Apple is a lead-don't-follow kind of company, so as it's released a parade of hit products, the tech giant has unleashed money-making opportunities for companies less fearful of being labeled "derivative." Some firms replicate an Apple product, others find a way to offer a complimentary service or gadget, like an iPod dock for the living room.
Just how large is the Apple Sphere of Influence? Minyanville writer Diane Bullock found 11 companies that can thank Apple
(AAPL) for a good chunk of their healthy profits. This is a short list, of course. Please add your thoughts and comments about other companies swirling in Apple's orbit, below.
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