I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Incorporated by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1977, Apple Computer, Inc. wasincorporated with a net worth of US$250,000. It has since grown leaps and bounds to theApple Inc. of today, employing close to 50,000 employees worldwide, with a net worth of US$209,379 million in 2010, placing it 56
among the Fortune 500 companies. From theiPod revolution in 2000, to the iPhone in 2007 and most recently, the iPad in 2010, Apple hasintroduced, amidst much fanfare, ground-breaking products that revolutionized the marketssince the start of the 21
This report serves to provide some insight of a firm that has been named Fortune magazine‟s
most admired company in the world for three consecutive years from 2008 to 2010. Astrategic analysis of the firm will examine the opportunities and threats in the general
environment and the firm‟s strengths and weaknesses.
Apple operates in many aspects of consumer electronics, such as personal computers (PCs),mobile communication devices, digital music and video devices. The industry presents thefirm with ample growth opportunities such as the emerging economies, the shift towards themobile era and increasing consumer digital lifestyle. However, global markets for consumerelectronics are highly competitive
as Apple‟s competi
tors are quick to respond to its majorproduct launches. As Apple operates across many geographical locations, the firm is alsoexposed to international operation risks and risk of product imitation.
Apple‟s strengths put the firm in a prime position to t
ake advantage of the opportunities andminimize the impact of inherent risks. With its commitment to research and development,
Apple‟s Digital Hub strategy, coupled with strong brand marketing and retail efforts, has
resulted in the success of many Apple p
roducts. An integral ecosystem is also one of Apple‟s
competitive advantages. However, many industry observers believe that Apple may be too
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