After years of consecutive record-breaking quarters, it seems a bit like pointing at the moon to say that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is going to have a successful 2012. Consumer excitement for the company’s products remains high. Wall Street remains rapt by the company as well. Despite a few months of wiggling, it’s not unrealistic to think AAPL shares could very well hit $500.
2012 will not be another year of merely refinement. Much as 2010 was marked by the release of bold new releases — particularly the original iPad — next year will see Apple release a number of new devices sure to capture the attention of excited consumers. Here are five big Apple releases to expect in 2012: