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Give every American a Starbucks latte a day for three months
A Starbucks venti latte costs around $3.50, but varies from place to place. Multiply that figure by the population and it only reaches $1.099 billion. Apple has much more than that.
With $137.1 billion in cash, Apple could give every single American—all 314 million, babies and all; though caffeine is not recommended for the little people—the largest sized Starbucks latte for free. Not just once, but every single day for just shy of three months.
Or, Apple could give everyone in the world a Starbucks latte in the morning for five and a half days before the iPhone and iPad maker ran out of cash.
Buy 80 Endeavour space shuttles
NASA spent around $1.7 billion on Endeavour, the space shuttle orbiter built to replace Challenger. With $137.1 billion, Apple could just stretch it enough to buy 80 space shuttles.
But, of course, this doesn't include the costs of fuel, astronaut labor costs, and launching the thing into orbit. Realistically, Apple could probably buy around 50 at today's prices and still have plenty left over to run a half-decent space program of its own.
Plug less than 1 percent of the U.S.'s federal debt
The U.S. federal debt is a very contentious topic. Currently at $16.07 trillion, it's thought to be one of—if not the largest amount of money in the world. And, even with that, nobody has it. That amount of money doesn't actually exist, only in the vague subconscious minds of bankers.
Apple could help its good friend out—the U.S. government—by plugging everything it has into the U.S. federal debt. $137.1 billion into $16.07 trillion amounts to 0.8 percent. That's it. It's barely a drop in the ocean, but it's a start.