14 Must-known Facts about Apple
I think everybody knows Apple even Android users. It is one of the largest companies in the world, one of the most recognized brands of our time, and some of the companies products revolutionized whole industries. In 2019, Apple was the most valuable brand followed by Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Coca-Cola.
It’s no surprise that Apple has many fun facts to offer we want to share with you. Did you know that Apple once also launched a clothing line?
1. The Apple I computer went on sale in July 1976 at a price of 666.66 US-Dollar because Steve Wozniak “liked repeating digits” and because of a one-third markup on the $500 wholesale price.
2. During his time as CEO of Apple from 1997 to 2011, Steve Jobs only received a fixed salary of one US-Dollar per year.
When Jobs returned to Apple as CEO in 1997 after a twelve-year absence, the company was really struggling. Taking a $1 salary was a way of showing how much he cared about the company he'd co-founded two decades earlier in his parents' garage. He preferred to take the million dollars he could have earned as salary and put it back into the company, investing in its future.
3. Every iPhone ad from Apple displays the time 9:41 AM. The explanation was simple: That's the time in the morning that Steve Jobs announced the very first iPhone in 2007.
That time used to be 9:42. But that all changed in 2010 when the very first iPad was released. When that was revealed, it displayed a different time: 9:41. So for the iPad, they decided to go with 9:41.
4. Steve Jobs dropped the first iPod prototype into an aquarium to prove that there was still empty space in it, and it could be made smaller.
When engineers working on the very first iPod completed the prototype, they presented their work to Steve Jobs for his approval. Jobs played with the device, scrutinized it, weighed it in his hands, and promptly rejected it. It was too big.
The engineers explained that they had to reinvent inventing to create the iPod and that it was simply impossible to make it any smaller. Jobs was quiet for a moment. Finally, he stood, walked over to an aquarium, and dropped the iPod in the tank. After it touched the bottom, bubbles floated to the top.
“Those are air bubbles,” he snapped. “That means there’s space in there. Make it smaller.”
5. According to estimates, the iPhone is the most profitable product in the world. About 50 percent of the selling price is Apple’s profit.
6. In 1986, one year after Steve Jobs resigned as chairman following a power struggle with John Sculley, the company attempted to see just how far their fans would follow them with the launch of The Apple Collection, a line of Apple-branded clothing. The collection not only included accessories and lifestyle items such as shirts, pants, and sunglasses but also other things like a watch, a chair, or even a sailboard.
With these things, Apple encouraged its customers to show their support of the company in the most public way possible. However, this step of Apple ended up with no success.
7. An iPad with apps installed weighs more than an iPad without apps installed.
8. Steve Jobs once accused Bill Gates of stealing from Apple. Gates, therefore, replied “Well, Steve, I think there’s more than one way of looking at it. I think it’s more like we both had this rich neighbor named Xerox and I broke into his house to steal the TV set and found out that you had already stolen it.”
9. “Steve Jobs” is the name of an Italian fashion label. The company behind the brand was founded in 2012 by two brothers after they had realized that Apple had never secured the rights to the name “Steve Jobs”.
|Susan Bennett, the original American female voice for Siri. Photograph: Susan Bennett|
10. Jeff Goldblum was offered to be the voice of Siri by Steve Jobs.
Speaking on the Today Show in Australia recently, Goldblum revealed that Apple's late co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs once offered him the opportunity to do some voiceover work. "Steve Jobs called me up a few decades ago to be the voice of Apple," Goldblum said, according to CNET. "That was early on, and I did not know it was Steve Jobs."
Sadly, the collaboration never came to pass. A Georgia-based voiceover actress named Susan Bennett went on to become the first voice of Siri.
11. If you could power an iPhone with gasoline, one drop would be enough to use the smartphone for a whole day.
12.The “Microsoft Office” products were initially developed exclusively for Apple computers.
13. The Apple iTunes End User License Agreement (EULA) contains a paragraph that prohibits the use of iTunes to create nuclear missiles.
14. In 1991, the production costs for an iPhone (2014 generation) would have been 3.56 million US-Dollar.
The history of Apple
Our Apple history feature includes information about The foundation of Apple and the years that followed, we look at How Jobs met Woz and Why Apple was named Apple. The Apple I and The debut of the Apple II. Apple's visit to Xerox, and the one-button mouse. The story of The Lisa versus the Macintosh. Apple's '1984' advert, directed by Ridley Scott. The Macintosh and the DTP revolution.
We go on to examine what happened between Jobs and Sculley, leading to Jobs departure from Apple, and what happened during The wilderness years: when Steve Jobs wasn't at Apple, including Apple's decline and IBM and Microsoft's rise and how Apple teamed up with IBM and Motorola and eventually Microsoft. And finally, The return of Jobs to Apple.
The foundation of Apple
The history of everyone's favourite start-up is a tech fairytale of one garage, three friends and very humble beginnings. But we're getting ahead of ourselves…
The two Steves - Jobs and Wozniak - may have been Apple's most visible founders, but were it not for their friend Ronald Wayne there might be no iPhone, iPad or iMac today. Jobs convinced him to take 10% of the company stock and act as an arbiter should he and Woz come to blows, but Wayne backed out 12 days later, selling for just $500 a holding that would have been worth $72bn 40 years later.
How Jobs met Woz
Jobs and Woz (that's Steve Wozniak) were introduced in 1971 by a mutual friend, Bill Fernandez, who went on to become one of Apple's earliest employees. The two Steves got along thanks to their shared love of technology and pranks.
Jobs and Wozniak joined forces, initially coming up with pranks such as rigging up a painting of a hand showing the middle-finger to be displayed during a graduaction ceremony at Jobs' school, and a call to the Vatican that nearly got them access to the Pope.
The two friends were also using their technology know-how to build 'blue boxes' that made it possible to make long distance phone calls for free.
Jobs and Wozniak worked together on the Atari arcade game Breakout while Jobs was working at Atari and Wozniak was working at HP - Jobs had roped Woz into helping him reduce the number of logic chips required. Jobs managed to get a good bonus for the work on Breakout, of which he gave a small amount to Woz, according to MacWorld.
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