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It also gets you regulatory protection, to an extent.

Apple is owned by countless pension funds, endowments, likely every politician who invests, and a large % of the general population.

Their success is also part success for all those people. Private companies have far fewer defenders, much easier to vilify and punish.

That's true of Apple - how about SNAP or SHOP? or a ton of other smaller software companies that most have not even heard of apart from the ones in the know?

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