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We thought it may be interesting to note the top-ten tales we have published this year. These are the stories which generated the most page impressions here, and they show a continued interest across Apple's wide business interests.
This year's most-read story related to the Daily Mail's report that looked inside Apple's iPod factories, Apple's response to these claims came in as the ninth most-read tale we published this year, since 1 January, 2006.
The second most widely read tale was "Apple closes down OS X", this story claimed that Apple had made the Darwin (OS X) kernel for Intel Macs unavailable. The company later released the code, and once again reaffirmed its strong and growing commitment to the open-source movement (it's now the single biggest contributor to FreeBSD, for example).
In third place, "Apple Support docs address some iTunes 7 bugs", looked at some of the reports that claimed the first version of iTunes had some problems, particuarly on Windows systems. These were later corrected with a software update from the company.
Another widely reported problem captured fourth place this year, "Safari struck by Zip security warning". This reflected the increased focus security firms have on the Mac platform – they seem to believe hackers will migrate to the Mac eventually. However, as with most Safari-related security problems, simply disabling the "Open safe files after downloading" option in the browser's preferences foils such exploits.
It was UK spy, James Bond, who took fifth place position with the story, "James Bond 007, Licensed to Mac". This report looked at the extensive use of Macs in the preparation for release of the James Bond Ultimate Edition DVD Collection. This collection includes all twenty previously released Bond movies, all of which were digitally enhanced on 600 Power Mac G5s. The story described ease-of-use, low power requirements, and the Mac's facility when working with video as the reasons for choosing the platform.
Macs were central to this year's sixth most-read tale, when we wrote: "MacBook Pro availability improves, new iBooks imminent".
Blink and you may have missed it, but the seventh most-read story this year talked-up something other than the iPhone – in this case, it discussed rumours circulating at the time which claimed a "Flash-based Apple notebook at MWSF?". While it turned out to be a red herring, speculating as it did that Apple would release the product at last year's big Mac show, it's gaining currency in some circles as we approach Macworld San Francisco 2007, though that doesn't make it any more certain than any other crazy Apple rumour.
It was the Intel switch that turned a lot of Mac users on this year, with the tale, "Apple declares 20-inch iMac G5 'end of life'" emerging as the eight most-read tale this year. Published in March, it marked the rapid rate at which the company achieved its transition to new processors from Intel.
Finally, in tenth place, Adobe just managed to squeak in with the story "Adobe demos Creative Suite 3 on Intel". Published in June, the tale related a few fillips from a visit to London by InDesign product manager Chad Siegel, who demonstrated some new InDesign features.
Of course, merely because a story attracts the most readers doesn't necessarily make it the most important news item, so it's open to the floor – which stories do you, the readers, think were most important in 2006? Make your suggestions and debate them here in Macworld's forums.
Keep reading over the Christmas period for the latest Mac news as it breaks.