Looking back: the five most important Apple stories of 2012


2012 was a roller coaster of a year for Apple and those who depend on its ecosystem. It was the first full year Apple operated under CEO Tim Cook's thumb, and there were plenty of ups and downs for Cook to ride on.

We thought we'd highlight five of the most notable Apple-related stories as we look back on the last 12 months. Some directly affect Apple's user base more than others, but they all contributed to a company going through developmental change—on the inside and out. In chronological order…