FORTUNE -- There was no shortage of big Apple (AAPL) news in 2012, from a billion-dollar jury verdict to a three-month bear market that lopped $260 billion off the company's market cap. But of the 814 items filed in this space over the past 12 months, these were the 10 that -- for good or ill -- interested the most readers:
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FORTUNE -- In February of this year, a group of investors visited Apple as part of a "bus tour" led by a research analyst for Citibank. The session started with a 45-minute presentation by Peter Oppenheimer, Apple's chief financial officer, and the 15 or so investors who attended the session were treated to Apple's unique brand MOREAdam Lashinsky, Sr. Editor at Large - May 24, 2012 5:00 AM ET
Radio reporter Rob Schmitz took a microphone AND a camera to the assembly line
It's not as slick as ABC's, and you don't get to see the reporter riding in a van, donning a bunny suit, or chatting up the workers. But Rob Schmitz' simple, hand-held video tour of Foxconn's Shenzhen iPad factory -- posted Wednesday on American Public Media's Marketplace website -- gives you a better feel for what goes MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 12, 2012 6:13 AM ET
The re-burnishing of Apple's corporate image continues
Rob Schmitz gets his reward this week.
The China correspondent for American Public Media's Marketplace -- whose reporting exposed the lies in Mike Daisey's The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs and who joined Ira Glass last month in Daisey's public humiliation on This American Life -- was given an exclusive tour inside an iPad factory, courtesy of Foxconn and Apple (AAPL) public relations.
He's MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 8, 2012 8:13 AM ET
The heat generated by Consumer Reports' thermal test is likely to dissipate quickly
Mike Daisey owes Consumer Reports' Donna Tapellini a thank-you note for diverting attention -- at least briefly -- from his malfeasances with her preliminary report on the new iPad.
CR engineers discovered -- and on Tuesday Tapellini reported -- that playing Infinity Blade II for 45 uninterrupted minutes made the new device up to to 13 degrees F "hotter" (her MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 21, 2012 11:09 AM ET
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* Off-broadway performer Mike Daisey took to his blog in response to mounting criticism that he "partially fabricated" his observations of Foxconn iPad factories. "In the last forty-eight hours I have been equated with Stephen Glass, James Frey, and Greg Mortenson," he wrote. "Given the tenor of the condemnation, you would MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Mar 20, 2012 3:30 AM ET
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* Apple (AAPL) is holding a conference call later this morning to discuss what the company intends to do with its roughly $100 billion in cash. (Fortune)
* Late last week, the highly-respected radio show This American Life announced it was retracting an episode it aired about a Foxconn iPad factory because one source, off-Broadway performer MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Mar 19, 2012 3:30 AM ET
Why did the company keep its silence, when it knew a year ago what we know now?
Mike Daisey began performing his off-Broadway monologue "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs" in January 2011. The show, which cast a harsh light on the working conditions in the Chinese factories that produce nearly half of the world's electronic devices, was presented as fact -- a description of what Daisey saw first MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 18, 2012 8:34 AM ET
A monologist who shined a harsh light on Apple has himself come under scrutiny
"Daisey lied to me," wrote This American Life executive producer Ira Glass Friday as he announced that his radio show was withdrawing its most popular episode -- an excerpt of Mike Daisey's off-Broadway show about Apple's (AAPL) labor practices in China -- and canceling a live presentation of Daisey's "The Agony and the Ecstacy of Steve Jobs" MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 16, 2012 4:28 PM ET
Mike Daisey has released the script of his controversial monologue on the Internet
UPDATE: Anybody who is interested in Mike Daisey's work should first listen to the retraction prepared by This American Life here.
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Even as he performs an extended stay of his monologue The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs at the New York Public Theater, Mike Daisey has done a rare thing for a professional writer and MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 22, 2012 4:16 PM ET
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