Tim Cook, Apple executive:illustration by Joe Cummings

Tim Cook became chief executive of Apple Inc in August 2011, taking over from company co-founder, Steve Jobs.

He was recruited from Compaq in 1998 and given the task of slashing costs. Previously he worked for Intelligent Electronics and IBM.

Chart that tells a story . . . Apple shares vs gadgets

Tech group’s shares hit new high

Apple: why so tasty?

Share price rally could be about cash, the next iPhone – or nothing at all

Managers must ask what Icahn would see

Businesses need to practise thinking like activist investors

Apple R&D spike hints at new products

More than just the annual iPhone refresh likely coming soon

Apple eyes return to high of $100 shares

Earnings expected to buoy tech group with new products on horizon

BlackRock co-founder joins Apple board

Susan Wagner becomes tech giant’s second female director

Apple to pay $400m if it loses ebook case

Company protests its innocence over claims it overcharged consumers

IBM chief Ginni Rometty and Apple counterpart Tim Cook
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Apple joins forces with IBM

Former PC foes to sell iPhones and iPads to large companies

EU to probe Apple’s Irish tax affairs

Move by Brussels is part of widening global crackdown on avoidance

Apple’s iOS8 opens door to developers

Tech group opening up new elements of its iPhone operating system

Apple seeks to make iPhone a health hub

HealthKit prepares ground for launch of iWatch

Apple ‘thinks different’ with music deal

Tim Cook says Beats headphones business alone justifies $3bn purchase price

Tim Cook and Dr Dre

Apple buys Beats for $3bn

Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre to join tech group as part of deal

Beats move marks break with Apple’s past

Widespread scepticism over proposed $3.2bn deal for Beats

Apple in talks for $3.2bn Beats deal

Headphone maker is set to be iPhone maker’s largest acquisition

China becomes the iPhone growth story

Popularity of older phones in emerging markets puts shine on Apple

Investors eye more Apple share buybacks

Impact of iPhone sales in China set to be revealed

Samsung chiefs top Apple’s Cook in pay

S Korean groups forced to disclose executive remuneration

Apple chief turns up TV ambitions

Television becomes a billion-dollar business

Icahn drops Apple buyback demand

Investor withdraws as ISS recommends shareholders reject plan

Bitcoin fans smash iPhones in protest

Digital currency advocates accuse Apple of trying to crush rival

Apple spends $14bn on buybacks

‘Opportunistic’ purchases made over a two-week period

Text: Icahn’s letter to Apple shareholders

Text: Sir Nicholas Macpherson letter

US bill targets companies’ overseas cash

Bipartisan plan to pay for roads and bridges is gaining steam

China smartphones: Xiaomi the money

iPhone’s moment comes as local competition is gearing up

The designer who inspired Apple

Edwin Heathcote reviews ‘Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products’, by Leander Kahney

Apple puts down roots for next decade

Innovation doubts continue to hang over group

Icahn pushes for bigger Apple buyback

Activist investor calls for 'immediate' $150bn expansion to buyback

Apple iPad shuts window on Microsoft

Free iPad writing software presents conundrum for Microsoft

Apple unveils lighter full-sized iPad Air

Bid to consolidate position at high end of tablet market

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Apple and Burberry’s control formula

Ahrendts’ move demonstrates how the strategies of the two groups are related

Onshoring: Manufacturers capitalise on goods ‘made in the USA’

Trend to produce on home soil not limited to big names

Apple sells more than 9m of latest iPhones

Figures boosted by addition of China to launch schedule

Apple boosts guidance on record iPhone sales

Launch weekend beats forecasts; shares jump in early trading

an illustration of Steve Jobs in a TV entertainment system
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Diary: Walter Isaacson

The author of Steve Jobs’ biography ponders the ‘incredible’ connection between the late Apple chief and Syria

Apple rolls out iOS design switch

New look and feel expected to provoke backlash

Fears over iPhone price hit Apple shares

Investors hoped for cheaper prices for India and China

Apple makes first global iPhone launch

No announcement of China Mobile partnership at Beijing event

Apple's 5C range of iPhones

Apple pays a price for cost of new iPhone

Trailed as cheaper alternative, the 5C may still be too expensive