Inside Apple: 36 Intriguing Insights Into the Tech Behemoth

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1Apple child laborer

Apple child laborer

If you are a child laborer for Apple or any of its suppliers, and you are found out, your education is paid along with wages while studying and a guaranteed job at the end of your education.


2. Most of Steve Jobs' wealth was from his shares in Disney, not Apple.


3. When the first iPod prototype was shown to Steve Jobs, he dropped it in an aquarium and used the air bubbles to prove there was empty space and it could be made smaller.


4. In 2001, the price of the original iPod was $399, so expensive that people said iPod stood for "idiot's Price Our Devices."


5. When Steve Jobs was dying and in need of a liver transplant from someone with the same, rare blood type, Tim Cook got his blood tested, found out he was a match and offered part of his liver. Steve refused.


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6Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak

When Apple was going public and assigning shares, Steve Jobs cut out several employees. Steve Wozniak then gave some of his personal shares to them, because he believed it was the right thing to do.


7. When Apple began designating employee numbers, Steve Jobs was offended that Wozniak received #1 while he got #2. He believed he should be second to no one, so he took #0 instead.


8. Steve Jobs frequented a restaurant in San Jose and often met its owner Abdul Fattah Jandali, who unknowingly to Jobs was his biological father.


9. Steve Jobs "eliminated all corporate philanthropy programs" at Apple when he became CEO and declined to join Bill Gates' "Giving Pledge."


10. The Apple logo has a bite taken out of it simply so that it would not be mistaken for a cherry.


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11Computer donation

Computer donation

Steve Jobs tried to donate a computer for every school in America. When the government did not collaborate he did it to the 10,000 schools in California.


12. Apple is granted “Slide-to-Unlock” patent. Also in a case against Motorola, Apple argued that “a tap is a zero-length swipe.”


13. Back in the day of the first iPods, the shuffle algorithm was overcomplicated so the audience complained about some songs being repeated more than others so Steve Jobs made an adjustment and simply said "we're making it less random to make it feel more random."


14. Steve Jobs in 2000 offered Linus Torvalds to come work for Mac OS to make “Unix for the biggest user base”. Not only this, Jobs even tried to persuade Linus to drop working on Linux.


15. Steve Jobs gave John Lennon's 9-year-old son a Macintosh computer on his birthday. Sean Lennon instinctively knew how to draw with the mouse while Andy Warhol didn't get it and tried waving it like a baton.


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16Google

Google

One day Steve Jobs called Google to tell them the yellow gradient in the second "O" wasn't quite right.


17. Apple left a known iTunes vulnerability unpatched for 3 years. It was used by governments against dissidents and to snoop on users.


18. An iPhone has about 75 elements in it i.e., two-thirds of the periodic table.


19. The trademark for iOS does not belong to Apple but is instead licensed from Cisco, who owns the trademark.


20. Apple made retailers buy iMacs in "five-packs, one in each color," so that Apple wouldn't get stuck with the unpopular colors.


21MacBook Air

MacBook Air

When the first MacBook Air was launched in 2008, Apple offered an option to upgrade to a 64GB SSD, for an additional $1,000.


22. Every Apple Macintosh from 1984 to the early 90s had Steve Jobs's and his team's signatures engraved on the inside of the case.


23. The first design of the iPhone was made back as far as 1983, which looks more like the iPad, but with an actual phone attached.


24. The Macintosh was named after the apple type McIntosh. "A" was added to avoid legal trouble with McIntosh Laboratory.


25. Apple's iconic "1984" Macintosh commercial aired on TV only twice, first in the middle of the night in Twin Falls, Idaho and then nationally during Super Bowl XVIII. Yet the ad generated so much free publicity that within 6 weeks, Macintosh sales reached $3.5 million.

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