Student NameApple Inc.AAPLNASDAQ Stock Exchange.1)Company ProfileApple Inc., incorporated on January 3, 1977, designs, manufactures and marketsmobile communication and media devices, personal computers and portabledigital music players. The Company sells a range of related software, services,accessories, networking solutions and third-party digital content and applications.The Company's segments include the Americas, Europe, Greater China, Japan andRest of Asia Pacific. The Americas segment includes both North and SouthAmerica. The Europe segment includes European countries, India, the MiddleEast and Africa. The Greater China segment includes China, Hong Kong andTaiwan. The Rest of Asia Pacific segment includes Australia and the Asiancountries not included in the Company's other operating segments. TheCompany's products and services include iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod, Apple Watch,Apple TV, a portfolio of consumer and professional software applications, iPhoneOS (iOS), OS X and watchOS operating systems, iCloud, Apple Pay and a rangeof accessory, service and support offerings.2)Industry CompetitorsThe range of products and services offered by Apple, Inc. (AAPL) is broad, andthe company is a fierce competitor in several industries, ranging from personalcomputers to entertainment media to mobile payment systems. Here is a list of thetechnology giant's main competitors by industry.Personal ComputersWhile the personal computer running on Microsoft Operating Systemshasremained a favorite of consumers since the 1980s, Apple has maintained a loyalfollowing of users who report high satisfaction with the company's Macintoshcomputers and Safari Operating System. Major competitors in this space includeDell, Acer, HP, Sony,and Toshiba.
Mobile ComputersThe iPad revolutionized the Apple business model and spurred an entire industryof mobile computing imitators. Apple is by far the most profitable and biggestselling company in this industry. Competitors include Alphabet Inc. (GOOG),Samsung, and Nokia.SmartphonesThe smartphone industry was once dominated by Canadian giant BlackBerryLimited (BBRY)(formerly Research in Motion Limited). That changed quicklywith the introduction of the Apple iPhone. The iPhone has literally decimatedBlackBerry's business model and caused the company to restructure several times.Alphabet Inc.'s Googleproduces the Android operating system, which isinstalled on most non-Apple phones produced by Huawei, Samsung, Sony(SNE), HTC, Lenovo, and others.Entertainment Media and ApplicationsThe two major players in this space are Appleand Google, with the Apple iOSrunning on its iPhones and iPods, and Google Android running on mostcompetitor phones and tablets. Each operating system interfaces with iTunesandthe Google Play Storerespectively, allowing users to purchase music, books,applications and other media.