The time has come to wish year 2011 adieu and welcome year 2012. Year 2011 had been an eventful year and the tech industry kept itself busy with new product launches.

How can we describe Year 2011? Year 2011 could easily be called the 'Year of Apple'. It was the year when Apple overtook Exxon-Mobil to become the world's most valuable company (in terms of market capitalization), albeit for a short while. It was the year when Apple released new operating systems for its mobile devices (iOS) and its Mac line of computers (Mac OS X Lion). It was a year when Apple launched its newest iPhone - iPhone 4S - which shattered previous debut weekend iPhone sales records. It was also a year when tragedy struck the technology giant - Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs passed away, succumbing to pancreatic cancer. Indeed, year 2011 could be called a bitter-sweet year for Apple.

However, the technology industry is not just about Apple though Apple is a giant in the industry. Start the slideshow to check out the top 10 (technology-related) news that shook the world in 2011. And, before you start, here's wishing all Tech & Trend readers a Very Happy New Year.

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