The present case study «Apple Inc. in 2010» deals with the main problems of Apple Inc. (previously known as Apple Computer, Inc. for the first 30 years) - an American multinational corporation that along with its subsidiaries designs, manufactures and sells personal computers, consumer electronics and software. The company's best-known hardware products are the Macintosh line of computers, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. Its most popular software includes the Mac OS X - a PC operating system and iOS – а mobile operating system as well as the iTunes media store.
By 2009 Apple Inc. had over 300 retail stores in several countries. It is one of the largest publicly traded companies in the world by market capitalization, as well as the largest technology company in the world by revenue and profit. As of 2010, the company had approximately 46,600 full-time employees. Within the last decade (2000-2010) Apple has successfully introduced three major innovations – iPod in 2001, iPhone in 2007 and iPad in 2010.
To view how the company got so successful let us review in short the history and growth of the Apple Inc. over the years. As we know it was founded in 1976 by Steven Jobs and Stephen Wozniak, two young talented electronics masterminds both in their early twenties, who unfortunately dropped out of college. Their first computer was manufactured in the Jobs family's garage and called Apple I. The company was incorporated in 1977 and was named Apple Computer, Inc., but the word "Computer" was removed in 2007 to reflect the company's ongoing expansion into the consumer electronics market in addition to its traditional focus on personal computers.
Apple’s microprocessor-based products have quickly found expanding markets around the world, beginning with the Apple II computer (1978). It had a plastic case and colour graphics and immediately launched the company to success...