Apple's iPhone takes center stage
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Apple took several bold steps this year, proving that it's one of the most influential companies in the technology and media worlds.
Presumably you've heard of the iPhone. Apple's first attempt at cracking the mobile phone market was received with almost unprecedented coverage from both the technology and mainstream media. The iPhone was first, and made its debut on a balmy June night to lines of customers all over the country. We, along with hundreds of our colleagues, were there as swept the country for a day.
As the year progressed, Apple
Not everything went as smoothly as planned, as
This year was not just about the iPhone, however. Apple totally in September, bringing the iPhone's interface over to the iPod Touch, and tweaking the iPod Nano in a more video-friendly manner. Six years after it was first introduced, the iPod continued its run as Apple's single most successful product ever, and shipments during this holiday season are expected to top last year's 21 million units.
Apple also saw a great deal of momentum around the Mac. The company continued to benefit from the PC industry's overall move toward notebooks, but didn't do much with the basic MacBook Pro and MacBook design during 2007. It did launchwith the titanium-gray color scheme used on the Mac Pro and MacBook Pro.
And although it had to be delayed four months to make sure the iPhone launched on time,
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