• Apple's profit problem

    Apple's profit problem

    Just four months ago, Apple came within a stone's throw of the biggest quarterly profit in corporate history -- now it has a profit problem.

  • Apple's search for its next billion-dollar product

    Apple's search for its next billion-dollar product

    A larger iPhone, a smaller iPad, a thinner Mac and a taller iPod are what count for innovation at Apple these days.

  • Apple picks itself up off the mat

    Apple picks itself up off the mat

    Apple's stock has been on a tear since the tech giant announced what it called the largest share repurchase program in history.

  • Apple: What it's like to drown in cash

    Apple: What it's like to drown in cash

    As the power and breadth of the Fortune 500 goes on display in this issue, one of its best-known companies, Apple, stands out for so many reasons they are barely countable. In the list itself, Apple is the star, unchallenged. Once a tag-along, it has mountain-climbed to No. 6, with $156.5 billion in revenues. Its 2012 profits were an eye-popping $42 billion (second only to Exxon's $45 billion); its market value of $416 billion led all others at our March measurement date, and it has a pure monopoly on 10-year shareholder returns: first in earnings-per-share growth, with an incandescent annual rate of 86%, and first in total return, with an annual 54%.

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