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Apple has been named the best brand in the world again in 2016. Brand consultancy firm Interbrand has placed Apple at the top of the rankings for four years in a row. Apple is therefore considered more valuable than Google, Microsoft, Samsung, and Amazon, amongst others.

Apple didn’t just top this list of the Best Global Brands, it smashed the opposition. Interbrand values the Apple brand at $178.1 billion, whereas Google, in the number two spot, is valued at $133.3 billion. There’s then a big drop to third, with Coca-Cola valued at (just!) $73.1 billion.

According to Interbrand, the Top 10 best brands in the world right now are:

  1. Apple
  2. Google
  3. Coca-Cola
  4. Microsoft
  5. Toyota
  6. IBM
  7. Samsung
  8. Amazon
  9. Mercedes-Benz
  10. GE

In its blurb about each company, Interbrand describes Apple as “a technology company that leads innovation with their products and software platforms, providing seamless experiences across devices, and empowering people with breakthrough services”.

It should be noted that there are several of these brand rankings released every year. Forbes released its own list in May, and, lo and behold, Apple topped that one too Apple Named Most Valuable Brand, Instagram Gets a Makeover... [Tech News Digest] Apple Named Most Valuable Brand, Instagram Gets a Makeover... [Tech News Digest] Apple remains the king of all brands, Instagram enjoys a makeover, the sun sets on the Sunrise calendar app, the Nintendo 2DS is getting cheaper, and watch a spear take down a drone. Read More . So, perhaps Apple’s incredible value as a brand is inarguable at this stage.

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Companies Threatening Apple’s Dominance

OK, so Apple is clearly number one right now, with fresh air between it and the rest of the field. However, the value of some other companies’ brands is rising fast. And Interbrand is also tracking these future competitors.

Facebook is growing extremely quickly, with its brand value having increased by 48% in the last 12 months. Amazon isn’t far behind, growing by 33%. Then there’s LEGO on 25%, Nissan on 22%, and Adobe on 21%. So the death of Adobe Flash Why Flash Needs to Die (And How You Can Get Rid of It) Why Flash Needs to Die (And How You Can Get Rid of It) The Internet's relationship with Flash has been rocky for a while. Once, it was a universal standard on the web. Now, it looks like it may be headed to the chopping block. What changed? Read More has actually had a positive effect on the company.

Will any of these growing brands topple Apple anytime soon? We doubt it, because Apple has an enviable lead over the competition. And while removing the headphone jack No Stereo Jack, No Problem: Why the iPhone 7 Sounds Great No Stereo Jack, No Problem: Why the iPhone 7 Sounds Great It's official -- Apple has removed the standard 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7. But don't worry, this is a good thing. Read More annoyed some people, the iPhone 7 is still guaranteed to be a success. Because everything Apple does is a success.

What’s your favorite brand right now? Do you agree that Apple is the most recognized and revered brand in the world? What does the Apple brand stand for as far as you’re concerned? Please let us know in the comments below!

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