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That's less than last quarter, when it reported a cash pile of $245 billion.
While Apple continues to be among the most cash rich companies in the world, it does have aggressive expansion plans that will require putting some of that money to work.
Apple is investing $1 billion in a new campus in Austin, Texas, where it will eventually employ 15,000 workers. It's also building new locations in Boston, Boulder, Portland, New York, Seattle, Culver City (CA), San Diego and Pittsburgh. That's part of the $350 billion Apple promised to contribute to the U.S. over five years, including some that will come through taxes on repatriated cash.
Apple is also on pace to spend $7 billion on video and music content this year, according to a quarterly filing earlier this month. The company spent $1.7 billion on video and music content in the first quarter of the year to ramp up its premium services offering, including its Apple TV+ service that will launch in the fall.
Investors continue to look to Apple for buybacks and dividends as well. The company is authorizing a further $75 billion cash return through a share repurchase. Last year, the iPhone maker spent $74.2 billion buying back its own shares — up from a total $34.4 billion in 2017. It's also raising its quarterly dividend to 77 cents a share from 73 cents.