Current Events Assignment Template For Apple
Every Tuesday and Thursday, we will have an in-class discussion on current events going on in the world around us and how it relates to our curriculum. Your task between those times will be to search national and international media outlets to find events of regions and global importance, complete a formal write-up of the article, and be prepared to present and discuss your article(s) with your peers in class among other requirements as well as "end of the week" Current Events quizzes.
Requirements / Rubric (11th Grade Honors World History)
(INTERNATIONAL STORIES ONLY- Is called "World" History for a reason!)
Honors World History Current Event Log Requirements (*UPDATED*)
Honors World History Current Event Log Template
Week of the Semester
# of Current Events total in Log
Week of 3/12-3/16
How do I create a paperless Current Event Log?
- Upload a template & article from Mr H's site to Google Docs and create a digital Current Event Log -
- Finalize your digital Current Event Log with a Google Doc folder to keep all your Current Event write-ups -
& documents organized and ready for final turn in at the end of the semester
(Disclaimer: Be sure to include a copy of the article and share your Log with Mr H on the assigned due dates)
Current Event Log Final Analysis Project
In December of 2012, former history major and environmentalist Thomas Ketchell was looking for a new way to engage people in the link between current events and history. Whilst living in Beijing, he experienced the dreadful quality of the air on a daily basis and wanting to alert people back home what it was like to breathe in this dirty air. He decided, with the help of a colleague Steven Chiu, to re-enact on social media the 1952 Great Smog of London. The success of this re-enactment led to worldwide coverage, encouraging both Steven and Thomas to co-found HSTRY, an interactive, digital-learning site which allows students to create story-lines of historical events for both elementary and secondary schools across the globe. In 2016, HSTRY became the new and improved site of Sutori - same experience, but with upgraded features for teachers and students.
As we look back over the wealth of information and perspectives gathered in our semester long Current Event Log project, use the Sutori site's free service as a way to put a new spin on our Log's final analysis requirements.
To access the site, click here
[To see a sample project to get inspiration, clickhere]
[To see more on the Sutori program and how it was inspired / created, click the video below]
-Unique International News Site-
Wanting a different way to try and find international news stories?
Check out some of these uncommon current event sites!
Legitimate News Sources for Current Events
The following websites are some of the acceptable Internet sources for finding current events for your log. If you have a question about any sources not on this list, feel free to ask Mr. H:
The Company designs, manufactures, and markets mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, and portable digital music players, and sells a variety of related software, services, accessories, networking solutions, and third-party digital content and applications. The Companys products and services include iPhone ® , iPad ® , Mac ® , iPod ® , Apple TV ® , a portfolio of consumer and professional software applications, the iOS and OS X ® operating systems, iCloud ® , and a variety of accessory, service and support offerings. In September 2014, the Company announced Apple Watch, which is expected to be available in early calendar year 2015, and Apple Pay, which became available in the U.S. in October 2014. The Company also sells and delivers digital content and applications through the iTunes Store ® , App Store, iBooks Store and Mac App Store. The Company sells its products worldwide through its retail stores, online stores and direct sales force, as well as through third-party cellular network carriers, wholesalers, retailers and value-added resellers. In addition, the Company sells a variety of third-party iPhone, iPad, Mac and iPod compatible products, including application software, and various accessories, through its online and retail stores. The Company sells to consumers, small and mid-sized businesses (SMB) and education, enterprise and government customers. The Companys fiscal year is the 52 or 53-week period that ends on the last Saturday of September. The Company is a California corporation established in 1977.
The Company is committed to bringing the best user experience to its customers through its innovative hardware, software and services. The Companys business strategy leverages its unique ability to design and develop its own operating systems, hardware, application software and services to provide its customers products and solutions with innovative design, superior ease-of-use and seamless integration. As part of its strategy, the Company continues to expand its platform for the discovery and delivery of third-party digital content and applications through the iTunes Store. As part of the iTunes Store, the Companys App Store and iBooks Store allow customers to discover and download applications and books through either a Mac or Windows-based computer or through iPhone, iPad and iPod touch ® devices (iOS devices). The Companys Mac App Store allows customers to easily discover, download and install Mac applications. The Company also supports a community for the development of third-party software and hardware products and digital content that complement the Companys offerings. The Company believes a high-quality buying experience with knowledgeable salespersons who can convey the value of the Companys products and services greatly enhances its ability to attract and retain customers. Therefore, the Companys strategy also includes building and expanding its own retail and online stores and its third-party distribution network to effectively reach more customers and provide them with a high-quality sales and post-sales support experience. The Company believes continual investment in research and development (R&D), marketing and advertising is critical to the development and sale of innovative products and technologies.
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The Company manages its business primarily on a geographic basis. Accordingly, the Company determined its reportable operating segments, which are generally based on the nature and location of its customers, to be the Americas, Europe, Greater China, Japan, Rest of Asia Pacific and Retail. The Americas segment includes both North and South America. The Europe segment includes European countries, as well as India, the Middle East and Africa. The Greater China segment includes China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The Rest of Asia Pacific segment includes Australia and Asian countries, other than those countries included in the Companys other operating segments. The results of the Companys geographic segments do not include the results of the Retail segment. Each operating segment provides similar hardware and software products and similar services. Further information regarding the Companys operating segments may be found in Part II, Item 7 of this Form under the subheading Segment Operating Performance, and in Part II, Item 8 of this Form 10-K in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Note 11, Segment Information and Geographic Data.
iPhone is the Companys line of smartphones that combines a phone, music player and internet device in one product, and is based on Apples iOS Multi-Touch operating system. iPhone has an integrated photo and video camera and photo library app, and on qualifying devices, also includes Siri ® , a voice activated intelligent assistant. iPhone works with the iTunes Store, the App Store and iBooks Store for purchasing, organizing and playing music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, books and apps. In addition to apps delivered with iOS, free downloads of iLife ® and iWork ® apps for iOS are available with all new iPhones. iPhone is compatible with both Mac and Windows personal computers and Apples iCloud services which provide synchronization of mail, contacts, calendars, apps, music, photos, documents and more across users devices. In September 2014, the Company introduced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that feature larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina ® HD displays and support for Apple Pay.
iPad is the Companys line of multi-purpose tablets based on Apples iOS Multi-Touch operating system, which includes iPad Air and iPad mini. iPad has an integrated photo and video camera and photo library app, and on qualifying devices, also includes Siri. iPad works with the iTunes Store, the iBooks Store and the App Store for purchasing, organizing and playing music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, books and apps. In addition to apps delivered with iOS for qualifying devices, iLife and iWork apps for iOS are available as free downloads with all new iPads. iPad is compatible with both Mac and Windows personal computers and Apples iCloud services. In October 2014, the Company introduced iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 that feature a Retina display, Touch ID and support for Apple Pay.
Mac is the Companys line of desktop and portable personal computers. Macs feature Intel microprocessors, the OS X operating system and include Mail, Safari ® web browser, Messages, Calendar, Reminders, Contacts and the iLife apps. The Companys iWork apps are also available as free downloads with all new Macs. The Companys desktop computers include iMac ® , Mac Pro ® and Mac mini. The Companys portable computers include MacBook Pro ® , MacBook Pro with Retina display and MacBook Air ® . In October 2014, the Company introduced the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display with improved performance, power efficiency and visual quality; and updated the Mac mini.
The Companys iPod line of portable digital music and media players includes iPod touch, iPod nano ® and iPod shuffle ® . All iPods work with iTunes ® to purchase and synchronize content. iPod touch, based on the Companys iOS Multi-Touch operating system, is a flash-memory-based iPod with an integrated photo and video camera and photo library app, and also includes Siri. iPod touch works with the iTunes Store, the App Store and the iBooks Store for purchasing and playing music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, books and apps. In addition to apps delivered with iOS, iLife and iWork apps for iOS are available as free downloads for all new iPod touch products. iPod touch is compatible with both Mac and Windows personal computers and Apples iCloud services.
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iTunes and the iTunes Store
Apples iTunes app, available for iOS devices, Mac and Windows personal computers and Apple TV, keeps users music, movies and TV shows organized in one place. iTunes is integrated with the iTunes Store, the App Store, the iBooks Store, iTunes U ® and iTunes Radio. The iTunes Store allows customers to purchase and download music and TV shows, rent or purchase movies and download free Podcasts. The App Store allows customers to discover and download apps and purchase in-app content. The iBooks Store features e-books from major and independent publishers. iTunes U allows users to download free lectures, videos and more from top universities, museums and other institutions. iTunes Radio provides a free Internet streaming service that allows users to personalize radio stations featuring music from the iTunes Store. In July 2014, the Company acquired Beats Music, LLC, which offers a subscription streaming music service that offers a curated listening experience and complements the Companys other music services and offerings.
Mac App Store
The Mac App Store allows customers to discover, download and install Mac applications. The Mac App Store offers applications in education, games, graphics and design, lifestyle, productivity, utilities and other categories. The Companys OS X operating system software and its iLife, iWork and other application software titles are also available on the Mac App Store.
iCloud is the Companys cloud service which stores music, photos, applications, contacts, calendars, mail, documents and more, keeping them up-to-date and available to multiple iOS devices, Mac and Windows personal computers and Apple TV. iCloud services include iTunes in the Cloud, iCloud Drive SM , iCloud Photo Sharing, Family Sharing, Find My iPhone, iPad or Mac and iCloud Backup for iOS devices. Users can sign up for free access to iCloud using a device running qualifying versions of iOS or OS X.
In October 2014, the Company released Apple Pay in the U.S., a new service aimed at making mobile payments easy, secure and private. Apple Pay works with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Apple Pay will also work with the newly announced Apple Watch upon its expected availability in early calendar year 2015.
Operating System Software
iOS is the Companys Multi-Touch operating system that serves as the foundation for iOS devices. Apps delivered with iOS for qualifying devices include Safari web browser, FaceTime ® video calling, Maps, Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Clock, Weather, Calculator, Notes, Reminders, Stocks, Compass and Messages. Devices running iOS are compatible with both Mac and Windows personal computers and Apples iCloud services. In September 2014, the Company released iOS 8, which provides new features for Messages and Photos, predictive typing for Apples QuickType keyboard and a new Health app. iOS 8 also introduced Family Sharing, which enables easier sharing of purchases, photos and calendars within the same household.
OS X, the Companys Mac operating system, is built on an open-source UNIX-based foundation and provides an intuitive and integrated computer experience. OS X Yosemite, released in October 2014, is the eleventh major release of OS X. Support for iCloud is built into OS X so users can access content and information from their Macs, their iOS devices and other supported devices and access downloaded content and apps from the iTunes Store. Apps delivered with OS X include Mail, Safari web browser, Messages, Calendar, Reminders, Contacts, Maps, iBooks ® and the iLife apps. OS X Yosemite incorporates additional continuity features including Handoff, which allows users to start an activity on one Mac or iOS device and pass it to another Mac or iOS device.
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iLife for Mac is the Companys consumer-oriented digital lifestyle software application suite included with all Mac computers. iLife features iPhoto ® , a digital photo application for storing, viewing, editing and sharing photos; iMovie ® , a digital video editing application; and GarageBand ® , a music creation application that allows users to play, record and create music. The Company also has Multi-Touch versions of these iLife applications designed specifically for use on iOS devices.
iWork for Mac is the Companys integrated productivity suite designed to help users create, present and publish documents, presentations and spreadsheets. iWork includes Pages ® for word processing and page layout, Keynote ® for presentations and Numbers ® for spreadsheets. The Company also has iOS Multi-Touch versions of each iWork application designed specifically for use on iOS devices.
Other Application Software
The Company also sells various other application software, including its professional line of applications: Final Cut Pro ® , Logic ® Pro X and its FileMaker ® Pro database software.
The Company sells a variety of Apple-branded and third-party Mac-compatible and iOS-compatible accessories, including Apple TV, headphones, cases, displays, storage devices and various other connectivity and computing products and supplies. In July 2014, the Company acquired Beats Electronics, LLC, which makes Beats ® headphones, speakers and audio software.
Apple TV connects to consumers high definition TVs and enables them to access iTunes content directly for streaming HD video, playing music and viewing photos. Content from iTunes Radio, Beats Music and other media services, including Netflix, YouTube, Flickr, Hulu Plus, Vevo, MLB, NBA and NHL is available on Apple TV. Apple TV allows streaming iTunes content from Macs and Windows personal computers through Home Share and through AirPlay ® from compatible Mac and iOS devices. Compatible Mac and iOS devices can also mirror their device screens as well as stream and play games on Apple TV.
In September 2014, the Company announced Apple Watch, a personal electronic device that combines new precision watch technology with an iOS-based user interface created specifically for a smaller device. Apple Watch features Digital Crown, a unique navigation tool that allows users to seamlessly scroll, zoom and navigate. Apple Watch enables customers to communicate in new ways from their wrist and features Force Touch, a technology that senses the difference between a tap and a press and allows users to access controls within apps. Apple Watch is expected to be available in early calendar year 2015 and will be compatible with iPhone 5 and newer iPhone models running the latest version of iOS 8.
iOS and Mac Developer Programs
The Companys iOS and Mac Developer Programs support app developers with the development, testing and distribution of iOS and Mac apps through the App Store and the Mac App Store. Development tools included with the Companys Developer Programs include Xcode ® , the Companys integrated development environment for creating apps for iOS devices and Mac. Xcode includes project management tools; analysis tools to collect, display and compare app performance data; simulation tools to locally run, test and debug apps; tools to simplify the design and development of user interfaces; Swift, the Companys new programming language for both iOS and OS X introduced in June 2014; and the latest software development kits for iOS and OS X. The Companys Developer Programs also provide access to multiple development resources including the Companys Developer Forums, extensive technical documentation and sample code. The Companys Developer Programs also provide developers with access tools and information for submitting their apps to the App Store and the Mac App Store.
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Product Support and Services
AppleCare ® offers a range of support options for the Companys customers. These include assistance that is built into software products, printed and electronic product manuals, online support including comprehensive product information as well as technical assistance, the AppleCare Protection Plan (APP) and the AppleCare+ Protection Plan (AC+). APP is a fee-based service that typically includes two to three years of phone support, hardware repairs and dedicated web-based support resources. AC+ is a fee-based service available in certain countries for iPhone and iPad. AC+ offers additional coverage under some circumstances for instances of accidental damage in addition to the services offered by APP.
Markets and Distribution
The Companys customers are primarily in the consumer, SMB, education, enterprise and government markets. The Company sells its products and resells third-party products in most of its major markets directly to consumers and SMBs through its retail and online stores and its direct sales force. The Company also employs a variety of indirect distribution channels, such as third-party cellular network carriers, wholesalers, retailers and value-added resellers. During 2014, the Companys net sales through its direct and indirect distribution channels accounted for 28% and 72%, respectively, of total net sales.
The Company believes that sales of its innovative and differentiated products are enhanced by knowledgeable salespersons who can convey the value of the hardware and software integration and demonstrate the unique solutions that are available on its products. The Company further believes providing direct contact with its targeted customers is an effective way to demonstrate the advantages of its products over those of its competitors and providing a high-quality sales and after-sales support experience is critical to attracting new and retaining existing customers.
To ensure a high-quality buying experience for its products in which service and education are emphasized, the Company continues to build and improve its distribution capabilities by expanding the number of its own retail stores worldwide. The Companys retail stores are typically located at high-traffic locations in quality shopping malls and urban shopping districts. By operating its own stores and locating them in desirable high-traffic locations the Company is better positioned to ensure a high quality customer buying experience and attract new customers. The stores are designed to simplify and enhance the presentation and marketing of the Companys products and related solutions. The retail stores employ experienced and knowledgeable personnel who provide product advice, service and training and offer a wide selection of third-party hardware, software and other accessories that complement the Companys products.
The Company has also invested in programs to enhance reseller sales by placing high-quality Apple fixtures, merchandising materials and other resources within selected third-party reseller locations. Through the Apple Premium Reseller Program, certain third-party resellers focus on the Apple platform by providing a high level of product expertise, integration and support services.
The Company is committed to delivering solutions to help educators teach and students learn. The Company believes effective integration of technology into classroom instruction can result in higher levels of student achievement and has designed a range of products, services and programs to address the needs of education customers. The Company also supports mobile learning and real-time distribution of, and access to, education related materials through iTunes U, a platform that allows students and teachers to share and distribute educational media online. The Company sells its products to the education market through its direct sales force, select third-party resellers and its online and retail stores.
The Company also sells its hardware and software products to enterprise and government customers in each of its geographic segments. The Companys products are deployed in these markets because of their performance, productivity, ease of use and seamless integration into information technology environments. The Companys products are compatible with thousands of third-party business applications and services, and its tools enable the development and secure deployment of custom applications as well as remote device administration. In July 2014, the Company announced a global partnership with IBM to offer MobileFirst for iOS, a new class of industry-specific mobile solutions; AppleCare for Enterprise, a new service and support product tailored to the needs of enterprise customers; and Device Supply, Activate and Manage, a suite of value-added reselling services for iPhone, iPad and Mac.
No single customer accounted for more than 10% of net sales in 2014, 2013 or 2012.
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The markets for the Companys products and services are highly competitive and the Company is confronted by aggressive competition in all areas of its business. These markets are characterized by frequent product introductions and rapid technological advances that have substantially increased the capabilities and use of mobile communication and media devices, personal computers and other digital electronic devices. The Companys competitors who sell mobile devices and personal computers based on other operating systems have aggressively cut prices and lowered their product margins to gain or maintain market share. The Companys financial condition and operating results can be adversely affected by these and other industry-wide downward pressures on gross margins. Principal competitive factors important to the Company include price, product features, relative price/performance, product quality and reliability, design innovation, a strong third-party software and accessories ecosystem, marketing and distribution capability, service and support and corporate reputation.
The Company is focused on expanding its market opportunities related to personal computers and mobile communication and media devices. These markets are highly competitive and include many large, well-funded and experienced participants. The Company expects competition in these markets to intensify significantly as competitors attempt to imitate some of the features of the Companys products and applications within their own products or, alternatively, collaborate with each other to offer solutions that are more competitive than those they currently offer. These markets are characterized by aggressive pricing practices, frequent product introductions, evolving design approaches and technologies, rapid adoption of technological and product advancements by competitors and price sensitivity on the part of consumers and businesses.
The Companys digital content services have faced significant competition from other companies promoting their own digital music and content products and services, including those offering free peer-to-peer music and video services.
The Companys future financial condition and operating results depend on the Companys ability to continue to develop and offer new innovative products and services in each of the markets in which it competes. The Company believes it offers superior innovation and integration of the entire solution including the hardware (iPhone, iPad, Mac and iPod), software (iOS, OS X and iTunes), online services and distribution of digital content and applications (iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store and Mac App Store). Some of the Companys current and potential competitors have substantial resources and may be able to provide such products and services at little or no profit or even at a loss to compete with the Companys offerings.
Supply of Components
Although most components essential to the Companys business are generally available from multiple sources, a number of components are currently obtained from single or limited sources. In addition, the Company competes for various components with other participants in the markets for mobile communication and media devices and personal computers. Therefore, many components used by the Company, including those that are available from multiple sources, are at times subject to industry-wide shortage and significant pricing fluctuations that could materially adversely affect the Companys financial condition and operating results.
The Company uses some custom components that are not commonly used by its competitors, and new products introduced by the Company often utilize custom components available from only one source. When a component or product uses new technologies, initial capacity constraints may exist until the suppliers yields have matured or manufacturing capacity has increased. If the Companys supply of components for a new or existing product were delayed or constrained, or if an outsourcing partner delayed shipments of completed products to the Company, the Companys financial condition and operating results could be materially adversely affected. The Companys business and financial performance could also be materially adversely affected depending on the time required to obtain sufficient quantities from the original source, or to identify and obtain sufficient quantities from an alternative source. Continued availability of these components at acceptable prices, or at all, may be affected if those suppliers concentrated on the production of common components instead of components customized to meet the Companys requirements.
The Company has entered into agreements for the supply of many components; however, there can be no guarantee that the Company will be able to extend or renew these agreements on similar terms, or at all. Therefore, the Company remains subject to significant risks of supply shortages and price increases that could materially adversely affect its financial condition and operating results.
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While the Company manufactures some Macs in the United States, substantially all of the Companys hardware products are currently manufactured by outsourcing partners that are located primarily in Asia. A significant concentration of this manufacturing is currently performed by a small number of outsourcing partners, often in single locations. Certain of these outsourcing partners are the sole-sourced suppliers of components and manufacturers for many of the Companys products. Although the Company works closely with its outsourcing partners on manufacturing schedules, the Companys operating results could be adversely affected if its outsourcing partners were unable to meet their production commitments. The Companys purchase commitments typically cover its requirements for periods up to 150 days.
Research and Development
Because the industries in which the Company competes are characterized by rapid technological advances, the Companys ability to compete successfully depends heavily upon its ability to ensure a continual and timely flow of competitive products, services and technologies to the marketplace. The Company continues to develop new technologies to enhance existing products and to expand the range of its product offerings through R&D, licensing of intellectual property and acquisition of third-party businesses and technology. Total R&D expense was $6.0 billion, $4.5 billion and $3.4 billion in 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively.
Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Licenses
The Company currently holds rights to patents and copyrights relating to certain aspects of its hardware devices, accessories, software and services. The Company has registered or has applied for trademarks and service marks in the U.S. and a number of foreign countries. Although the Company believes the ownership of such patents, copyrights, trademarks and service marks is an important factor in its business and that its success does depend in part on the ownership thereof, the Company relies primarily on the innovative skills, technical competence and marketing abilities of its personnel.
The Company regularly files patent applications to protect innovations arising from its research, development and design, and is currently pursuing thousands of patent applications around the world. Over time, the Company has accumulated a large portfolio of issued patents around the world. The Company holds copyrights relating to certain aspects of its products and services. No single patent or copyright is solely responsible for protecting the Companys products. The Company believes the duration of its patents is adequate relative to the expected lives of its products.
Many of the Companys products are designed to include intellectual property obtained from third parties. It may be necessary in the future to seek or renew licenses relating to various aspects of its products, processes and services. While the Company has generally been able to obtain such licenses on commercially reasonable terms in the past, there is no guarantee that such licenses could be obtained in the future on reasonable terms or at all. Because of technological changes in the industries in which the Company competes, current extensive patent coverage and the rapid rate of issuance of new patents, it is possible that certain components of the Companys products, processes and services may unknowingly infringe existing patents or intellectual property rights of others. From time to time, the Company has been notified that it may be infringing certain patents or other intellectual property rights of third parties.
Foreign and Domestic Operations and Geographic Data
During 2014, the Companys domestic and international net sales accounted for 38% and 62%, respectively, of total net sales. Information regarding financial data by geographic segment is set forth in Part II, Item 7 of this Form 10-K under the subheading Segment Operating Performance, and in Part II, Item 8 of this Form in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Note 11, Segment Information and Geographic Data.
While substantially all of the Companys hardware products are currently manufactured by outsourcing partners that are located primarily in Asia, the Company also performs final assembly of certain products at its manufacturing facility in Ireland. The supply and manufacture of a number of components is performed by sole-sourced outsourcing partners in the U.S., Asia and Europe. Margins on sales of the Companys products in foreign countries and on sales of products that include components obtained from foreign suppliers, can be adversely affected by foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations and by international trade regulations, including tariffs and antidumping penalties. Information regarding concentration in the available sources of supply of materials and products is set forth in Part II, Item 8 of this Form in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Note 10, Commitments and Contingencies.
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Business Seasonality and Product Introductions
The Company has historically experienced higher net sales in its first quarter compared to other quarters in its fiscal year due in part to seasonal holiday demand. Additionally, new product introductions can significantly impact net sales, product costs and operating expenses. Product introductions can also impact the Companys net sales to its indirect distribution channels as these channels are filled with new product inventory following a product introduction, and often, channel inventory of a particular product declines as the next related major product launch approaches. Net sales can also be affected when consumers and distributors anticipate a product introduction. However, neither historical seasonal patterns nor historical patterns of product introductions should be considered reliable indicators of the Companys future pattern of product introductions, future net sales or financial performance.
The Company offers a limited parts and labor warranty on most of its hardware products. The basic warranty period is typically one year from the date of purchase by the original end-user. The Company also offers a basic warranty for its service parts used to repair the Companys hardware products. In certain jurisdictions, local law requires that manufacturers guarantee their products for a period prescribed by statute, typically at least two years. In addition, where available, consumers may purchase APP or AC+, which extends service coverage on many of the Companys hardware products.
In the Companys experience, the actual amount of product backlog at any particular time is not a meaningful indication of its future business prospects. In particular, backlog often increases immediately following new product introductions as customers anticipate shortages. Backlog is often reduced once customers believe they can obtain sufficient supply. Because of the foregoing, backlog should not be considered a reliable indicator of the Companys ability to achieve any particular level of revenue or financial performance.
As of September 27, 2014, the Company had approximately 92,600 full-time equivalent employees and an additional 4,400 full-time equivalent temporary employees and contractors. Approximately 46,200 of the total full-time equivalent employees worked in the Companys Retail segment.
The Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, and amendments to reports filed pursuant to Sections 13(a) and 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act), are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC). The Company is subject to the informational requirements of the Exchange Act and files or furnishes reports, proxy statements and other information with the SEC. Such reports and other information filed by the Company with the SEC are available free of charge on the Companys website at investor.apple.com/sec.cfm when such reports are available on the SECs website. The public may read and copy any materials filed by the Company with the SEC at the SECs Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, NE, Room 1580, Washington, DC 20549. The public may obtain information on the operation of the Public Reference Room by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330. The SEC maintains an Internet site that contains reports, proxy and information statements and other information regarding issuers that file electronically with the SEC at www.sec.gov . The contents of these websites are not incorporated into this filing. Further, the Companys references to the URLs for these websites are intended to be inactive textual references only.
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