How Powerful Is Apple?

Apple is taking on the federal government and refusing to help the FBI unlock an encrypted iPhone. So just how powerful is the tech giant?

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Apple: the first $700 billion company (fortune.com)
"The electronics giant's market value crossed yet another important milestone Tuesday - one that no other U.S. company had ever achieved."

Smartphone OS Market Share, 2015 Q2 (idc.com)
"The worldwide smartphone market grew 13.0% year over year in 2015 Q2, with 341.5 million shipments, according to data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker."

Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for police, even with search warrants (washingtonpost.com)
"Apple said Wednesday night that it is making it impossible for the company to turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police - even when they have a search warrant - taking a hard new line as tech companies attempt to blunt allegations that they have too readily participated in government efforts to collect user information."

Apple's Line in the Sand Was Over a Year in the Making (nytimes.com)
"Time and again after the introduction of the iPhone nearly a decade ago, the Justice Department asked Apple for help opening a locked phone."