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Apple Acquired 24 Companies Over Last 18 Months, 'We're On The Prowl' for More

Applelogo.pngDuring today's second quarter earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that Apple has purchased a total of 24 companies over the last 18 months, some that are known and some that remain unknown.

Just over half of Apple’s acquisitions have come to light, which means the company has purchased a number of additional companies that have not been disclosed. So far in 2014, Apple acquired SnappyLabs, a company that produced a burst-mode photo app, and Burstly, the company behind the Testflight iOS beta testing platform.

2013 saw Apple acquire several different mapping apps, including BroadMap, Embark, HopStop, Locationary, and WiFiSlam, along with other notable additions like 3D company PrimeSense and Novauris, a speech recognition company. Back in October, Tim Cook noted Apple had completed 15 strategic acquisitions in 2013, pointing towards a number of new acquisitions already in 2014.

The technology from Apple’s acquisitions will likely make its way into future products and updates. For example, all of the mapping acquisitions are expected to be put to use in iOS 8, which will see the addition of transit directions and possibly improved indoor mapping techniques.

During the call, Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that investing in research and development along with hardware, software, and services were top priorities, and that the company was "on the prowl" for new companies to acquire.

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21 weeks ago

well they surely are innovating their stock value

oh wait

splits then increasing scarcity is stock price manipulation 101

makes me wonder how close Ichan and Cook really are... :mad:

innovation my a$$


Your ignorance offends me.
Rating: 8 Votes
21 weeks ago

Your ignorance offends me.


Situation: Apple not buying companies. Reaction: Why don't you spend some of your cash?

Situation: Apple acquires companies. Reaction: You're just manipulating your stock price.

Translation: The latest fad is criticizing Apple. It makes small people feel big.
Rating: 6 Votes
21 weeks ago

Situation: Apple not buying companies. Reaction: Why don't you spend some of your cash?

Situation: Apple acquires companies. Reaction: You're just manipulating your stock price.

Translation: The latest fad is criticizing Apple. It makes small people feel big.

Well put. This has become the premier site to take a dig at apple, it boggles my mind.
Rating: 5 Votes
21 weeks ago
Under the radar, as always.
Rating: 2 Votes
21 weeks ago
ok Apple, Now buy a company that will make the pictures big on iOS 7.1 when somebody will call me!!! instead of that tiny little circle! :mad:
Rating: 2 Votes
21 weeks ago
Apple must FEED.
Rating: 1 Votes
21 weeks ago
PLEASE buy the company I work for!!!!
Rating: 1 Votes
21 weeks ago

I think that joke fell flat.


No joke. It seems like more and more podcasts can't be played in iTunes due to being some "QuickTime" format or another, and for as bloated as iTunes is, it's incapable of playing anything but a single video codec.

Between iOS & OS X, Apples handling of video is embarrassingly atrocious. Worse than an afterthought.

It seems all the money in the world still cant buy Apple the basics of video playback. But who cares about the functionality of the product...
Rating: 1 Votes
21 weeks ago

As was already said, no matter where I go, I'm offended by complete ignorance. Thing is, I'm not even sure these people understand they are trolls.


So your own posts here offend you?
Rating: 1 Votes
21 weeks ago
I am surprised Apple hasn't swallowed TiVo yet. Both companies products seem to appeal to the same type of people. Also, TiVo has a ton of patents regarding set top box technology. That has to interest Apple just a bit. Add to this that TiVo fired most of it's hardware engineers a month ago. Hmmm.
Rating: 1 Votes

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