Many of us are using apple products in daily life, right? But there are some amazing facts about the Apple that we may not be aware of! Do you know about the first-ever iPhone? or how its logo was invented? Is Siri dangerous for your privacy?
Just read the article and get all the answers and more amazing facts. Let’s get started.
10 amazing facts about Apple
Fact No. 1:
Apple Computer was established in 1976 by Ronald Wayne, Steve Wozniak, and Steve Jobs. After only two weeks, Wayne left the company and sold his 10% stock just for $800 at that time. If he’d kept that 10% to this day, it would be worth over $60 billion!
A few months after Wayne left, Apple released the Apple 1. Steve Wozniak developed and designed both the hardware and the operating system. In fact, the Apple 1 was the first time in history that a character displayed on a TV screen was generated by a home computer. Only a year later, Wozniak developed the Apple II. The first PC with color. In 1984, Apple launched the first Macintosh.
In 1985 something interesting happened. A power struggle developed between Steve Jobs and then CEO John Sculley. As a result of this, Apple’s board of directors removed Jobs from his management duties which in turn lead to his resignation from the company the same year.
After Jobs left, Apple would struggle financially for many years to come. Meanwhile, Jobs founded a new company called NeXT. NeXT released a couple of PCs but most importantly developed software like NeXTStep and OpenStep that would, later on, serve as the building blocks for Mac OS X. Because of NeXT’s continued growth and Apple’s continued financial failures, Apple purchased NeXT in 1996. And Steve Jobs returned to Apple, as part of the agreement.
Once he was back at Apple, he began restructuring the company’s product line and products like the iMac G3, Mac OS X, iTunes, and most importantly the iPod were all released. The iPod was a major success, which in turn lead to the company changing its name from Apple Computer, Inc. to simply Apple Inc.
In 2007, Apple released its first-ever iPhone (shown in below image) and has since become the most valuable brand in the world.
Fact No. 2:
Did you ever wonder why almost every advertisement and all promotional material for Apple’s products have the time set to 9:41 AM? This is because, on the 9th of January, 2007 at 9:41 AM Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone to the public.
Fact No. 3:
Nowadays it’s easy to take things for granted. Especially technology. We use things every day without even really thinking about it. For example, when was the last time you thought about the origin of rounded rectangles?
In 1981, Bill Atkinson, one of the Apple employees came up with a new algorithm to draw ovals and circles on the Macintosh. But Steve Jobs wasn’t impressed, he wanted something more. He wanted rectangles with rounded corners. Bill said it would be almost impossible and impractical, but Jobs insisted. So the very next day, Bill came up with a new algorithm that could draw rectangles with rounded corners just as fast as regular rectangles. He simply called them Roundrects. But even though Apple wasn’t the first to use this sort of primitive, they are certainly responsible for its use more or less in every user interface ever since.
Fact No. 4:
Apple fans can be a little extreme sometimes. Don’t get me wrong, I like that sweet taste of a good Apple every now and then but I mean, there’s a lot of other fruit out there.
A Japanese blogger named Yoppi so badly wanted to have the first iPhone 6 that he started waiting outside an Apple store 7 months before the iPhone 6 was expected to be released. I wrote expected because, at the time, the iPhone 6 hadn’t even been announced yet. But he gave up quickly and did not actually sit there for the entire 7 months.
Fact No. 5:
Have you ever read through an entire end-user license agreement of any software or anything similar? Now, don’t say “Yes”! I know, no one does! There’s nothing in this world we agree to faster than this wall of text!
But if you were to read the EULA for iTunes, which I absolutely did not do. At the very end, you’ll find this clause. “You also agree that you will not use these products for any purposes prohibited by United States law, including, without limitation, the development, design, manufacture or production of… nuclear, missiles, or chemical or biological weapons.” Ehm… I’m not entirely sure how that goes along with iTunes! But, yeah. It’s there! In case, you know.. if you want to spend the weekend creating biological weapons with your friends and stuff, you know… Like that kind of stuff. It happens. We’ve all been there! Just kidding!!
Fact No. 6:
When Apple first started releasing laptops, the logo on the back was always up sided down (Vertically reversed from how it’s placed now). It was found that when a laptop had the logo, facing away from the user when closed (like it’s nowadays) people would attempt to open the laptop from the wrong side. But somewhere along the line, they realized that most people aren’t actually that dumb so the logo was reversed.
Fact No. 7:
With the release of the AppStore in 2008, mobile gaming has become a reasonably huge hit, to mention the least. Still, if you are a gamer, Apple products usually are not your first choice. No offense to any apple fans reading this but it’s quite uncommon to see the Apple logo on new game releases.
However, there was a time when Apple made a video game console. It was called the Apple Pippin and was released in 1995 in Japan and the US. It was supposed to compete with Sega Saturn, Sony PlayStation, and Nintendo 64. There was only one slight problem, it failed miserably. It had a price tag of $599 and only sold around 42,000 copies. But here the biggest issue was that the US version had only 18 games!
Fact No. 8:
There are a lot of rumors about the logo of Apple and why the company is named Apple. For example, a popular misconception is that the logo is a representation of the forbidden fruit mentioned in the bible. The truth, however, is far more unexceptional.
Both Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak has said that they chose the name Apple randomly because of its simplicity and as they couldn’t come up with a better name. At the time, personal computers were not that common so they wanted a name that was easy to understand and not intimidating to the average person. One of the reasons to choose the logo is simplicity.
At the very beginning though, they really used a logo featuring Newton sitting under an apple tree (as shown in the image). But this was changed because it would be unrecognizable in small print. When they changed the logo to the current design (which we see today), they considered using a logo with or without the bite, but in the end, the logo with the bite was finalized to make smaller versions indistinguishable from a cherry.
Fact No. 9:
Siri record everything that you say to it, send it to Apple, analyze it, and then store it for two years! And don’t act surprised, it’s all there in that wall of text you absolutely read before clicking accept, right? I mean you did that, right? No, but seriously, in this day and age, when privacy is becoming more and more a thing of the past, it’s sadly not that much of a surprise anymore. So next time you talk to your phone, know that it’s someone’s job to sit and listen to everything you say.
Fact No. 10:
In 1987, Apple released a series of videos with the title “Knowledge Navigator”. Take a quick look below and listen carefully between 2:40 to 3:00.
It’s a pretty amazing coincidence that exactly 20 years later Apple would unveil the iPhone with more or less the same touch technology shown in the video. But that’s not the main purpose to watch this video.
Let’s look at it again. It’s quite hard to see but the calendar in the video says September 16th. Then he asks the personal assistant for a research paper from 5 years ago. Which turns out to be from 2006. That means the video is set to take place in September 2011 (just their assumption!).
Now here’s the thing. Siri, Apple’s actual personal assistant was released in October 2011. Only a month after the date they predicted.
I hope you knew something new today, if so, don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Sharing is caring. And also let me know in the comment that which one of these amazing facts made you think harder?