It may have been a lost year for the tech titan in many respects, but Apple's (Fortune 500) position as the world's most valuable brand remains undisputed. ,
Still, rivals are gaining share of the smartphone market, profits and margins have been squeezed, Apple stock is 30% off its 2012 peak, and the company hasn't unveiled a major new product since the iPad mini last October.
The company has picked itself up off the mat again in recent weeks by announcing it will hand back $100 billion to shareholders over the next three years and is working on "exciting new product categories." Cue the long-rumored iWatch or iTV?
WPP and Millward Brown's ranking of the top brands in China features tech companies, oil and gas pioneers and a baijiu maker.