The Cupertino City Council unanimously approves the 2.8-million-square-foot building, and demolition on the property will begin at the end of this year.
The rivals tie for the top spot in the fourth quarter of 2014, with Apple's fortunes on the rise and Samsung's heading in the opposite direction, according to figures from researcher Strategy Analytics.
Most of Apple's record revenue came from its smartphone business, but it's tricky for any company to rely so much on one product.
CEO Tim Cook said the company shipped the device on November 22. It was a space-gray iPhone 6 Plus.
The company's revenue surged past Wall Street expectations. Now the countdown begins for the Apple Watch, shipping in April.
The company is scheduled to report its fiscal first-quarter results on Tuesday, and it's expected to post blow-out iPhone numbers.
The Korean electronics giant isn't giving up on high-end smartphones, but it needs to figure out how to fend off competition from companies producing cheaper devices.
For the holidays, Cupertino could have shouted from the rooftops. Instead, it delivers a beautifully understated homage to a girl, her grandmother and music.
The tech giant bounced back from a less-than-impressive 2013, introducing the blockbuster iPhone 6 and making its biggest-ever acquisition.
After weeks of back-and-forth argument, the judge in the now-settled iPod antitrust suit says never-before-seen footage of the late Apple CEO won't be made available to the public.