Apple Computer is an American computer technology corporation with worldwide annual sales in its fiscal year 2006 (ending 30 September 2006) of US$ 19.3 billion. The company has 17,787 full-time and 2,399 temporary employees in several countries.
Headquartered in Cupertino, California, Apple develops, sells, and supports a series of personal computers, portable media players, computer software, and computer hardware accessories. The company's best-known products include the Macintosh line of personal computers, the Mac OS X operating system, and the iPod line of portable music players. Apple also sells music, music videos, TV shows, and movies on its online iTunes Store.
Apple operates 165 retail stores in the United States, Canada, Japan and the United Kingdom. The stores carry most of Apple's products as well as many third-party products and offer on-site support and repair for Apple hardware and software.
For a variety of reasons, ranging from its philosophy of comprehensive aesthetic design to its countercultural, even indie roots as a company that differentiates itself from the rest of the industry by “thinking different,” Apple has cultivated a customer base that is unusually devoted to the company and its brand.
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