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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.

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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The Macintosh (/ˈmæk.ɪn.tɒʃ/ MAK-in-tosh),[1] or Mac, is a series of several lines of personal computers designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. The first Macintosh was introduced on January 24, 1984; it was the first commercially successful personal computer to feature a mouse and a graphical user interface rather than a command-line interface.[2] The company continued to have success through the second half of the 1980s, only to see it dissipate in the 1990s as the personal computer market shifted towards IBM PC compatible machines running MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows.[3]

Apple consolidated its multiple consumer-level desktop models years later into the 1998 iMac all-in-one. This proved to be a sales success and saw the Macintosh brand revitalized, albeit not to the market share level it once had. Current Mac systems are mainly targeted at the home, education, and creative professional markets. They are: the aforementioned (though upgraded and modified in various ways) iMac and the entry-level Mac mini desktop models, the workstation-level Mac Pro tower, the MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops, and the Xserve server.

Production of the Mac is based on a vertical integration model in that Apple facilitates all aspects of its hardware and creates its own operating system that is pre-installed on all Mac computers. This is in contrast to most IBM PC compatibles, where multiple sellers create hardware intended to run another company's operating software. Apple exclusively produces Mac hardware, choosing internal systems, designs, and prices. Apple does use third party components, however. Current Mac CPUs use Intel's x86 architecture; the earliest models (1984–1994) used Motorola's 68k and models from 1994–2006 used the AIM alliance's PowerPC. Apple also develops the operating system for the Mac, currently Mac OS X version 10.8 "Mountain Lion". The modern Mac, like other personal computers, is capable of running alternative operating systems such as Linux, FreeBSD, and, in the case of Intel-based Macs, Microsoft Windows. However, Apple does not license Mac OS X for use on non-Apple computers.

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The iPhone 3GS is a touchscreen smartphone, designed and marketed by Apple Inc. It is the third generation iPhone, successor to the iPhone 3G. It was introduced on June 8, 2009, at the WWDC 2009 which took place at the Moscone Center, San Francisco.

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...that the original iPhone was named the Invention of the Year by Time magazine?
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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 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.[4] 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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Here's to the crazy ones.

The misfits.
The rebels.
The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They're not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.

You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can't do is ignore them.

Because they change things.
They push the human race forward.
While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.

Because the people who are crazy enough to think
they can change the world, are the ones who do.

"Think Different" (1998)
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  1. ^ "Define Macintosh". Dictionary.com. Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  2. ^ Polsson, Ken (29 July 2009). "Chronology of Apple Computer Personal Computers". Retrieved 27 August 2009.  See May 3, 1984.
  3. ^ Edwards, Benj (15 August 2008). "Eight ways the iMac changed computing". Macworld. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  4. ^ "Apple - Press Info - Biography of Scott Forstall". Apple Inc. Retrieved 2008-06-20.