Apple designs and sells consumer electronics, computer software, and personal computers and also operates retail stores. Its best-known hardware products are the Macintosh line of computers, the iPod, the iPad and the iPhone. Apple is the world’s third-largest mobile phone-maker after Samsung and Nokia. 

Row over EU tax decision against Apple sharpens

US accuses EU of grabbing tax revenues with Apple decision

The United States has accused the European Union of grabbing revenue intended for US coffers when it ordered Apple Inc to pay up to US$14.5 billion in back taxes, a decision that could cause friction at an international summit in China next week.