A Tech Year in Review – 2011

Another year has come and gone, and 2011 generated some cool, amazing, and sad stories in the world of technology. We had the release of the new iPad, to the death of Steve Jobs. This is the JTS Year in Review 2011.

iPad 2 InvitationOn March 2nd, 2011, Steve Jobs announced the iPad 2. It was a shock to see him at the keynote, as many thought he would not be there due to health problems. However, here we could see how much his health had deteriorated compared to other keynotes. The iPad 2 was a significant upgrade from the original iPad. Apple introduced the A5 chip, and this made iPad the first dual core tablet on the market. It introduced Facetime, with a front and rear camera. Also, iOS 4.3 was released then too.

On March 11, Japan suffered an earthquake and tsunami. With the tsunami, it did hurt some manufacturing businesses, with the tsunami destroying some of the plants that businesses relied on. As a result, production was down.

WWDC2011On June 6 was the Apple World Wide Developers Conference. As it presented many new additions to Apple, this was the last time we saw Steve Jobs give a keynote speech. At WWDC, we saw the release of Mac OS X Lion. This was Apple’s new OS for their Macs. We also saw a preview of iOS 5, as the SDK was released to developers. Finally, we saw the release of iCloud and iTunes Match. For more information on OSX Lion, click here.

Then on July 12, Netflix released a price hike on their service, forcing many people to quit the service.

Fast-forward to August 26, and this is when we heard that Steve Jobs had stepped down as the CEO of Apple. He will now was replaced by the former COO Tim Cook. However, Steve would serve as chairman of the board now.  “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know,” Mr. Jobs said in a letter to Apple’s board of directors. “Unfortunately, that day has come.”

AppleiPhone4SmediaeventNext, we had the “disappointing” Apple event on October 4th. This was the first keynote event for CEO Tim Cook. No new iPods were released at this event. However, iPhone 4S was released, with Siri. Also, iCloud & iOS 5 released at this time, and soon after, iTunes Match. To read more about the iPhone 4S, click here.


But only one day later came the tragic death of former CEO Steve Jobs. Apple said, “We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve. His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.” This was a tragic death that took the technology world by shock. Steve Jobs had given the world innovation, and products that changed the world. For a more in depth biography about his life and our reflection at JTS, click here.

This was a quote from the Think Different campaign back when Steve Jobs became CEO. This is now our JTS Quote of the Year.

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

These are only some events that happened this year. There was also the launch of Google+, new Facebook changes, the announcement of Windows 8 and may more. You can find articles about these topics on our website.

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About Jordan Yep

Senior Editor and President of Jordan's Tech Stop. From a young age, he has always been fascinated by technology, and enjoys reporting and checking out the latest in the tech world. Jordan has an IT Essentials certification from Cisco, which he received in 2012. Email Jordan at:

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