, 2012: A hardware boss steps down, then back up

Bob Mansfield, the top hardware engineer for Apple's iPhone, iPad, and other products, announces his plans to retire. Two months later he reverses course and decides to stay.

July 9, 2012: Falling out with the greens

Apple withdraws its products from the EPEAT environmental rating system, raising concerns among environmentalists and making it hard for organizations with green-purchasing requirements to buy its products. Soon after, Apple admits its misstep and rejoins EPEAT.

August 24, 2012: A cool billion

A jury awards Apple $1.05 billion in damages after it wins a massive patent-infringement lawsuit against Samsung. The Korean firm has since appealed, claiming juror misconduct. It's one of numerous court battles Apple is waging against makers of Android smartphones worldwide, including one with Motorola Mobility.

September 12, 2012: Five million iPhone 5s

Apple announces the iPhone 5 with a larger display and support for LTE networking. The reviews are mixed, with some disappointed the phone does not have NFC, but Apple still sells five million iPhone 5s over the first weekend. Soon after, customers start finding inaccuracies in Apple's mapping software, which replaced Google Maps in iOS 6.

September 28, 2012: Apple Maps loses its way

In an about-face, CEO Tim Cook apologizes for the mapping software problems and Apple posts instructions for how users can access other map services from their device, including Google Maps.

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