It goes without saying that Apple is one of the biggest technology companies in the world. This can be attributed to the high quality and very efficient products they produce. Some of the well known products from Apple include the Mac book, Iphones, Ipods, Ipads and the Apple watch. The infamous iTunes application cannot go unnoticed all thanks to the high quality music you get to download there. Most musicians post their music direct to iTunes thus you are assured of quality music that also supports the artist. In addition, Apples founder Steve Jobs is also known to be one of the best technology masterminds in the world. However, there are 101 things you did not know about Apple, its founders or the products. You will surely be fascinated by the intriguing facts.
Facts About Apple, Its Product Or Its Founders
Most people believe that Apple was only founded by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. However, there was another founder: Ronald Wayne.
Before founding Apple, Steve Jobs used to work for Atari.
Steve Jobs and co-founder Steve Wozniak who share the same name “Steve” met when Jobs and Wozniak were 16 and 21 years old respectively.
In 2009 Steve Jobs had a liver transplant at a health facility Memphis Tennessee.
In 1976, Apple’s logo was designed with Isaac Newton seated under an Apple tree.
Rob Janoff designed Apple’s current logo.
Apple’s current logo was based on Apple’s first slogan “Byte into an Apple.”
The first mouse and track pad were introduced by Apple.
There are only nine states in the United States that do not house Apple stores. The states include: North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and Vermont.
The first computer that was built and sold by Apple sold for $666.66.
There are less than 50 original Apple 1 computers remaining and they go for around $50,000.
Apple’s official website is one of the highest ranked websites in the world as it is ranked in the top 50 most viewed websites in the world and top 30 in the United States.
Apple was started on April fool’s day.
The Apple IIe has been the best selling computer as it sold for 11 years.
Apple once came up with pippin which was a stand-alone g
Being a heavyweight in the technology world, it is expected that Apple has a large board of directors. However, Apple only has 6 board of directors making it one of the smallest in the fortune 500.
Al Gore who at one point served as United States vice president sits in Apples board of directors.
According to statistics, individuals who own an average PC spend 50 hours and year troubleshooting while a person who owns a Mac will only spend 5 hours a year troubleshooting.
When the iPhone was first released, every Apple employee received an iPhone from Steve Jobs.
As much as the iPhone was released 3 years before the iPad, Apple began working on a touch-screen tablet before they started working on the iPhone.
“Dulcimer” was the code name used to refer to the iPod.
There have been different codenames used for Macs which include: Yikes, Gonzo, Jedi, Peter Pan, Malibu and Rosebud.
The team that came up with the Macintosh hardware had their signatures engraved inside the case of the computer.
“Macintosh” was originally considered to be a codename by Steve Jobs and he wanted to change the project’s name.
For the first time since 1989, Apple’s market cap overtook Microsoft’s market cap in 2010.
At some point, Steve Jobs had tried to convince NASA to allow him ride the space shuttle.
November 10, 1997 was the day that Apple’s online store began.
Apple produced Macs can last up to 6 years while the average PC lasts 4 years.
Apple has been operating retail store business since 2001.
Steve Jobs was able to convince PepsiCo’s president to work for Apple.
Steve Jobs used the iPhone during its introduction in 2007 to order Starbucks to let go of 4,000 lattes.
2,700 unsold Lisas were disposed off in a landfill in Utah. The Lisas used to go for $10,000
In 1998, Bill Clinton used Steve Jobs mansion located at Woodside California.
Apple has over 40,000 employees around the world.
George Lucas sold Pixar to Steve Jobs for $10 million and Steve Jobs later sold it to Disney for $7.6 billion.
In the early 2000’s, Apple’s stocks used to go for $8 but in 2010 the stocks sold for $272.
One of the most photographed landmark in the world happens to be the Apple store located in fifth avenue of Manhattan. This can be attributed to its distinctive cube shape.
Steve Jobs had four children: one son and three daughters. At some point, Steve Jobs denied being the father of his first born daughter; Lisa Brennan Jobs.
The New York apartment belonging to Steve Jobs was sold to U2 lead singer; Bono.
January 2007 saw Apple stop using the name “computer” in its corporate affairs.
It is believed that Apple was founded in a garage. However, Apple was founded at a bedroom in 1161 Crest Drive located in Los Altos.
Dogcow was created by Apple in 1983 and the sound produced by the dogcow is “moof!”
Disney shares owned by Steve Jobs brought him an annual income of $48 million.
Steve Jobs did not complete his college education.
Steve Jobs was commonly seen donning a black long sleeved mock-turtle neck. Amazingly, Steve Jobs owned more than 100 of these turtle necks.
Due to poor personal hygiene and smelling bad, Steve was moved to night shift while working for Atari.
Coincidentally, Steve Jobs favorite food was the Apple thus naming his company after his favorite fruit.
Steve Jobs started an unsuccessful company called NeXT after being fired at Atari.
Steve Jobs was also known to have very large feet at size 14.
When at Apple headquarters, Steve Jobs used to park at spaces meant for the handicapped.
91 percent of PCs that have a price tag of over $1000 sold are produced by Apple.
Students and teachers who use Macs are found to have a productivity of 44 percent.
In 1982, Time Magazine wanted to name Steve Jobs “Man of the Year” and even sent a reporter to interview him. However, things took a dramatic turn and named the Macintosh as “the machine of the year”.
One of the Macintosh team members; Susan Kare once built a computer icon of Steve Jobs.
The infamous 1984 Apple commercial that involved discus thrower Anya Major throwing a sledge hammer at the screen infuriated the board of directors but they later decided to take the risk.
The very first Apple stores were opened in California and Virginia.
During high school days, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built and sold blue boxes so that they could make free calls from public telephones.
During the first Halloween costume party ever held by Apple, Steve Jobs showed up dressed like Jesus Christ.
In 1982, Bill Gates and Microsoft were made to promise that they would never come up with any business software that would use a mouse if it was not for Apple.
IBM’s logo creator Paul Rand was contacted by Steve Jobs to come up with the logo and brand identity for NeXT.
The king of Spain once purchased a NeXT computer at a party even before it was released to the market.
During summer, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak worked together at Hewlett-Packard.
The National Medal of Technology from Ronal Reagan was awarded to Steve Jobs for his outstanding work and immense contribution in the world of technology.
In 1974, Steve Jobs traveled to India to get enlightened.
The idea to use graphical user interface was borrowed from Xerox.
In the “I’m a Mac” commercial, John Hodgman who acts as the PC actually uses a Mac.
In the film “Pirates of Silicon Valley” Noah Wyle plays as Steve Jobs.
The Apple smart watch is the most expensive smart watch in the market selling at $349.
The stainless steel used in building the Apple smart watch is harder than ordinary steel. In addition, the gold used is harder than ordinary gold. This is a move bent at ensuring the watch is durable and reliable.
After Steve Jobs death in 2011, Tim Cook took over the helm of power as CEO.
iTunes is one of the biggest music downloading platforms and is also one of the biggest income generators for Apple.
The Cupertino campus which is owned by Apple was built in 1993 and contains six buildings that occupy 850,000 square feet.
During his early days, Steve Jobs had to be rushed to the emergency room since he had swallowed a bottle of anti poison.
Steve Jobs and co-founder Steve Wozniak had to take up jobs that paid $3 per hour in the Westgate Mall in San Jose where they dressed as the character “Alice in wonderland.”
Steve Jobs lived on 45th avenue located in San Francisco during his childhood days.
After the first IBM PC was introduced, Apple took out an advert in the Wall Street Journal that seemed to mock the new PC. The advert read; “Welcome, IBM seriously.’
Steve Jobs once dated Joan Baez who was a singer.
Jonathan Ive who is currently head of software and hardware created the 20th anniversary Mac as his first job at Apple.
Jonathan Ive and his Apple boss Steve Jobs shared the same middle name “Paul”.
As of now, Apple has had seven CEOs: Michael Scott, A.C Markkula, John Sculley, Michael Spindler, GilAmelio, Steve Jobs and the Current CEO Tim Cook.
The 1984 Macintosh advert was directed by Rudley Scott who also directed Alien and gladiator.
Steve Jobs was born on February 24, 1955 and October 5, 2011 saw the demise of the great Steve Jobs.
Unlike the new CEO Tom Cook who is sales oriented, Steve Jobs was product oriented. This explains why Apple was able to overcome opposition from rivals Microsoft.
Just like Jobs who never completed his college education, Apples marketing senior vice president Phillip Schiller began his PHD in English but also called it quits.
The time displayed on pictures of devices found in Apple’s website is the same. This time is coordinated with when the CEOs keynote address is made. During Steve Jobs era, time for iOS devices was 9:41 am while that of Macs used to be 10:50 am.
Disney character Scrooge McDuck was the first image to ever be displayed on a Macintosh.
In 1984, a war themed advert named “1944” was created where Steve Jobs starred as President Roosevelt. The advert had a setting where Macs started a war with IBM computers.
Steve Jobs and Laurene Powell tied the knot in a colorful ceremony held at the Ahwanhee hotel which is located in Yosemite national park. This occasion took place on March 18, 1991.
Before Jonathan Ive came to Apple, he used to work at a company called Tangerine.
Steve Jobs is a Buddhist and his father Abdul fattahJandal was a Muslim from Syria.
Since 2000, Jonathan Ive has worn a similar shirt during every Apple product introduction video.
The renowned Forbes magazine declared Apple as the most valuable brand in the world. This saw them beat their fierce competitors Microsoft by nearly double.
Being the world’s most valuable company, this technology giant is estimated to be valued over $700 billion.
Steve Jobs was one of the most followed individuals on twitter.
Bloomberg accidentally printed a 2,500 word obituary of Steven Jobs in 2008. In the obituary, they had left out blank spaces for his age and had also not stated the cause of death.
Steve Jobs is also dyslexic.
Steve Jobs and his wife Laureen were strictly vegetarians.
At some point, Steve Jobs once said that he used to let snakes loose in his third grade and also “exploded bombs”.
Since Tim Cook took over mantle as CEO, Apple has seen a great improvement in terms of profits. It is estimated that investors now make more than they previously did. This is proof that Apple is headed the right way.
Since the demise of Steve Jobs, Apple has continued to spread its wings in the technology world. Most recently, Apple acquired the prestigious beats by Dre headphones thus dominating the headsets sector.
Apple is expected to come up with their own TV station named iTV. This will surely be a major breakthrough that will give other TV outlets a run for their money.
Rarely will you find a blue chip company offering its rich historical background. As much as Apple is famous for making strides in the world of technology, there are still some fascinating facts that are proof that Apple is also a fascinating and mysterious world.