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12 noteworthy Apple innovations in Jobs' reign

We look at 12 noteworthy innovations rolled out under Jobs' leadership at Apple

There's an app for that: the iPad

As with mobile phones and MP3 players, Apple rarely invents new product genres but instead perfects and popularises existing ones. Such was the case with the iPad, a tablet computer released in 2010 that ran the iPhone operating system, rechristened iOS. Apple sold more iPads in its first three months than all other tablet competitors had in 2009 combined.

Compatible with iPhone apps and iTunes songs, the iPad further popularised the idea of an 'app store' while redefining what it means to be a tablet. Previously, tablet computers were simply portable Windows machines with a stylus-driven interface; after the iPad, almost all tablet computers offer touch interfaces powered by mobile operating systems such as Android.

The second-generation iPad is already one of the most anticipated products of 2011, while iOS's App Store has already made its way back to the Mac with the recent launch of the Mac App Store, one of the key features in the upcoming eighth iteration of Mac OS X, Lion.

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Changing everything. Again: the iPhone 4

After the original iPhone launched in 2007, Apple released new models annually, following with the iPhone 3G , iPhone 3GS and, most recently, the iPhone 4 - which made headlines before it was even released, due to a misplaced prototype that landed in the hands of a Gizmodo editor.

The latest iPhone added a front-facing camera as well as video chat with other iPhone and (eventually) Mac users using the FaceTime app. It also doubled the resolution of its three predecessors, courtesy what Apple dubbed the Retina display.

However, the feature that earned the iPhone 4 the most headlines was the 'death grip': holding the iPhone a certain way interfered with its antennas, causing a loss of signal strength. For this reason, despite glowing reviews from Consumer Reports, the publication could not otherwise recommend Apple's mobile phone.


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