Apple's first-quarter earnings announcement had retail investors buzzing Wednesday morning about the company's $18 billion profits, the largest ever reported by a public company. Apple's revenue is equivalent to collecting $10 from every person in the world.
And the tech giant is hanging on to a lot of that cash. Its massive reserves of $178 billion are enough to pay every American $556, which outpaces the next-biggest player, Microsoft, at only $319 in reserves per U.S. resident.
Here's what else Apple executives could do with the extra funds.