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What is Apple?


Apple, Inc. is an electronics and software company famous for its popular Mac computers, iPods, iPhones, and more. Established in 1976, it was formerly known as Apple Computers, Inc. but dropped the word "computers" in 2007.

Apple computers run on a different operating system than Microsoft computers do. However, every basic computer application used on a Microsoft system has a parallel on Mac OS X, so that computer users can accomplish the same basic tasks on either system.

Apple's mission statement is:

"Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork, and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices."

Steve Jobs was Apple's co-founder Chief Executive Officer until his death on October 5, 2011. Tim Cook is now the CEO for Apple.


Apple Computers have often claimed being "virus free". Because of the small number of users, few viruses have been created that take advantage of Apple computers. With the rapid growth in popularity, more viruses have targeted Apple computers and OS X. In April 2012 it was reported that the Flashback Trojan had compromised over 500,000 Apple computers, including hundreds of computers at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino California.

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