Why is Apple spending its cash now?
19 March 2012 Last updated at 19:37 GMT
Apple has said it will use its cash to start paying a dividend to shareholders and to buy back some of its shares.
The technology giant said it would pay a quarterly dividend of $2.65 per share from July.
The BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones says the company's announcement may have been influenced by their cash pile becoming "embarrassing".