The death of Apple's transformative CEO Steve Jobs in October, aged 56, left a cloud over the tech world. Although the news was not particularly surprising – he had been battling cancer for several years and had stepped down as Apple's CEO in August – Jobs' death deprived the tech world of one of its true visionaries.
Jobs' death came just a day after Apple launched its latest product, the iPhone 4S. In a typically Jobsian move, the iPhone 4S confounded the expectations of observers (including this very site) who'd been expecting a radically redesigned iPhone 5. Instead, it was an evolutionary step rather than a revolutionary one – upgrading the iPhone 4's innards to a dual-core A5 processor and the camera to an 8MP monster.
Elsewhere, Apple's rivals geared up for the next round of the smartphone wars, with the launch of the first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich handset, the Galaxy Nexus. Motorola delved into its back catalogue, reviving the RAZR name as an Android handset.
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