Apple has begun issuing its employees with Apple-branded hoodies as a thank you for all their hard work during a terrific year for the Cupertino company. In addition to a free hoody, employees also got extra vacation time over Thanksgiving, and some departments were given personalized noted from higher-level staff, according to 9to5Mac.
2011 has been a fantastic year for Apple, despite the loss of its co-founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs. Not only did it see the launch of the iPad 2 back in March — which has been an incredibly successful device, following in the footsteps of its predecessor and ensuring rival tablets from the likes of Samsung don’t have a chance of stealing any significant percentage of the market — but it also saw the launch of the iPhone 4S, which is shaping up to be the company’s most successful iPhone yet.
2011 also saw Apple overtake Exxon Mobil to become the world’s most valuable company; the launch of the Mac App Store, OS X Lion, iOS 5, and more. It’s no wonder, then, that the company wants to say thanks to its employees for all their hard work.
However, the Apple hoody doesn’t quite match the gift Google gave to its employees this holiday: a customized Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone. But even so, I know which company I’d much prefer to be a part of.