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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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The original white MacBook.
The MacBook was a brand of Macintosh notebook computers manufactured by Apple Inc. from 2006 to 2011. It replaced the iBook series and 12-inch PowerBook series of notebooks as a part of the Apple–Intel transition. Positioned as the low end of the MacBook family, the Apple MacBook was aimed at the consumer and education markets.[1] It was the best-selling Macintosh in history, and according to the sales-research organization NPD Group in October 2008, the mid-range model of the MacBook was the single best-selling laptop of any brand in US retail stores for the preceding five months.[2]

There have been three separate designs of the MacBook: the original model used a combination of polycarbonate and fiberglass casing that was modeled after the iBook G4. The second type, introduced in October 2008 alongside the 15-inch MacBook Pro, used a similar unibody aluminum casing to the 15-inch Pro, and was updated and rebranded as the 13-inch MacBook Pro at the 2009 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2009.[3] A third design, introduced in October 2009, used a unibody polycarbonate shell as aluminium is now reserved for the higher-end MacBook Pro. On July 20, 2011, the MacBook was quietly discontinued for consumer purchase in favor of the new MacBook Air.[4] Apple continued to sell the MacBook to educational institutions until February 2012.[5][6] The MacBook has effectively been superseded by the MacBook Air.


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Macintosh Portable
Credit: Fred Condo

The Macintosh Portable was Apple Inc.'s first battery-powered portable Macintosh personal computer. It was also the first commercial off-the-shelf portable computer used in space and the first to send an email from space, in 1991 aboard Space Shuttle mission STS-43.

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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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Ronald Wayne
Ronald Gerald Wayne
B. May 17, 1934

Ronald Wayne is a retired American electronics industry worker. He founded Apple Computer (now Apple Inc.) with Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, providing key administrative oversight for the new venture. He soon, however, gave up his share of the new company for a total of $2,300.


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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. ^ "Apple Updates MacBook With LED-Backlit Display, Multi-Touch Trackpad & Built-in Seven-Hour Battery". Apple Inc. 2009-10-20. 
  2. ^ Mossberg, Walter (2008-10-28). "Apple Polishes Popular MacBook for a Higher Price". All Things Digital. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  3. ^ "Apple – MacBook Pro – 13 inch Technical Specifications". Apple. 8 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  4. ^ "Apple discontinues white MacBook". macrumors.com. 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  5. ^ Slivka, Eric (2011-07-20). "White MacBook Not Dead Yet: Still Available for Educational Institutions". MacRumors. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  6. ^ Slivka, Eric (2012-02-08). "Apple Kills Off White MacBook as Educational Institution Distribution Halted". MacRumors. Retrieved 2012-02-09.