Founded in Cupertino, California in 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne, Apple Inc. is an American multinational corporation that designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics, computer software, online services, and personal computers.
Apple’s best-known hardware products are the Mac computer, the iPod, iPhone and iPad. Apple’s online services include iCloud, the iTunes Store and the App Store. Its consumer software includes the OS X and iOS operating systems, the iTunes media browser, the Safari web browser, and the iLife and iWork creativity and productivity suites.
As of 2012, Apple ranked as the world’s second-largest information technology company by revenue after Samsung Electronics and the world’s third-largest mobile phone maker after Samsung and Nokia. As of January 2014, Apple was the largest publicly traded corporation in the world by market capitalization with an estimated market capitalization of $446 billion. As of June 2014, Apple maintained 425 retail stores in 14 countries.