Apple Inc. (Apple), is an American multinational corporation that was established on April 1, 1976 and incorporated on January 3, 1977. Apple designs, manufactures and markets a range of personal computers, mobile communication and media devices, and portable digital music players, and sells a range of related software, services, peripherals, networking solutions, and third-party digital content and applications. The Company’s products and services include Macintosh (Mac) computers, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, Xserve, a portfolio of consumer and professional software applications.
The Company sells its products globally through its retail stores, online stores, and direct sales force and third-party cellular network carriers, wholesalers, retailers, and value-added resellers. Also, the Company sells to consumer, small and mid-sized business (SMB), education, enterprise, government and creative markets. As of September 25, 2010, the Company had opened a total of 317 retail stores, including 233 stores in the United States and 84 stores internationally. In addition to consumer, SMB, education, enterprise, government and creative markets, the Company provides hardware and software products and solutions for customers in the information technology and scientific markets.
The Company operates in five segments: Americas, Europe, Japan, Asia-Pacific and Retail. The Americas segment includes both North and South America. The Europe segment includes European countries, as well as the Middle East and Africa. The Asia-Pacific segment includes Australia and Asia, but does not include Japan. The Retail segment operates Apple-owned retail stores in the United States and in international markets. The Company offers a range of personal computing products, mobile communication and media devices, and portable digital music players, as well as a range of related software, services, peripherals, networking solutions and various third-party hardware and software products.
Mac Hardware Products
The Company offers a range of personal computing products, including desktop and portable computers, Xserve servers, related devices and peripherals, and third-party hardware products. The Company’s Mac desktop and portable systems feature Intel microprocessors; its Mac OS X Version 10.6 Snow Leopard (Mac OS X Snow Leopard) operating system and the iLife suite of software for creation and management of digital photography, music, movies, digital versatile discs (DVDs) and Websites.
Internet Software and Services
The Company is focused on delivering integration with and access to the Internet throughout the Company’s products and services. Safari 5 is the version of the Company’s Web browser that is compatible with Macs and Windows-based computers. MobileMe is an annual subscription-based suite of Internet services that delivers e-mail, contacts and calendars to and from native applications on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Macs, and Windows-based computers.
It has been reported that software company, Apple has more cash on hand than the United states of America’s government.
In its recently released quarterly financial reports, Apple Inc. is to have $76.4 billion in reserve cash while most powerful nation on earth is sitting on $73.7 billion.
As of September 2010, Apple had 46,600 full time employees and 2,800 temporary full time employees worldwide and had worldwide annual sales of $65.23 billion.