Apple is one of the most valuable companies in the world based on market cap. They build a focused range of consumer electronics, including iPhone smartphones, iPod media players, iPad tablets, and Mac computers. Most of Apple's products have been largely attributed to reinvigorating their respective markets, though Apple has had their fair share of failures as well, such as a gaming console called Pippin, the Ping social music service, and a Macintosh TV set. Despite being the largest online music store, the software for iTunes has its fair share of critics. Apple's play in the connected home, the Apple TV, has often been considered a hobby, but its tight tie-in with existing Apple products and access to a wide range of online media has made it very successful. The original Apple TV was made available in 2007, followed by a smaller device in 2010 with no local storage, and an iterative update upon that in 2012. One of Apple TV's more popular features is AirPlay, which enables wireless streaming and mirroring from other Apple products. Apple also makes dedicated home Wi-Fi routers and media PCs which can play an integral role in home entertainment. Apple maintains a strong retail presence worldwide, with dedicated stores in major metropolitan centers.
AAPL is the Apple Inc. stock market ticker symbol, and wen public in 1980. Apple was founded in 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne. Jobs resigned from Apple in 1985, but returned in 1997. Steve Jobs died in 2012, leaving Tim Cook as current CEO. Apple is currently headquartered in California. Apple has been embroiled in patent disputes with Samsung, having won $1 billion in a 2013 case. Apple is well-known for their exacting manufacturing standards, and have been often criticized for allowing factory conditions to be unsafe and unhealthy. Apple has made a concerted effort to power their facilities with green, renewable energy, and maintains one of the biggest privately-owned solar farms in America.