By almost any measure, Apple is one of the most successful and revered companies in the world. Its wildly popular products have changed how we live, work and play, and have made it the world's most valuable company as measured by stock value. It is a symbol of American ingenuity and innovation. But the price of Apple's success and its broader implications have never been closely scrutinized. In “The iEconomy” series, The New York Times showed that the carefully cultivated public image of Apple was often at odds with the company's reality. Apple's success, like that of so many firms in the growing information-technology economy, has come at a cost, a team of Times reporters found.