Apple makes news every year, and ever since Steve Jobs returned to the company in 1997, the news has mostly been good. But any big company will make a few missteps, and Apple is no exception. No company can escape the occasional misstep, but with Apple, the stumbles get the same kind of "generous" coverage that the successes do. Apple is hardly a shy, retiring company that prefers to hide from the spotlight -- even people who've never owned an Apple product can probably name several, whether bec
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Remember the old body-building ad featuring the 97-pound weakling getting sand kicked in his face? That ad was actually titled "the insult that made a man out of Mac," and for years it seemed an apt metaphor for the relationship between the forever-about-to-fail Apple and powerhouse Microsoft. That's why it was shocking to learn in May that Apple had passed Microsoft in company valuation: Apple was valued at $222 billion, while Microsoft was stuck a little below a measly $220 billion. Oh, Apple, you are a real computer company after all.