Apple is on the verge of yet another major milestone. The iPhone maker is close to topping a market value of more than $3 trillion — the first publicly traded company ever to be worth that much. Shares of Apple\n \n (AAPL) were up about 1% in premarket trading Monday to around $181.75. The stock needs to hit $182.85 for Apple\n \n (AAPL) to surpass the $3 trillion mark. Apple’s market value first crossed the $1 trillion threshold in August 2018 and passed $2 trillion in August 2020. Apple shares are up more than 35% this year alone. The company has benefited from booming demand for its new IPhone 13 and other older models as well as subscription services such as Apple Music, Apple TV+, iCloud and its popular App Store. Sales surged nearly 30% to more than $83 billion in Apple’s most recent quarter, which ended in September. The company has a whopping $191 billion in cash as well. But before long, Apple may have some company in the $3 trillion club. Microsoft\n \n (MSFT) is now worth about $2.6 trillion and Google owner Alphabet’s\n \n (GOOGL) market value is right around $2 trillion. Still giant but further behind are Amazon\n \n (AMZN), which has a market cap of $1.7 trillion, and Elon Musk’s Tesla\n \n (TSLA), worth $1 trillion.