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  1. 1. Apple Inc. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Apple Inc. Type Public (NASDAQ: AAPL, LSE: 0HDZ, FWB: APC) Founded California, United States (April 1, 1976, as Apple Computer Inc.) Headquarters 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, California, United States Key people Steve Jobs (CEO, Chairman, and Co-founder) Steve Wozniak (Co-founder) Timothy D. Cook (COO and acting CEO) Peter Oppenheimer (CFO) Philip W. Schiller (SVP Marketing) Jonathan Ive (SVP Industrial Design) Mark Papermaster (SVP Device Engineering) Ron Johnson (SVP Retail) Sina Tamaddon (SVP Applications) Bertrand Serlet (SVP Software Engineering) Scott Forstall (SVP iPhone software) Bob Mansfield (SVP Mac Hardware) Daniel Cooperman (General Counsel and Secretary)
  2. 2. Industry Computer hardware Computer software Consumer electronics Products Mac iPod iPhone Apple TV Mac OS X Mac OS X Server iLife iWork Cinema Display AirPort Market cap US$ 80.0 billion (December 23, 2008) [1] Revenue ▲ US$ 32.48 billion (FY 2008) [2] Operating income ▲ US$ 6.28 billion (FY 2008) (19.32% operating margin) [2] Net income ▲ US$ 4.83 billion (FY 2008) (14.88% profit margin) [2] Employees 35,000 (January 21, 2009) [3] Website Apple Inc., (NASDAQ: AAPL) formerly Apple Computer Inc., is an American multinational corporation which designs and manufactures consumer electronics and software products. The company's best-known hardware products include Macintosh computers, the iPod and the iPhone. Apple software includes the Mac OS X operating system, the iTunes media browser, the iLife suite of multimedia and creativity software, the iWork suite of productivity software, and Final Cut Studio, a suite of professional audio and film-industry software products. The company operates more than 250 retail stores in nine countries[4] and an online store where hardware and software products are sold. Established in Cupertino, California on April 1, 1976 and incorporated January 3, 1977,[5] the company was called "Apple Computer, Inc." for its first 30 years, but dropped the word "Computer" on January 9, 2007[6] to reflect the company's ongoing expansion into the consumer electronics market in addition to its traditional focus on personal computers.[7] Apple has about 35,000 employees worldwide[3] and had worldwide annual sales of US$32.48 billion in its fiscal year ending September 29, 2008.[2] For reasons as various as its philosophy of comprehensive
  3. 3. aesthetic design to its distinctive advertising campaigns, Apple has established a unique reputation in the consumer electronics industry. This includes a customer base that is devoted to the company and its brand, particularly in the United States.[8] In 2008, Fortune magazine named Apple the most admired company in the United States.[9] Contents  1 History o 1.1 1976–1980: The early years o 1.2 1981–1985: Lisa and Macintosh o 1.3 1986–1993: Rise and fall o 1.4 1994–1997: Attempts at reinvention o 1.5 1998–2005: New beginnings o 1.6 2005–present: The Intel partnership  2 Current products o 2.1 Mac and accessories o 2.2 iPod o 2.3 iPhone o 2.4 Apple TV o 2.5 Software  3 Timeline of Apple products  4 Culture o 4.1 Business o 4.2 User  5 Corporate affairs o 5.1 Headquarters o 5.2 CEOs o 5.3 Directors o 5.4 Executives o 5.5 Advertising  5.5.1 Logos  5.5.2 Slogans  6 Environmental record  7 Criticism  8 References  9 Further reading  10 External links History Main article: History of Apple See also: Apple Inc. litigation 1976–1980: The early years
  4. 4. The Apple I, Apple's first product. Sold as an assembled circuit board, it lacked basic features such as a keyboard, monitor, and case. The owner of this unit added a keyboard and a wooden case. Apple was established on April 1, 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne,[10] to sell the Apple I personal computer kit. They were hand-built by Wozniak[11][12] and first shown to the public at the Homebrew Computer Club.[13] The Apple I was sold as a motherboard (with CPU, RAM, and basic textual-video chips)—less than what is today considered a complete personal computer.[14] The Apple I went on sale in July 1976 and was market-priced at $666.66.[15][16][17][18][19] Apple was incorporated January 3, 1977[5] without Wayne, who sold his share of the company back to Jobs and Wozniak for $800. Mike Markkula provided essential business expertise and funding of $250,000 during the incorporation of Apple.[20][21] The Apple II was introduced on April 16, 1977 at the first West Coast Computer Faire. It differed from its major rivals, the TRS-80 and Commodore PET, because it came with color graphics and an open architecture. While early models used ordinary cassette tapes as storage devices, they were superseded by the introduction of a 5 1/4 inch floppy disk drive and interface, the Disk II.[22] The Apple II was chosen to be the desktop platform for the first "killer app" of the business world—the VisiCalc spreadsheet program.[23] VisiCalc created a business market for the Apple II, and gave home users an additional reason to buy an Apple II—compatibility with the office.[23] According to Brian Bagnall, Apple exaggerated its sales figures and was a distant third place to Commodore and Tandy until VisiCalc came along.[24][25] By the end of the 1970s, Apple had a staff of computer designers and a production line. The Apple II was succeeded by the Apple III in May 1980 as the company competed with IBM and Microsoft in the business and corporate computing market.[26] Jobs and several Apple employees including Jef Raskin visited Xerox PARC in December 1979 to see the Xerox Alto. Xerox granted Apple engineers three days of access to the PARC facilities in return for $1 million in pre-IPO Apple stock.[27] Jobs was immediately convinced that all future computers would use a GUI, and development of a GUI began for the Apple Lisa.[28] 1981–1985: Lisa and Macintosh
  5. 5. The heroine from Apple's 1984 ad, set in a dystopian future modeled after the Orwell novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, set the tone for the introduction of the Macintosh. Steve Jobs began working on the Apple Lisa in 1978 but in 1982 he was pushed from the Lisa team due to infighting, and took over Jef Raskin's low-cost-computer project, the Macintosh. A turf war broke out between Lisa's "corporate shirts" and Jobs' "pirates" over which product would ship first and save Apple. Lisa won the race in 1983 and became the first personal computer sold to the public with a GUI, but was a commercial failure due to its high price tag and limited software titles.[29] The Macintosh 128K, the first Macintosh computer. In 1984, Apple next launched the Macintosh. Its debut was announced by the now famous $1.5 million television commercial, "1984". It was directed by Ridley Scott, aired during the third quarter of Super Bowl XVIII on January 22, 1984,[30] and is now considered a watershed event for Apple's success[31] and a masterpiece.[32][33] The Macintosh initially sold well, but follow-up sales were not strong.[34] The machine's fortunes changed with the introduction of the LaserWriter, the first PostScript laser printer to be offered at a reasonable price point, and PageMaker, an early desktop publishing package. The Mac was particularly powerful in this market due to its advanced graphics capabilities, which were already necessarily built-in to create the intuitive Macintosh GUI. It has been suggested that the combination of these three products was responsible for the creation of the desktop publishing market.[35]
  6. 6. With continued strong sales of the Apple II, and the introduction of the Macintosh, Apple's sales reached new highs and the company had its initial public offering on September 7, 1984. A power struggle developed between Jobs and new CEO John Sculley in 1985.[36] Apple's board of directors sided with Sculley and Jobs was removed from his managerial duties.[34] Jobs resigned from Apple and founded NeXT Inc. the same year.[37] Apple's sustained growth during the early 1980s was partly due to its leadership in the education sector, attributed to their adaptation of the programming language LOGO, used in many schools with the Apple II. The drive into education was accentuated in California with the donation of one Apple II and one Apple LOGO software package to each public school in the state. 1986–1993: Rise and fall See also: Timeline of Apple II family and Timeline of Macintosh models The Macintosh Portable was Apple's first "portable" Macintosh computer, released in 1989. Having learned several painful lessons after introducing the bulky Macintosh Portable in 1989, Apple introduced the PowerBook in 1991, which established the modern form and ergonomic layout of the laptop computer.[38] The same year, Apple introduced System 7, a major upgrade to the operating system which added color to the interface and introduced new networking capabilities. It remained the architectural basis for Mac OS until 2001. The success of the PowerBook and other products led to increasing revenue.[36] For some time, it appeared that Apple could do no wrong, introducing fresh new products and generating increasing profits in the process. The magazine MacAddict named the period between 1989 and 1991 as the "first golden age" of the Macintosh. Following the success of the LC, Apple introduced the Centris line, a low end Quadra offering, and the ill-fated Performa line which was sold in several confusing configurations and software bundles to avoid competing with the various consumer outlets such as Sears, Price Club, and Wal-Mart, the primary dealers for these models. The end result was disastrous for Apple as consumers did not understand the difference between models. During this time Apple experimented with a number of other failed consumer targeted products including digital cameras, portable CD audio players, speakers, video consoles, and TV appliances. Enormous resources were also invested in the problem-plagued Newton division
  7. 7. based on John Sculley's unrealistic market forecasts. Ultimately, all of this proved be too-little- too-late for Apple as their market share and stock prices continued to slide. Apple saw the Apple II family as too expensive to produce, while taking away sales from the low end Macintosh.[39] In 1990 Apple released the Macintosh LC with a single expansion slot for the Apple IIe Card to migrate Apple II users to the Macintosh platform.[40] Apple stopped selling the Apple IIe in 1993. Microsoft continued to gain market share with Windows, focusing on delivering software with cheap commodity PCs while Apple was delivering a richly engineered, but expensive, experience.[41] Apple relied on high profit margins and never developed a clear response. Instead they sued Microsoft for using a graphical user interface similar to the Apple Lisa in Apple Computer, Inc. v. Microsoft Corporation.[42] The lawsuit dragged on for years before being thrown out of court. At the same time, a series of major product flops and missed deadlines destroyed Apple's reputation and Sculley was replaced by Michael Spindler.[43] 1994–1997: Attempts at reinvention The Newton was Apple's first foray into the PDA markets, as well as one of the first in the industry. A financial flop, it helped pave the way for the Palm Pilot and Apple's own iPhone in the future. By the early 1990s, Apple was developing alternative platforms to the Macintosh, such as the A/UX. The Macintosh platform was becoming outdated since it was not built for multitasking, and several important software routines were programmed directly into the hardware. In addition, Apple was facing competition from OS/2 and UNIX vendors like Sun Microsystems. The Macintosh would need to be replaced by a new platform, or reworked to run on more powerful hardware.[44] In 1994, Apple allied with IBM and Motorola in the AIM alliance. The goal was to create a new computing platform (the PowerPC Reference Platform), which would use IBM and Motorola hardware coupled with Apple's software. The AIM alliance hoped that PReP's performance and Apple's software would leave the PC far behind, thus countering Microsoft. The same year, Apple introduced the Power Macintosh, the first of many Apple computers to use IBM's PowerPC processor.[45]
  8. 8. In 1996, Michael Spindler was replaced by Gil Amelio as CEO. Gil Amelio made many changes at Apple, including massive layoffs.[46] After multiple failed attempts to improve Mac OS, first with the Taligent project, then later with Copland and Gershwin, Amelio chose to purchase NeXT and its NeXTSTEP operating system, bringing Steve Jobs back to Apple as an advisor.[47] On July 9, 1997, Gil Amelio was ousted by the board of directors after overseeing a three-year record-low stock price and crippling financial losses. Jobs became the interim CEO and began restructuring the company's product line. At the 1997 Macworld Expo, Steve Jobs announced that Apple would join Microsoft to release new versions of Microsoft Office for the Macintosh, and that Microsoft made a $150 million investment in non-voting Apple stock.[48] On November 10, 1997, Apple introduced the Apple Store, tied to a new build-to-order manufacturing strategy.[49][50] 1998–2005: New beginnings Company headquarters on Infinite Loop in Cupertino, California. On August 15, 1998, Apple introduced a new all-in-one computer reminiscent of the Macintosh 128K: the iMac. The iMac design team was led by Jonathan Ive, who would later design the iPod and the iPhone.[51][52] The iMac featured current technology and a groundbreaking design. It sold close to 800,000 units in its first five months and returned Apple to profitability for the first time since 1993.[53] Through this period, Apple purchased several companies to create a portfolio of professional and consumer-oriented digital production software. In 1998, Apple announced the purchase of Macromedia's Final Cut software, signaling its expansion into the digital video editing market.[54] The following year, Apple released two video editing products: iMovie for consumers, and Final Cut Pro for professionals, the latter of which has gone on to be a significant video-editing program, with 800,000 registered users in early 2007.[55] In 2002 Apple purchased Nothing Real for their advanced digital compositing application Shake,[56] as well as Emagic for their music productivity application Logic, which led to the development of their consumer-level GarageBand application.[57][58] iPhoto's release the same year completed the iLife suite.[59] Mac OS X, based on NeXT's OPENSTEP and BSD Unix was released on March 24, 2001, after several years of development. Aimed at consumers and professionals alike, Mac OS X aimed to combine the stability, reliability and security of Unix with the ease of use afforded by an
  9. 9. overhauled user interface. To aid users in migrating from Mac OS 9, the new operating system allowed the use of OS 9 applications through Mac OS X's Classic environment.[60] The entrance of the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in New York City is a glass cube, housing a cylindrical elevator and a spiral staircase that leads into the subterranean store. On May 19, 2001, Apple opened the first official Apple Retail Stores in Virginia and California.[61] The same year, Apple introduced the iPod portable digital audio player. The product was phenomenally successful — over 100 million units were sold within six years.[62][63] In 2003, Apple's iTunes Store was introduced, offering online music downloads for $0.99 a song and integration with the iPod. The service quickly became the market leader in online music services, with over 5 billion downloads by June 19, 2008.[64] Since 2001 Apple's design team has progressively abandoned the use of translucent colored plastics first used in the iMac G3. This began with the titanium PowerBook and was followed by the white polycarbonate iBook and the flat-panel iMac.[65][66] 2005–present: The Intel partnership Main article: Apple Intel transition The MacBook Pro (15.4" widescreen) was Apple's first laptop with an Intel microprocessor. It was announced in January 2006 and is aimed at the professional market. At the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote address on June 6, 2005, Steve Jobs announced that Apple would begin producing Intel-based Mac computers in 2006.[67] OnJanuary 10, 2006, the new MacBook Pro and iMac became the first Apple computers to utilize Intel's Core Duo CPU. By August 7, 2006 Apple had transitioned the entire Mac product line to Intel chips, over 1 year sooner than announced.[67] The Power Mac, iBook, and PowerBook brands
  10. 10. were retired during the transition, the Mac Pro, MacBook, and Macbook Pro became their respective successors.[68][69] Apple also introduced Boot Camp to help users install Windows XP or Windows Vista on their Intel Macs alongside Mac OS X.[70] Apple's success during this period was evident in its stock price. Between early 2003 and 2006, the price of Apple's stock increased more than tenfold, from around $6 per share (split-adjusted) to over $80. In January 2006, Apple's market cap surpassed that of Dell.[71] Nine years prior, Dell's CEO Michael Dell said that if he ran Apple he would "shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders."[72] Delivering his keynote at the Macworld Expo on January 9, 2007, Steve Jobs announced that Apple Computer, Inc. would from that point on be known as Apple Inc. The event also saw the announcement of the iPhone and the Apple TV.[73] The following day, Apple shares hit $97.80, an all-time high. In May, Apple's share price passed the $100 mark.[74] On February 7, 2007, Apple indicated that it would sell music on the iTunes Store without DRM (which would allow tracks to be played on third-party players) if record labels would agree to drop the technology.[75] On April 2, 2007, Apple and EMI jointly announced the removal of DRM technology from EMI's catalog in the iTunes Store, effective in May.[76] On July 11, 2008, Apple launched the App Store to sell third-party applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch.[77] Within a month, the store sold 60 million applications and brought in $1 million daily on average, with Steve Jobs speculating that the App Store could become a billion- dollar business for Apple.[78] On December 16, 2008, Apple announced 2009 would be the last year Apple would be attending the Macworld Expo, and that Phil Schiller would deliver the 2009 keynote in lieu of the expected Steve Jobs.[79] On January 14, 2009, an internal Apple memo from Steve Jobs announced that he would be taking a six-month leave of absence, until the end of June 2009, to allow him to better focus on his health and to allow the company to better focus on its products.[80] Current products See also: Timeline of Apple products and List of products discontinued by Apple Inc. Mac and accessories See also: Timeline of Macintosh models, List of Macintosh models grouped by CPU type, and List of Macintosh models by case type
  11. 11. The Mac mini, low-cost desktop computer.  Mac mini, consumer sub-desktop computer introduced in January 2005.  iMac, consumer all-in-one desktop computer that was first introduced by Apple in 1998. Its popularity helped revive the company's fortunes.[53]  Mac Pro, workstation-class desktop computer introduced in August 2006.  MacBook, consumer notebook introduced in 2006, available in white and aluminum variants.  MacBook Air, ultra-thin, ultra-portable notebook, introduced in January 2008.  MacBook Pro, professional portable computer alternative to the MacBook, introduced in January 2006.  Xserve, rack mounted, dual core, dual processor 1U server. Apple sells a variety of computer accessories for Mac computers including the AirPort wireless networking products, Time Capsule, Cinema Display, Mighty Mouse, the Apple Wireless Keyboard computer keyboard, and the Apple USB Modem. iPod Main article: iPod iPod Nano On October 23, 2001, Apple introduced the iPod digital music player. It has evolved to include various models targeting the needs of different users. The iPod is the market leader in portable music players by a significant margin, with more than 100 million units shipped as of April 9, 2007.[81] Apple has partnered with Nike to introduce the Nike+iPod Sports Kit enabling runners
  12. 12. to synchronize and monitor their runs with iTunes and the Nike+ website. Apple currently sells four variants of the iPod.  iPod Classic (Previously named iPod from 2001 to 2007), portable media player first introduced in 2001, currently with a 120 GB capacity.  iPod Nano, portable media player first introduced in 2005, currently available in 8 and 16 GB models.  iPod Shuffle, digital audio player first introduced in 2005, currently available in 1 and 2 GB models.  iPod Touch, portable media player first introduced in September 2007, currently available in 8, 16, and 32 GB models. iPhone Main article: iPhone At the Macworld Conference & Expo in January 2007, Steve Jobs revealed the long anticipated[82] iPhone, a convergence of an Internet-enabled smartphone and iPod.[83] The original iPhone combined a 2.5G quad band GSM and EDGE cellular phone with features found in hand held devices, running a scaled-down versions of Apple's Mac OS X (dubbed iPhone OS), with various Mac OS X applications such as Safari and Mail. It also includes web-based and Dashboard apps such as Google Maps and Weather. The iPhone features a 3.5-inch (89 mm) touch screen display, 8 or 16 GB of memory, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi (both "b" and "g").[83] The iPhone first became available on June 29, 2007 for $499 (4 GB) and $599 (8 GB).[84] On June 9, 2008, at WWDC 2008, Steve Jobs announced that the iPhone 3G would be available on July 11, 2008.[85] This version added support for 3G networking, assisted-GPS navigation, and a price cut to $199 for the 8 GB version, and $299 for the 16 GB version which was availabe in both black and white. The new version was visually different from its predecessor in that it eliminated the flat silver back, and large antenna square for a curved glossy black or white back. Following complaints from many people, the headphone jack was changed from a recessed jack to a flush jack to be compatable with more styles of headphones. The software capabilities changed as well, with the release of the new iPhone came the realse of Apple's App Store; the store provided applications for download that were compatable with the iPhone. It has since surpased five hundred million downloads.[86] Apple TV Main article: Apple TV At the 2007 Macworld conference, Jobs demonstrated the Apple TV, (previously known as the iTV),[87] a set-top video device intended to bridge the sale of content from iTunes with high- definition televisions. The device links up to a user's TV and syncs, either via Wi-Fi or a wired network, with one computer's iTunes library and streams from an additional four. The Apple TV originally incorporated a 40 GB hard drive for storage, includes outputs for HDMI and component video, and plays video at a maximum resolution of 720p.[88] OnMay 31, 2007 a 160 GB drive was released alongside the existing 40 GB model[89] and on January 15, 2008 a
  13. 13. software update was released, which allowed media to be purchased directly from the Apple TV.[90] Software See also: List of Macintosh software Apple develops its own operating system to run on Macs, Mac OS X, the latest version being Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard. Apple also independently develops computer software titles for its Mac OS X operating system. Much of the software Apple develops is bundled with its computers. An example of this is the consumer-oriented iLife software package which bundles iDVD, iMovie, iPhoto, iTunes, GarageBand, and iWeb. For presentation, page layout and word processing, iWork is available, which includes Keynote, Pages, and Numbers. iTunes, QuickTime media player, Safari web browser, and Software Update are available as free downloads for both Mac OS X and Windows. Apple also offers a range of professional software titles. Their range of server software includes the operating system Mac OS X Server; Apple Remote Desktop, a remote systems management application; WebObjects, Java EE Web application server; and Xsan, a Storage Area Network file system. For the professional creative market, there is Aperture for professional RAW-format photo processing; Final Cut Studio, a video production suite; Logic, a comprehensive music toolkit and Shake, an advanced effects composition program. Apple also offers online services with MobileMe (formerly .Mac) which bundles personal web pages, email, Groups, iDisk, backup, iSync, and Learning Center online tutorials. MobileMe is a subscription-based internet suite that capitalizes on the ability to store personal data on an online server and thereby keep all web-connected devices in sync.[91] Announced at MacWorld Expo 2009, allows iWork users to upload documents for sharing and collaboration. Timeline of Apple products See also: Timeline of Apple products, Timeline of Apple II family, and Timeline of Macintosh models Products on this timeline indicate introduction dates only and not necessarily discontinued dates, as new products begin on a contiguous product line. Culture Business
  14. 14. Apple was one of several highly successful companies founded in the 1970s that bucked the traditional notions of what a corporate culture should look like in terms of organizational hierarchy (flat versus tall, casual versus formal attire, etc.). Other highly successful firms with similar cultural aspects from the same time period include Southwest Airlines and Microsoft. Originally, the company stood in opposition to staid competitors like IBM more or less by default, thanks to the influence of its founders; Steve Jobs often walked around the office barefoot even after Apple was a Fortune 500 company. By the time of the "1984" TV ad, this trait had become a key way the company attempts differentiated itself from its competitors.[92] As the company has grown and been led by a series of chief executives, each with his own idea of what Apple should be, some of its original character has arguably been lost, but Apple still has a reputation for fostering individuality and excellence that reliably draws talented people into its employ, especially after Jobs' return. To recognize the best of its employees, Apple created the Apple Fellows program. Apple Fellows are those who have made extraordinary technical or leadership contributions to personal computing while at the company. The Apple Fellowship has so far been awarded to a few individuals including Bill Atkinson,[93] Steve Capps,[94] Rod Holt,[93] Alan Kay,[95][96] Guy Kawasaki,[95][97] Al Alcorn,[98] Don Norman,[95] Rich Page,[93] and Steve Wozniak.[93] User According to surveys by J. D. Power, Apple has the highest brand and repurchase loyalty of any computer manufacturer. While this brand loyalty is considered unusual for any product, Apple appears not to have gone out of its way to create it. At one time, Apple evangelists were actively engaged by the company, but this was after the phenomenon was already firmly established. Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki has called the brand fanaticism "something that was stumbled upon".[99] Apple has, however, supported the continuing existence of a network of Mac User Groups in most major and many minor centers of population where Mac computers are available. Mac users meet at the European Apple Expo and the San Francisco Macworld Conference & Expo trade shows where Apple traditionally introduced new products each year to the industry and public. Mac developers in turn gather at the annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. Apple Store openings can draw crowds of thousands, with some waiting in line as much as a day before the opening or flying in from other countries for the event.[100] The New York City Fifth Avenue "Cube" store had a line as long as half a mile; a few Mac fans took the opportunity of the setting to propose marriage.[101] The Ginza opening in Tokyo was estimated in the thousands with a line exceeding eight city blocks.[102] John Sculley told The Guardian newspaper in 1997: "People talk about technology, but Apple was a marketing company. It was the marketing company of the decade."[103] Market research indicates that Apple draws its customer base from an unusually artistic, creative, and well-educated population, which may explain the platform’s visibility within certain youthful, avant-garde subcultures.[104]
  15. 15. Corporate affairs See also: List of mergers and acquisitions by Apple and Braeburn Capital Apple has a history of vertical integration in their products, manufacturing the hardware on which they pre-install their software.[citation needed] During the Mac's early history Apple generally refused to adopt prevailing industry standards for hardware, instead creating their own.[105] This trend was largely reversed in the late 1990s beginning with Apple's adoption of the PCI bus in the 7500/8500/9500 Power Macs. Apple has since adopted USB, AGP, HyperTransport, Wi-Fi, and other industry standards in its computers and was in some cases a leader in the adoption of such standards such as USB.[106] FireWire is an Apple-originated standard which has seen widespread industry adoption after it was standardized as IEEE 1394.[107] Ever since the first Apple Store opened, Apple has sold third party accessories.[108] This allows, for instance, Nikon and Canon to sell their Mac-compatible digital cameras and camcorders inside the store. Adobe, one of Apple's oldest software partners,[109] also sells its Mac-compatible software, as does Microsoft, who sells Microsoft Office for the Mac. Books from John Wiley & Sons, who publishes the For Dummies series of instructional books, are a notable exception however. The publisher's line of books were banned from Apple Stores in 2005 because Steve Jobs disagreed with their editorial policy.[110] Headquarters Apple Inc., 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA. Apple Inc.'s world corporate headquarters are located in the middle of Silicon Valley, at 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, California. This Apple campus has six buildings which total 850,000 square feet (79,000 m2) and was built in 1993 by Sobrato Development Cos.[111] In 2006, Apple announced its intention to build a second campus on 50 acres (200,000 m2) assembled from various contiguous plots. The new campus, also in Cupertino, will be about one mile (1.6 km) east of the current campus.[112] CEOs
  16. 16.  1977–1981: Michael "Scotty" Scott  1981–1983: A. C. "Mike" Markkula  1983–1993: John Sculley  1993–1996: Michael Spindler  1996–1997: Gil Amelio  1997–Present: Steve Jobs (Interim CEO 1997–2000) Directors See also: Category:Directors of Apple Inc.  Bill Campbell, Chairman of Intuit Inc.  Millard Drexler, Chairman and CEO of J.Crew  Al Gore, Former Vice President of the United States  Steve Jobs, CEO and Co-founder of Apple; also a director of The Walt Disney Company  Andrea Jung, Chairman and CEO of Avon Products  Arthur D. Levinson, Chairman and CEO of Genentech  Eric E. Schmidt, Chairman and CEO of Google  Jerry York, Chairman, President, and CEO of Harwinton Capital Executives See also: Category:Apple Inc. executives  Steve Jobs, Chief Executive Officer  Timothy D. Cook, Chief Operating Officer  Peter Oppenheimer, Chief Financial Officer  Philip W. Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing  Mark Papermaster, Senior Vice President of Devices Hardware Engineering  Jonathan Ive, Senior Vice President of Industrial Design  Bertrand Serlet, Senior Vice President of Software Engineering  Ron Johnson, Senior Vice President of Retail  Sina Tamaddon, Senior Vice President of Applications  Scott Forstall, Senior Vice President of iPhone Software  Bob Mansfield, Senior Vice President Mac Hardware  Daniel Cooperman, General Counsel and Secretary Advertising Main article: Apple Inc. advertising Since the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984 with the 1984 Super Bowl commercial to the more modern 'Get a Mac' adverts, Apple has been recognized in the past for its efforts towards effective advertising and marketing for its products, though it has been criticized for the claims of some more recent campaigns, particularly 2005 Power Mac ads[113][114][115] and iPhone ads in Britain.
  17. 17. Logos See also: U+F8FF or , seen as the Apple logo in some fonts. Apple’s first logo, designed by Jobs and Wayne, depicts Sir Isaac Newton sitting under an apple tree. Almost immediately, though, this was replaced by Rob Janoff’s “rainbow Apple”, the now- familiar rainbow-colored silhouette of an apple with a bite taken out of it, possibly as a tribute to Isaac Newton's discoveries of gravity (the apple), and the separation of light by prisms (the colors). This was one of several designs Janoff presented to Jobs in 1976.[116] While it is generally accepted to have referred to Isaac Newton, another explanation exists that the bitten apple pays homage to the mathematician Alan Turing, who committed suicide by eating an apple he had laced with cyanide.[117] Turing is regarded as one of the fathers of the computer. The rainbow colors of the logo are rumored to be a reference to the rainbow flag, as a homage to Turing's homosexuality.[118] In 1998, with the roll out of the new iMac, Apple began to use a monochromatic logo — supposedly at the insistence of recently returned Jobs — nearly identical in shape to its previous rainbow incarnation. However, no specific color is prescribed throughout Apple's software and hardware line. The logo's shape is one of the most recognized brand symbols in the world, identifies all Apple products and retail stores (the name "Apple" is not even present) and has been included as stickers in nearly all Macintosh and iPod packages through the years. The original Apple logo featuring Isaac Newton under the fabled apple tree. The rainbow Apple logo, used from late 1976 to early 1998[citation needed] The monochrome Apple logo, used from 1998 to late 2000, predominantly on hardware. Still appears on various products in various colors, such as iLife packaging.[citation needed] Stylized Apple logo, used 2001 to around 2007 on Apple software.[citation needed] Logo used from 2007 to present. Slogans Main article: List of Apple Inc. slogans Apple's first slogan, "Byte into an Apple", was coined in the late 1970s.[119] From 1997–2002, Apple used the slogan Think Different in advertising campaigns. The slogan had a lasting impact on their image and revived their popularity with the media and customers. Although the slogan
  18. 18. has been retired, it is still closely associated with Apple.[120] Apple also has slogans for specific product lines — for example, "iThink, therefore iMac", was used in 1998 to promote the iMac,[121] and "Say hello to iPhone" has been used in iPhone advertisements.[122] "Hello" was also used to introduce the original Macintosh, iMac ("hello (again)"), and iPod when they were announced by Steve Jobs.[citation needed] Environmental record Greenpeace, an environmentalist organization, has controversially confronted Apple on various environmental issues, including promoting a global end-of-life take-back plan, non-recyclable hardware components, and toxins within the iPhone hardware.[123][124] Since 2003 they have campaigned against Apple regarding their chemical policies, in particular the inclusion of PVC and BFRs in their products.[123] On May 2, 2007, Steve Jobs released a report announcing plans to completely eliminate PVC and BFRs by the end of 2008.[125][126] Greenpeace runs a "Guide to Greener Electronics", which rates companies on chemical-disposal waste-reduction practices. In the first edition, released in August 2006, Apple scored 2.7/10.[127] In subsequent editions Apple's score has improved steadily.[128][129][130][131] Apple has soon improved its score to a 4.1/10, placing it in the 45 percentile among 17 other electronic companies and 10th in the rankings.[132] At the 2007 Macworld Expo, Greenpeace presented a critique of Apple. Rick Hind, the legislative director of Greenpeace's toxics campaign, said, "(The company) is getting greener, but not green enough." Hind commented further, "The Macbook Air has less toxic PVC plastic and less toxic BFRs, but it could have zero and that would make Apple an eco-leader."[133] In May 2008, Climate Counts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to directing consumers toward the greenest companies, gave Apple 11 points out of a possible 100 which placed the company last among electronics companies. Climate Counts also labeled Apple with a "stuck icon," and the environmental group added that Apple was "a choice to avoid for the climate conscious consumer."[134] Steve Jobs responded "get out of the computer business (and) go save some whales."[133] The Environmental Protection Agency rates Apple highest amongst producers of notebook computers, and fairly well compared to producers of desktop computers and LCD displays.[135][136] In June 2007 Apple upgraded the MacBook Pro, replacing cold cathode lamps with mercury-free LEDs and arsenic-free LCD glass,[137] and has since done this for all notebooks. Apple has also phased out BFRs and PVCs from various internal components.[125][138][139] Apple also offers detailed information about the emissions, materials, and electrical usage of each product.[140] Apple has also begun to advertise how environmentally friendly their new laptops are including television spots and magazine ads, in addition to touting these facts on their website.[citation needed] Criticism
  19. 19. This article's Criticism or Controversy section(s) may mean the article does not present a neutral point of view of the subject. It may be better to integrate the material in such sections into the article as a whole. (December 2008)  The Danish Consumer Complaints Board reported a fault with Apple's iBook line and criticized Apple's lackluster response to the issue, indicating customer support problems at Apple.[141] A solder joint between two components fractured after a certain number of computer restarts causing the computer to break down, usually outside Apple's warranty period. Websites such as have been set up detailing issues on Apples product portfolio.[142][143]  Apple has been criticized for post-launch price changes, most notably after the price of the iPhone was reduced by $200 just two months after its release, resulting in a flood of complaints to Apple.[144][145] Apple did however attempt to rectify complaints by offering $100 store credit to early iPhone customers.[146][147]  Apple has been accused of pressuring journalists to release their sources, with regards to leaked information about new Apple products, going as far as filing lawsuits against "John Does".[148] In particular, Apple fought a protracted battle against the Think Secret web site which resulted in a "positive solution for both sides". No sources were revealed.[149]  There has been criticism of the iPhone and the iPod being locked into iTunes and creating a iTunes store monopoly for these devices.[150] Similarly, Apple has not licensed its FairPlay DRM system to any other company, preventing iPod and iPhone users from listening to DRM-protected music bought from sources other than the iTunes Store. DRM-free music from competing services can be purchased and used on Apple devices. However, Apple has transitioned the majority of its iTunes catalog to DRM-free, and will see the rest of the catalog go DRM-free by April.  In 2006, the Mail on Sunday alleged possible sweatshop conditions existed in factories in China where contract manufacturers make the iPod.[151] Immediately after the allegations, Apple launched an extensive investigation and worked with their manufacturers to remove all unacceptable conditions[152] but did not find any instances of sweatshop conditions.[153]  The batteries in the iPod,[154] iPhone,[155] MacBook Air[156] and 17-inch MacBook Pro are not easily replaced by users. See also: Neistat Brothers.  Apple was caught up in controversy regarding the online sales of music in the European Union where, as a single market, customers should be free to purchase goods and services from any member state. iTunes Stores there restricted users to only allow the purchase of content from the country to which their payment details originate, which also forced users in some countries to pay higher prices. On December 3, 2004 the British Office of Fair Trading referred the iTunes Music Store to the European Commission for violation of EU free-trade legislation. Apple commented that they did not believe they violated EU law, but were restricted by legal limits to the rights granted to them by the music labels and publishers. PC World commented that it appeared "the Commission's main target is not Apple but the music companies and music rights agencies, which work on a national basis and give Apple very little choice but to offer national stores".[157]  Apple products - particularly its higher end "pro" computers - are criticized as being overpriced in comparison to competitor products of similar specification[158].
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  26. 26. Find more about Apple Inc. on Wikipedia's sister projects: Definitions from Wiktionary Textbooks from Wikibooks Quotations from Wikiquote Source texts from Wikisource Images and media from Commons News stories from Wikinews Learning resources from Wikiversity  Gil Amelio, William L. Simon (1999), On the Firing Line: My 500 Days at Apple ISBN 0-88730-919-4  Jim Carlton, Apple: The Inside Story of Intrigue, Egomania and Business Blunders ISBN 0-88730-965-8  Alan Deutschman (2000), The Second Coming of Steve Jobs, Broadway, ISBN 0-76790- 432-X  Andy Hertzfeld (2004), Revolution in the Valley, O'Reilly Books ISBN 0-596-00719-1  Paul Kunkel, AppleDesign: The Work of the Apple Industrial Design Group ISBN 1- 888001-25-9  Steven Levy (1994), Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer That Changed Everything ISBN 0-14-029177-6  Owen Linzmayer (2004), Apple Confidential 2.0, No Starch Press ISBN 1-59327-010-0  Michael S. Malone (1999), Infinite Loop ISBN 0-385-48684-7  Frank Rose (1990), West of Eden: The End of Innocence at Apple Computer, Penguin Books ISBN 0-14-009372-9  John Sculley, John A. Byrne (1987) Odyssey: Pepsi to Apple, Harpercollins, ISBN 0-06- 015780-1  Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith (2006), iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It, W. W. Norton & Company, ISBN 0-393-06143-4  Jeffrey S. Young (1988). Steve Jobs, The Journey is the Reward, Lynx Books, ISBN 1- 55802-378-X  Jeffrey S. Young, William L. Simon (2005), iCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business, Wiley, ISBN 0-47172-083-6 External links Companies portal
  27. 27.  Apple Inc.  Apple Inc. Hoover's Factsheet  Apple Inc. company profile — Google Finance v • d • e Apple Inc. Board of directors Bill Campbell · Millard Drexler · Al Gore · Steve Jobs · Andrea Jung · Arthur D. Levinson · Eric E. Schmidt · Jerry York Hardware products Apple TV · iPhone · iPod (Classic, Nano, Shuffle, Touch) · Mac (iMac, MacBook (Air, MacBook, Pro), Mini, Pro, Xserve) · Former products Accessories AirPort · Cinema Display · iPod accessories · Mighty Mouse · Time Capsule Software products Aperture · Final Cut Studio · iLife · iTunes · iWork · Logic Studio · Mac OS X (iPhone, Server) · QuickTime · Safari · Xsan Stores and services ADC · AppleCare · Apple Specialist · Apple Store (online) · App Store · Certifications · Genius Bar · iTunes Store · · MobileMe · One to One · ProCare Executives Steve Jobs · Tim Cook · Peter Oppenheimer · Phil Schiller · Jonathan Ive · Mark Papermaster · Ron Johnson · Sina Tamaddon · Bertrand Serlet · Scott Forstall Acquisitions Emagic · NeXT · Nothing Real · P.A. Semi · Silicon Color · Spruce Technologies Related Advertising (Get a Mac, iPods, Slogans) · Braeburn Capital · FileMaker Inc. · History (Discontinued products, Litigation, Typography) · Portal Annual revenue: US$32.48 billion (▲35.3% FY 2008) · Employees: 32,000 full-time; 3,100 temporary · Stock symbol: (NASDAQ: AAPL, LSE: ACP, FWB: APC) · Web site: v • d • e Major information technology companies Cellular hardware Alcatel-Lucent · Apple · Audiovox · HTC · Kyocera · LG · Motorola · Nokia · Palm · Qualcomm · RIM · Samsung · Sanyo · Sony Ericsson Conglomerates Bull · GE · HCL · Hitachi · LG · NCR · Panasonic (JVC, Matsushita) · Philips · Samsung · Siemens (Infineon, Qimonda) · Sony · Thomson · Toshiba · Vivendi · Wipro Infotech · Yamaha 3G Networks 3Com · Alcatel-Lucent · Allied Telesis · Avaya · Ericsson · Huawei · Nokia Siemens · ZTE Dot-coms Amazon · AOL · eBay · Expedia · Google · IAC/InterActiveCorp · Monster Worldwide · Yahoo! Semiconductors (General) AMD · Analog Devices · ATI Technologies · Fairchild · Freescale · Infineon · Intel · Micron · National Semiconductor · NVIDIA · NXP · Renesas · ROHM · Skyworks · STMicroelectronics · Texas Instruments · TSMC Electronics manufacturers Celestica · Elcoteq · Flextronics · Foxconn · Jabil · Kimball · Plexus · Quanta · Sanmina-SCI · SMTC IT services Accenture · ACS · Atos Origin · Avanade · BearingPoint · Booz Allen
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