Apple has grown so big, so fast, that sometimes one forgets just how large the Cupertino-based company actually is. Apple continually reports record-breaking sales and revenues, and has soared to become the world’s most valuable company. It’s incredible how a company that was just weeks or months away from bankruptcy in the mid-to-late 1990s has emerged as one of the leading consumer electronics makers worldwide.
Apple’s total sales in 2011 accounted for over $128 billion, which is more than the gross domestic product of about 160 nations around the globe. The company has a market cap of over $500 billion, which far exceeds Exxon Mobil, Microsoft, and all other corporations. But just how big are those numbers? Take a look just ahead.