One way to look back at 2010 is to observe the stories that gained the most page impressions on the Macworld UK website. Gathered together they certainly tell a tale, while there are some surprising inclusions, it does give some indication as to what information people were seeking in the year that bought us the iPad, iPhone 4, and iOS 4.0.
Over the next few days we will examine the top 20 stories, be sure to come back tomorrow to find out what else had us clicking this year. You can read yesterday's installment here.
On 7 June 2010 Apple CEO Steve Jobs took to the stage for a keynote address at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference. In his keynote Jobs unveiled the iPhone 4.
Macworld was in San Francisco covering the event, with all the news and commentary as it happened and our live feed of the event was the sixth most popular story of 2010.
"Beyond a doubt, the most precise thing and one of the most beautiful things we've ever made. Glass on front and back, stainless steel around the edge. Precision on this thing...it's closest kin is like a beautiful old Leica camera," gushed Jobs as he introduced the new iPhone.
Somewhat surprisingly the seventh most popular story on the Macworld website in 2010 was from 2006. It was our story about the revelation that Apple's iPods are made by workers who earn as little as £27 per month, as seen in the Mail on Sunday.
The Mail visited some of the factories and spoke with staff there. The report claimed that Foxconn's Longhua plant houses 200,000 workers, remarking: "This iPod City has a population bigger than Newcastle's."
The Mail on Sunday report never appeared online, so Macworld was the first place to break the news about the iPod City. Soon after the news broke, Apple issued a statement saying: "Apple is committed to ensuring that working conditions in our supply chain are safe, workers are treated with respect and dignity, and manufacturing processes are environmentally responsible."
Foxconn was in the news a lot in 2010 as the company (owned by Hon Hai Precision Industry) was targeted by human rights activists over long working hours, poor conditions and low pay.
Activists claimed factory staff worked up to 12-hour days for nearly two weeks at a time, in the six months before the launch of Apple's best selling iPad.
Reports also appeared of a string of suicides at the Chinese Foxconn factories where Apple's gadgets are manufactured.
Our live feed of the special event at which Apple revealed details of its iPhone 4.0 update was the eighth most popular story in 2010.
Steve Jobs discussed the seven "tentpole" features of the new update, slated for release in the summer. The highlighted features included: Multitasking, location services, push notifications, task completion (so Flicker could continue working in the background), fast app switching, folders, wallpaper, an enhanced version of Mail, iBooks, better enterprise features, Game Centre, iAd.
iPhone 4.0 – renamed iOS 4 – launched on 21 June for iPhone users. iPad users had to wait until 23 November before they were able to take advantage of multitasking, folders and other new iOS 4 features.
In ninth place in the line up of the most popular stories on Macworld UK this year was our advice on how to import an iPad from the USA to the UK that we published on 16 April, just after the iPad launched in the US, and many weeks before the device went on sale here.
We explained how to buy an iPad, getting it first shipped to a US address, and then getting it forwarded from the USA to the UK. Essential ingredients being a friend in the US, and a means to paying them.
However, essentially, our advice was to wait.
Going back to Antenna gate, our tenth most popular news story was the announcement that Apple would offer free Bumper cases for all iPhone 4 users.
The offer ran until 30 September, and saw Apple dish out its £25 rubber band-like Bumper cases to iPhone 4 owners who wanted them.
Anyone who had already spent £25 on a case would apply to get their money back.
Apple knew that if users gripped the iPhone 4 a certain way that the bars of reception would drop, but didn't think it would be a big problem, CEO Steve Jobs said during the 15-minute presentation in Cupertino, California.
Tune in tomorrow for more of our top stories from 2010.