The Apple Store is the online store of Apple Inc. All of Apple's product lines are carried as well as select brands of accessories for its products. It is owned and operated by Apple from Cupertino, California and their subsidiaries. Besides the online store-front, items from the store can also be ordered by phone.
As of November 2013, Apple's online store is available in 39 countries, with physical Apple Stores numbering 444 in sixteen countries (263 US/181 elsewhere), and global sales of US$16 billion in merchandise in 2011, and they lead the United States retail market in terms of sales per unit area.
Hardware, including: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, iMac, Mac Mini, iPod, Apple TV, Apple Cinema Displays, AirPort cards and base stations, Xserve, and Apple accessories such as wireless keyboards and mice. Computer hardware purchased from the Apple Store online, or over the phone can also be configured-to-order with options that often include faster or larger hard drives and faster processors. Build to Order gave customer choice, simplified inventory, and instant availability.
Apple Software, including: OS X, iLife and iWork application bundles, Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Shake, and other miscellaneous Apple software titles.
Third Party Software made for OS X, such as design software, productivity software, games, utilities, and most new software that has been released for OS X.
Select Third Party Accessories for Apple products, ranging from carrying cases for Apple notebooks and iPod sleeves to speakers, printers, scanners, memory upgrades, and digital cameras.
Refurbished Hardware, including lower cost, yet completely up to date (in terms of software), variants of the MacBooks, iMacs, Mac minis, iPods and other products. As of August 2009 to the Present Day, there are/were no refurbished iPhones in the online store. However, Apple did sell prototype iPhones for a massive profit for about 3 weeks in 2006.
Also available are Apple Instant Loans, as well as gift certificates to both the Apple Store and the iTunes Store. It offers automatic online discounts to "educational" users who include both faculty and students of higher education, and faculty of K-12 schools in addition to discounts for business buyers internationally and United States government employees.
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