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12 Little-Known Facts about Apple

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Jeanh, Apr 14, 2016.

  1. 12 Little-Known Facts about Apple


    There are two apples – only two which matter, in any case. One is the infamous forbidden fruit which Adam took from Eve, thereby heralding man’s mythic fall from grace. The other – which is the subject of this article here, is the American multinational technology company, renowned for its cutting-edge and pricey consumer electronics, software, and online services. Here are some little known facts about the company behind products like the iPod, iPhone, iPad, the Mac range of personal computers as well as the Apple Watch smartwatch. Apple also developed the OS X and iOS operating systems, the iTunes media player, the Safari web browser, and the iLife and iWork creativity and productivity suites as well as the iTunes Store, the iOS App Store and Mac App Store, and iCloud.



    1.Everything You Say to Siri is Sent to Apple, Analyzed and Stored
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    Careful what you say. If you don’t any sensitive information, personal details or private secrets exposed, then don’t tell them to Siri. Siri refers to Apple’s Speech Interpretation and Recognition Interface computer program which functions as an intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator and was introduced in 2010. It features a natural language user interface to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions by delegating requests to a set of Web services. The programme features several accent and gender combinations for the voice of Siri.



    2. Apple Has More Cash on Hand Than the US Treasury
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    As the world’s leading technological giant, it can come as no surprise that Apple is the world’s largest information technology company by revenue, as well as by total assets. As of November 2014, in addition to being the largest publicly traded international corporation, Apple also became the first American company to be valued at over US$700 billion. The US Treasury’s annual budget of US$14 billion pales in comparison.



    3. The iPhone Was Almost Named Something Else
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    Looking back at them now, the iPod, iPhone, iPad, iMac, iTunes brands all fit in seamlessly together making for a trendy, catchy, integrated brand image. However, way back during the early iPod development days Apple was considering names such as Mobi, Telepod, and Tripod. First released on October 23, 2001, Apple has sold over 350 million iPods worldwide. Interestingly, Apple was originally conserving the name “iPad” for its smartphone, prior to conceiving the iPad tablet.



    4. Apple Was Founded as a Partnership on April Fool’s Day in 1976
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    Founded in on April 1st, 1976 by late and iconic Steve Jobs, together with Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne, Apple has proved itself to be far from an April Fool’s joke. The company was originally established so as to sell the Apple I personal computer kits which were designed and hand-built by Wozniak himself. The Apple I was sold as a motherboard (with CPU, RAM, and basic textual-video chips), which was less than what is now considered a complete personal computer.



    5. Six States Do Not Have Apple Stores: Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming
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    Apple has around 500 retail stores in 17 countries worldwide and online stores available in 39 countries. Stores are designed in line with the specific regional customers, legal and regulatory requirements. Apple has received numerous architectural awards for its store designs, particularly for its Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan. Around 70% of Apple’s employee in the US work at Apple Stores, where they make above average pay for retail employees and offered several benefits including college subsidies, gym memberships, retirement and healthcare plans, as well as employee discounts.



    6. Project Confidentiality Is a Big Thing at Apple
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    Apple likes keeping its staff on the innovative cutting edge. Employee loyalty and honesty are important corporate criteria. Which is why Apple regularly creates fake projects for both new as well as senior employees to work on. If any details about the ‘phantom’ project leaks the big wigs at Apple Inc can easily trace the source of the leak, resulting in the employee being fired immediately. Apple has long-established itself as a trailblazer in the technology field and therefore keeping new projects under wraps is taken very, very seriously, as it is a critical factor in the corporation’s innovation strategy. This is why they cannot afford to trust just anyone.

    7. That Famous 1984 Apple Ad
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    The 60-second landmark Apple advertisement from 1984 was directed by Ridley Scott (of “Aliens” and “Gladiator” fame) and featured IBM as the “Big Brother”, alluding to George Orwell’s acclaimed novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. The TV commercial served as a teaser to introduce the Apple Macintosh personal computer. It starred English athlete Anya Major as the unnamed heroine and David Graham as Big Brother. Interestingly Major, who was experienced in discus throwing, obtained won the role due to her ability to convincingly wield and throw a large sledgehammer, disrupting Big Brother’s mind-numbing broadcast.



    8. Apple’s First iPod Had a Secret Game
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    Apple’s first iPod digital music player was introduced on October 23, 2001. What very few people know is that the original iPod had the game Brick (originally invented by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak) included an easter egg hidden feature. Owners of this now-vintage model can go to the “About” menu and hold down the center button for around 3 seconds and to access the Breakout (Pong) game which can also be played as they listen to music on their device.



    9. Isaac Newton Was Featured in the Original Apple Logo
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    The brand image most widely recognizable for Apple is their black bitten-apple shadow logo. Between 1977 and 1998 the logo featured colourful horizontal rainbow stripes. However, before that (between 1976 and 1977) the original Apple logo featured Isaac Newton sitting under an apple tree with an apple about to hit his head – just prior to his reflections on gravity. The Newton-Apple logo was created by the lesser known founder of Apple, Ronald Wayne, who sold his shares of the company to the other two partners for $800. Those shares would now be worth a cool $22 billion!



    10. The Name “Macintosh” Was Inspired by an Actual Apple
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    Apple employee JefRaskin is accredited with naming the machine after his favorite variety of apple, namely the Macintosh. Legend has it that Macintosh was originally only a code name for Apple’s personal computer. Apparently Steve Jobs wanted to rename the project “Bicycle” however it was the name Macintosh which stuck and which went down in the annals of techno-history.



    11. Apple Invented the “DogCow”
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    The Dogcow (seriously), also known as Clarus the Dogcow (yes, we’re still being serious here!), is a bitmapped image of a dog-shaped cow. Or cow-shaped dog – as you prefer. The image was

    introduced by Apple in 1983 as part of the Cairo font (the glyph for the letter ‘z’), which was created by Susan Kare. A modified version of the uncanny image was chosen for the Mac OS Page Setup print dialog box, and was famously became the dogcow. Like any good working dog, the dogcow had a specific role – that is, to to show the orientation and color of the paper in Mac OS page setup dialog boxes.



    12. The Very First Apple Computer Ever Built Cost $666.66
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    To those of us who are more practical, factual and mathematically-minded 666 is just a number which sequentially follows 665 and precedes 667. However, in popular culture this is an ominous number which is generally associated with evil and the devil. In fact, 666 is called the “number of the beast” in the Book of Revelation, of the New Testament. It is also the cost of the first Apple computer, derived from adding 33% to the wholesale price of $500.
     
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