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Apple has risen from fifth place to third in Fortune's rankings of the top 500 corporations in the US, ending a two-year run at fifth place, and now trailing only Walmart and Exxon Mobil. This year, Apple move pushed Chevron and financial firm Berkshire Hathaway down to fourth and fifth. While Apple was out-earned by both Walmart ($482.1 billion) and Exxon ($246.2 billion), it remains the most profitable publicly-traded company in the world, with profits of $53.4 billion -- more than Walmart and Exxon's annual profits combined.
Originally announced by Apple CEO Tim Cook during a conference call with analysts, ExxonMobil has now launched an updated version of its Speedpass+ app that supports Apple Pay for purchases. The new app, which is accepted at some 6,000 stations today and will expand to cover all 10,000 US locations by the end of the year, bypasses the need to manually add a credit card to the account, and instead used a supported card previously added to Wallet, and authorize purchases with a fingerprint scan.
Apple has climbed one spot to sit at fifth in the latest Fortune 500 rankings. "Apple's net sales keep climbing, as the tech giant continues to sell more iPhones and digital content," the magazine writes. "But the company faces pressure in the smartphone business, as Android phones grow increasingly dominant. Meanwhile, Apple reported an annual drop in net income in fiscal year 2013, a first in more than a decade."
Apple has slotted into 55th place in an annual update of Fortune's Global 500 list. The ranking is based on data from the 2011 fiscal year, which in Apple's case includes $108.249 billion in revenue, with a profit of $25.922 billion. Notably Apple has risen a massive 56 spots, having held 111th place last year. Apple is also said to have achieved $116.371 billion in assets, and $76.615 billion in stockholder equity.
Apple's market capitalization has settled into a stable position over that of Exxon Mobil, giving it an unambiguous ranking as the world's most valuable corporation. On Tuesday the situation was more uncertain, with Apple initially taking the top spot only to have Exxon regain the position. Apple was in the lead by the close of US trading though, and as of this writing on Wednesday the company's cap is sitting at $345.74 billion, noticeably ahead of Exxon's $341.47 billion.
Apple is currently flirting with a position as the most valuable corporation in the world, periodically exchanging positions with Exxon Mobil, according to Reuters. At one point on Tuesday Apple's market capitalization was tracked at $341.5 billion, versus Exxon's $341.4 billion. Although Exxon has slipped back ahead from time to time, Apple remains in the lead as of this writing at $338.66 billion versus Exxon's $336.6 billion.
In the near future, Apple may surpass Exxon Mobil as the world's biggest corporation in terms of market capitalization, says Gleacher & Co. analyst Brian Marshall. "Apple continues to defy modern principles of economics and delivered the investment community something never seen before (e.g., quarterly revenue of $28.6 billion growing 80 percent year over year)," he writes, referring to this week's third-quarter results. "We expect Apple will become the largest market cap company on the planet when the stock hits approximately $445."
Apple briefly overtook discount retailer Walmart in market cap on Friday morning, says Fortune. Starting 90 minutes after pre-orders for the iPad opened, a surge of about 2 million shares is said to have been traded in the space of 30 minutes, pushing Apple's stock price up to $227.73. It has since relaxed to approximately $227.
For the third year in a row, Apple has continued a slow escalation up the ranks of Fortune's Global 500. The list ranks the world's biggest 500 corporations in terms of revenues and profits; in the 2008 list Apple now sits at 337th, with revenues of over $24 billion, and profits nearing $3.5 billion. It is flanked by Canada's Bank of Nova Scotia, and France's Alstom. In the 2007 list Apple took 367th place, while in 2006 it barely managed to break in at 492nd.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE