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Apple didn't move at all on this year's IW U.S. 500 list. But you shouldn't hold that against it.
Financially, Apple is in a different league from its competitors. It has escaped the middling positions of smartphone makers and computer makers and has landed itself snuggly right up at the top of the list, tucked in between the impossible profits of big oil and the impossible scale of big auto.
Last year, by simply updating its legacy products, Apple's revenue increased $14.4 billion. That is just a few million off from the increases seen by Qualcomm, Microsoft, Western Digital and Cisco combined.
That has earned it a place up with the big guys. Doing so serves as a reminder to the world: when phones start outselling cars, it's time to take technology seriously.
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