In contrast to companies like Google, Cisco, or say, the Microsoft of yesteryear, Apple doesn't typically go on acquisition sprees. Put differently, Apple doesn't spend millions of dollars acquiring companies simply because they have interesting technology. Rather, they make surgical acquisitions that have a precise fit within the company's broader product plans. It goes without saying that Apple's acquisitions have played a fundamental role in its products, such as OS X, the iPod, and the iPhone. That being said, here are some of Apple's most important and influential acquisitions over the last 30 years.
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