From being within 90 days of filing for bankruptcy to becoming the most valuable company in the world, ever, Apple sure has one hell of a success story. While most people will point the finger squarely at Steve Jobs for the turnaround, let us not forget the collection of talented people that Jobs surrounded himself with, Phil Schiller, Scott Forstall, Tim Cook, and probably the most important, Sir Jonathan Ive. Without these great people Apple wouldn’t have climbed as high as they have, that being said, without Jobs and his unrelenting quest for perfect products, Apple probably would not have survived the nineties.
If you haven’t been following news of AAPL stock, let’s bring you up to speed. Last week, on Friday, Apple’s stock climbed to a company high and even broke the 600+ billion valuation for the company. Today, Apple’s stock continued to climb even higher, reaching over $664 a share and it’s value is over $623 billion. To put that into comparison, Apple’s worth more than Google and Microsoft combined, you could toss in a few other companies for good measure, but I think you get the point. Actually, Apple’s iPhone now brings in more revenue than every Microsoft product combined.
Some critics have doubted Tim Cook’s ability to helm Apple and keep it in the black, but today’s news, along with the upcoming launch of the new iPhone, a smaller iPad, refreshed iPod Touches and Nano’s and even a television set (later 2012, early 2013), may be enough to silence his doubters, once and for all. For those of you who dislike Apple, be it because of Jobs, Apple’s closed off environment or simply because they seem to “trendy,” you can’t deny that whatever they are doing, they are doing it right. They obviously know how to appeal to the mass market and that the haters out there, are simply a very small minority when compared to the big picture.