That is ancient "news" and has very little to do with Apples' profitability today, which is primarily based on sales of iPads and iPhones. In fact Apple almost went out of business in spite of your example of government "largesse," so the best that can be said is, w/o it, Apple would likely not have survived.
You mean these ipads? [sfgate.com]
Back in June, the Department of Insurance - funded largely through fees and assessments on the insurance industry - handed out iPads costing about $1,000 apiece to 31 senior staffers.
Apparently they don't even know the retail cost of an Ipad.