AFP 2012-08-20 19:31:39 114952571
(FILES)Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduces Apple's next generation computer operating system Mac OS X Lion, the mobile operating system iOS 5, and the internet storage service iCloud during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco on June 6, 2011 in California. Apple on August 20, 2012 dethroned longtime rival Microsoft as the most valuable company in history based on the value of its stock, which climbed to approximately $622 billion. Apple's stock began a steady climb late last week and hit a new high of $664 a share during Monday trade on the Nasdaq exchange amid rumors the tech giant is poised to release new versions of iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV devices. AFP PHOTO / Kimihiro HOSHINO/FILES
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