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.
Tescos's announcement that it would offer pay as you go and pay monthly tariffs for the iPhone, in conjunction with O2 was our 11th most popular story of 2011.
Thanks to Tesco, UK shoppers could get their hands on the iPhone 4 for as little as £20 a month on a 12 month contract. £35 and £45 deals are also offered, while the iPhone 4 16GB will cost £479 or £569 for the 32GB model on pay as you go.
Our coverage of the opening of the new London Apple Store in Covent Garden was our twelfth most popular story in 2010.
We described the new store as: "Less like a major retail outlet, more like a gallery space or museum to shiny Apple products." It can be found at No. 1-7 The Piazza, London, WC2E 8HA.
Back in January 2010 we were reporting rumours that Apple was about to announce an iPhone 4.0 update. While a little ahead of itself (the actual iPhone OS software didn't emerge until June) the rumour was spot on with the prediction that the update would include multitasking features with the ability to run apps in the background.
The reason the rumours arose in January was Apple's announcement that it would hold a special event on 27 January. This was, of course, the unveiling of the iPad, iPhone 4.0 (or iOS 4.0 as it came to be known) wasn't actually previewed until April.
One of the major Apple stories of 2010 was the discovery of a prototype iPhone 4 at a bar in San Francisco. Not surprisingly, coverage of leaked iPhone 4s was our 14th most popular story.
Somewhat surprising is the fact that the iPhone 4 story that got the most hits on Macworld UK wasn't regarding the Gizmodo case (see below), but rather the release of photos of a black and white iPhone 4 as seen on 28 May. Those photos were released by a Taiwanese site and were pretty spot on, in hindsight.
Gizmodo paid $5k for a prototype iPhone 4 that was found in a bar and encountered the wrath of Apple following publication of the photographs to the point where computers were seized and legal action taken.
Our 15th most popular story in 2010 was our unboxing of the iPad Keyboard dock with a photo gallery. Clearly the idea of being able to use an iPad with a keyboard, turning it into a laptop, was an appealing idea to many of our readers.
Our advice? We found it is quite feasible to use the iPad with any Bluetooth keyboard, with the added bonus of being able to use key combinations such as Command-C and Command-V to cut and paste.
Tune in tomorrow for more of Apple's top stories from 2010.