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Substantially all of the Company’s iPhones, iPads, Macs, iPods, logic boards and other assembled products are manufactured by outsourcing partners, primarily in various parts of Asia. A significant concentration of this outsourced manufacturing is currently performed by only a few outsourcing partners of the Company, often in single locations. Certain of these outsourcing partners are the sole-sourced supplier of components and manufacturing outsourcing for many of the Company’s key products including but not limited to final assembly of substantially all of the Company’s hardware products. Although the Company works closely with its outsourcing partners on manufacturing schedules, the Company’s operating results could be adversely affected if its outsourcing partners were unable to meet their production commitments. The Company’s purchase commitments typically cover its requirements for periods ranging from 30 to 150 days.

Long-Term Supply Agreements

The Company has entered into long-term agreements to secure the supply of certain inventory components. These agreements generally expire between 2011 and 2022. As of March 26, 2011, the Company had a total of $2.4 billion of inventory component prepayments outstanding, of which $179 million is classified as other current assets and $2.2 billion is classified as other assets in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets. The Company had a total of $956 million of inventory component prepayments outstanding as of September 25, 2010. The Company’s outstanding prepayments will be applied to certain inventory component purchases made during the term of each respective agreement. As of March 26, 2011, the Company had off-balance sheet commitments under long- term supply agreements totaling approximately $2.0 billion to make additional inventory component prepayments and to acquire capital equipment in 2011 and beyond.

Other Off-Balance Sheet Commitments

The Company leases various equipment and facilities, including retail space, under noncancelable operating lease arrangements. The Company does not currently utilize any other off-balance sheet financing arrangements. The major facility leases are typically for terms not exceeding 10 years and generally provide renewal options for terms not exceeding five additional years. Leases for retail space are for terms ranging from five to 20 years, the majority of which are for 10 years, and often contain multi-year renewal options. As of September 25, 2010, the Company’s total future minimum lease payments under noncancelable operating leases were $2.1 billion, of which $1.7 billion related to leases for retail space. As of March 26, 2011, total future minimum lease payments under noncancelable operating leases related to leases for retail space were $2.0 billion.

Additionally, as of March 26, 2011, the Company had outstanding off-balance sheet commitments for outsourced manufacturing and component purchases of $11.0 billion. Other outstanding obligations were $747 million as of March 26, 2011, and were comprised mainly of commitments to acquire product tooling and manufacturing process equipment and commitments related to advertising, research and development, Internet and telecommunications services and other obligations. These commitments exclude the off- balance sheet commitments under the long-term supply agreements described above.


The Company is subject to various legal proceedings and claims that have arisen in the ordinary course of business and have not been fully adjudicated, which are discussed in Part II, Item 1 of this Form 10-Q under the heading “Legal Proceedings” and in Part II Item 1A under the heading “Risk Factors.” In the opinion of management, the Company does not have a potential liability related to any current legal proceedings and claims that would individually or in the aggregate materially adversely affect its financial condition or operating results. However, the results of legal proceedings cannot be predicted with certainty. If the Company failed to prevail in any of these legal matters or if several of these legal matters were resolved against the Company in the same reporting period, the operating results of a particular reporting period could be materially adversely affected.

On March 14, 2008, Mirror Worlds, LLC filed an action against the Company alleging that certain of its products infringed on three patents covering technology used to display files. On October 1, 2010, a jury returned a verdict against the Company, and awarded damages of $208 million per patent for each of the three patents asserted. On April 4, 2011, the Judge overturned the verdict in the Company’s favor. The Company had not recorded a loss contingency for this action.


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