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Apple Inc. is an American multinational corporation that designs and manufactures consumer electronics, computer software, and servers. The company's best-known hardware products include Macintosh computers, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. Apple software includes the OS X operating system; the iTunes media browser; Safari web browser; the iLife suite of multimedia and creativity software; the iWork suite of productivity software; Aperture, a professional and consumer photography package; Final Cut Studio, a suite of professional film-industry and home audio and video editing software products; and Logic Studio, a professional music and audio production suite. As of June 2012, the company operates 363 retail stores in ten countries, and an online store where hardware and software products are sold. Apple is a generally popular company that manufactures many digital devices including the iPhone, the iPad and the iPod and Mac line-ups.

Established in Cupertino, California on April 1, 1976 and incorporated January 3, 1977, the company was initially called Apple Computer, Inc. for its first 30 years, but dropped the word "Computer" on January 9, 2007 to reflect the company's expansion into the consumer electronics market in addition to its historic focus on personal computers. Apple has about 35,000 employees worldwide and had worldwide annual sales of US$42.91 billion in its fiscal year ending September 26, 2009. For reasons as various as its philosophy of comprehensive 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. Fortune magazine named Apple the most admired company in the United States in 2008 and in the world in 2009, 2010, and 2011.

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iPhone 4S
The iPhone 4S is a touchscreen-based smartphone developed by Apple Inc. It is the fifth generation of the iPhone,[1] succeeding the iPhone 4, and was announced on October 4, 2011. It became available for pre-order on October 7, 2011 in seven initial countries (United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Japan) with the first delivery date set for October 14, 2011, and available on that same day for direct in-store sales in those countries. It was released in 22 more countries, including Ireland, Mexico, and Singapore, on October 28.[2]

The phone retains the exterior design of its predecessor, but hosts improved hardware specifications and software updates. It added a voice recognition system known as Siri from which the "4S" designator came,[3] and a cloud storage service named iCloud. Some of the device's functions may be voice-controlled through Siri. The phone is available for 100 cell service carriers in 70 countries, including eight carriers in the United States.[4][5] For US customers, unlocked (contract-free) sales started on November 11, 2011.[6][7] The Associated Press said that AT&T described early iPhone 4S demand as "extraordinary". Reception to the iPhone 4S was generally favorable. Reviewers noted Siri, the new camera, and processing speeds as significant advantages over the prior model. Four million units of the iPhone 4S were sold in the first three days of release.

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Infinite Loop is a street encircling the six main buildings of Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California.

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...that Bump was the billionth application downloaded on Apple's App Store?
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The Apple Store is a chain of retail stores owned and operated by Apple Inc., dealing in computers and consumer electronics. As of July 2010 Apple has opened 295 stores : 225 in 41 US states, 27 in the United Kingdom (23 in England, 2 in Scotland, 1 in Northern Ireland and 1 in Wales), 15 in Canada, 8 in Australia, 7 in Japan, 4 in China, 3 in Switzerland, 3 in Germany, 3 in France, 2 in Italy and 1 in the Netherlands.

The stores sell Apple Macintosh personal computers and software, iPods, iPads, iPhones, third-party accessories, and other consumer electronics such as the Apple TV. Many stores feature a theatre for presentations and workshops, the Studio for training with Apple products, and all stores offer a Genius Bar for technical support and repairs, as well as free workshops available to the public. The Apple Retail Store design has resulted from the contributions of firms such as Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Eckersley O’Callaghan, Eight Inc., Gensler, and ISP Design, Inc. to name a few, together with the Apple in-house design team.

Shown above is one of the flagship stores in Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France.

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Scott Forstall
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Scott Forstall was the top senior vice president of iOS Software at Apple Inc. Forstall became responsible for Mac OS X releases after Avadis Tevanian stepped down as the company's Chief Software Technology Officer and before being named Senior Vice President of iPhone Software. He has spoken publicly at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conferences, including talks about Mac OS X v10.5 in 2006 and iPhone software development in 2008, later after the release of the iPhone 2.0 and 3G Versions and January 27, 2010 at Apple's 2010 iPad keynote. Forstall is also credited for developing the iPad.
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Anyone privy to the release of the iPhone is going to hold on to their current device as long as they possibly can, all but Scotch taping their devices together so that they can crawl over the finish line and into the loving arms of a shiny new iPhone. (Oh, you know the box is gonna be sexy.)
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  1. ^ Pachal, Peter (October 8, 2011). "Remembering Steve Jobs: His Best Keynote Moments". PC Magazine (Ziff Davis). Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Apple Launches iPhone 4S, iOS 5 & iCloud" (Press release). Apple Inc. Retrieved October 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ Alexia Tsotsis (May 29, 2012). "Cook Reveals More Details About Apple's Product Naming Policies, And Yes, The 'S' Stands For Siri". TechCrunch. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  4. ^ Trew, James (April 5, 2012). "iPhone 4S to launch with select regional carriers April 20". Engadget. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ Goldman, David (October 19, 2011). "Tiny regional carrier C Spire lands iPhone 4S". CNN. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  6. ^ "iPhone 4S – Apple Stores (U.S.)". Apple Inc. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  7. ^ Ionescu, Daniel. "iPhone 4S Pre-Orders Begin". PCWorld. IDG. Retrieved October 7, 2011.