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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 macOS 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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BootX is a software-based bootloader designed and developed by Apple Inc. for use on the company's Macintosh computer range. BootX is used to prepare the computer for use by loading all required device drivers and then starting-up Mac OS X by booting the kernel on all PowerPC Macintoshes running the Mac OS X 10.2 operating system or later versions.[1][2] Using BootROM, a read-only memory (ROM) computer chip containing OpenFirmware, a graphical front end[disambiguation needed] is shown briefly on all compatible Macintosh computers as a grey Apple logo with a spinning cursor that appears during the startup sequence.[3] The program is freely available as part of the Darwin operating system under the open source Apple Public Source License.[4] BootX was superseded by another nearly identical bootloader named boot.efi and an Extensible Firmware Interface ROM on the release of the Intel-based Mac.[5]


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1988 User Group Advisory Council. Appearing in the chair to the right is Ellen Petry Leanse.
Credit: Tommy Coffee

In September 1985, Apple established the Apple User Group Connection (AUGC) in response to input from users in community User Groups including Boston Computer Society and Berkeley Macintosh Users Group, along with user communities within educational, science, and business organizations.

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...that iPod Touch/iPhone game Doodle Jump has been the top paid downloaded app in five countries including the US?
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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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Steve Wozniak
Stephen Gary "Steve" Wozniak
B. August 11, 1950

Steve Wozniak is an American inventor, computer engineer and programmer who co-founded Apple Computer (now Apple Inc.) with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne. Wozniak single-handedly invented both the Apple I and Apple II computers in the 1970s. These computers contributed significantly to the microcomputer revolution.


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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. ^ Siracusa, John (September 5, 2002). "Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar". Ars Technica. p. 3. Retrieved May 3, 2008.  [dead link]
  2. ^ Singh, Amit (2007) [2006]. "The Firmware and the Bootloader". Mac OS X Internals: A Systems Approach. Addison-Wesley. pp. 324–325. ISBN 0321278542. Retrieved 2008-05-03. 
  3. ^ Singh, Amit. "Booting Mac OS X". kernelthread.com. Retrieved 2008-05-01. 
  4. ^ "Apple Public Source License". Apple Inc. August 6, 2003. Retrieved May 2, 2008. 
  5. ^ "System Startup Programming Topics: The Boot Process". Apple Inc. February 8, 2007. Retrieved May 1, 2008.  [dead link]