Apple��is an American��multinational��technology company��headquartered in��Cupertino, California��that designs, develops, and sells��consumer electronics,��computer software, and online services. The company's��hardware��products include the��iPhone��smartphone, the��iPad��tablet computer, the��Mac��personal computer, the��iPod��portable media player, the��Apple��smartwatch, and the��Apple TV��digital media player. Apple's consumer software includes the��macOS��and��iOS��operating systems, the��iTunes��media player, the��Safari��web browser, and the��iLife��and��iWork��creativity and productivity suites. Its online services include the��iTunes Store, the��iOS App Store��and��Mac App Store,��Apple Music, and��iCloud.
Apple was founded by��Steve Jobs,��Steve Wozniak, and��Ronald Wayne��in April 1976 to develop and sell personal computers.��It was incorporated as��Apple Computer, Inc.��in January 1977, and was renamed as Apple Inc. in January 2007 to reflect its shifted focus toward consumer electronics. Apple (NASDAQ:��AAPL) joined the��Dow Jones Industrial Average��in March 2015.
Apple is the��world's largest information technology company��by revenue, the world's largest technology company by��total assets,��and the��world's second-largest mobile phone manufacturer, by volume, after��Samsung.��In November 2014, Apple became the first U.S. company to be valued at over��US$700��billion in addition to being the��largest publicly traded corporation in the world by market capitalization.��The company employs 115,000 full-time employees as of July 2015��and maintains 478��retail stores��in seventeen countries as of March 2016.��It operates the��online Apple Store��and iTunes Store, the latter of which is the world's largest music retailer. Consumers use more than one billion Apple products worldwide as of March 2016.
This story was originally published April 3, 2017 3:41 AM.