On January 9th, 2007, the world of smartphones changed forever. Apple Inc. who was better known as Apple Computers Inc. before that introduced the first ever iPhone to the world. The Cupertino-based company is always in the news for all kinds of reasons. Founded on April 1, 1976, by the famous Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and not so famous Ronald Wayne, there is a lot of history behind this behemoth consumer technology company and while most of it has been public, there are certain facts which are lesser known than others. I surfed the internet to harvest some interesting facts about Apple and here are my top 10 picks.
Pippin Gaming Console
Did you know? Apple introduced its own gaming console back in 1996 by collaborating with Japanese toy and video game company ‘Bandai’. Unfortunately, the Pippin gaming console didn’t work out. It was a huge flop and Apple only sold about 42,000 units between when it was launched and when it was removed completely from the market. To compare, Nintendo sold about 350,000 units of Nintendo 64 console in just first 3 days of its launch. For a change, Apple did go through an embarrassing flop before it became what it is today.
Apple Invincible Tweets
This is an interesting one. Apple isn’t that regular on the social media platform ‘Twitter’. The company joined Twitter back in 2011 but only got active in September 2016 just before the launch of iPhone 7. But, what’s interesting here is even though Apple send out tweets on several occasions, none of them appear on their timeline. Strange! Right? So how does Apple do it? Well, through Promoted Tweets. Apple is paying to tweet without actually tweeting to the public. I know, it’s weird.
The Ronald Wayne Story
Along with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, there was a third guy who founded Apple back in 1976. Ronald Wayne was one of the co-founders of Apple but left the company 12 days after it was founded. Selling his 10% stake for just $800. Today, as we look at Apple’s financials, 10 percent in the company would translate into more than $80 billion worth of stake. Not a wise decision, Ronald. On asking why did he leave Apple so early in the day? Wayne said – “I was 40 and these kids were in their 20s. They were whirlwinds — it was like having a tiger by the tail. If I had stayed with Apple I probably would have wound up the richest man in the cemetery.”
The curious of case of Apple advertisements
Have you ever noticed? The time on the Apple products in all the official advertisement is set at 9:41 PM. Well, that is when Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone back in 2007.
Apple Logo Evolution
Even when Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ron Wayne first documented the company through a contract, Apple did have a logo. The first ever Apple logo had a picture depicting ‘Isaac Newton sitting under the Apple tree in a frame which was wrapped with a ribbon inked with ‘Apple Computer Co.’ The original logo was not at all appealing and Steve Jobs did eventually addressed the issue and changed it to the Apple logo we know today, but in a rainbow ink. The rainbow stripes were soon taken off with just plain black, white or grey colours as seen today. Apple is named Apple because Steve Jobs liked it. Jobs was on a fruitarian diet back then and he really liked the name as it sounded fun. Also, there is no concrete logic as to why there is a bite to the apple in the logo. The most obvious logic could be to not confuse the logo with other fruits.
Don’t smoke near Apple Computers
Ok, this one is rather hideous. Some customers have claimed that Apple refused to offer any warranty service because they smoked near Apple products. There is no such direct warning in the warranty statement issued by the company but you better not smoke near Apple products (especially computers) if you want to avoid any such scenarios.
Bill Gates is one of the reasons why Apple exists today
I am pretty sure you didn’t know this but Bill Gates is actually one of the reasons why Apple exists today. Why? You may ask. Going back 20 years from now, Bill Gates’s Microsoft extended an arm through a $150 million investment in Apple when it was nearing bankruptcy. As Bill Gates has always said – ‘Eliminating the competition is not the only way to win’. Thank You Billy.
Jony Ive’s T-shirt
I am not sure if you know this, but this is one of the least known facts about Apple. Here it goes – Jony Ive, Chief Design Officer of Apple is claimed to have worn the same G-Star T-shirt in each Apple product introduction video since 2000. I can confirm the colour did change in a bunch of videos but it appears that this might actually be true.
The original iPod was almost Philips iPod
Tony Fadell, the creator of iPod is believed to have first knocked the doors of Philips and Real Networks before he finally decided to show it off to Apple. Had Philips or Real Networks accepted the proposal, we might have never seen iPod. Philips Pod? Or Philips iPod? What do you think?
It would take $3M to build the original iPhone in 1991
Did you know? If you were to manufacture the original iPhone (2007) sometime in 1991, it would have cost you about $3M. Not only this, the RAM alone would damage you about $1.44M which is interesting because today in 2018, we are getting smartphones with 4GB RAM for less than $100. What we are missing here is that technology, when introduced, is expensive and gets cheaper with time. What we can’t even think of buying today might be a regular product 5 years from now.