8 Interesting Facts about Apple, Inc. – You Won’t Believe #4!
All great things start small… sometimes, even a bit bizarre and fascinating. The same is true with Apple, Inc., the revolutionary company that gave us our beloved Mac products. Before Apple became the tech giant it is today, it went through a lot of changes that I bet most of you do not know about. So, let’s trace back and explore the events that paved the way for Apple’s greatness.
1. The first Apple logo featured Isaac Newton.
So why did Apple include Newton in their first logo? To answer that, we must refer to physics.
Remember the story that an apple hit Newton on the head, causing him to stipulate about the laws of gravity? Yeah, that’s it. That’s the reason why Apple’s first logo showed Newton with an apple about to hit his head.
2. The name “Macintosh” was inspired by an apple cultivar McIntosh.
Apple employee Jef Raskin is responsible for coining the name “Macintosh”. Raskin loved eating McIntosh apples so much that he called the machine Macintosh. It was just a code name and Steve Jobs wanted to rename the project as “Bicycle” but “Macintosh” had a certain retaining power in the minds of the employees.
3. Apple put new employees on fake projects to test their trustworthiness.
Accordning to an Inside Apple article by Adam Laskinky, new Apple employees are put through fake projects to see if they can be trusted. Besides being put through rigorous tests, new hires are tasked to develop fake products during their probationary period.
4. Smoking near an Apple computer could void its warranty.
According to Consumerist, some Apple users claimed that their AppleCare warranties were voided due to secondhand smoke. Since nicotine has been cited as dangerous by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and secondhand smoke is damaging to the health, Apple employees are prevented from repairing anything that is deemed to be hazardous to their health – which includes computers that have been exposed to cigarette or tobacco smoke.
5. The “Slide to Unlock” function is patented by Apple.
Apple is the first to use the “Slide to Unlock” feature. This is why Apple sued Samsung for infringing the patent, among many other things. Motorola was sued, too, even if their device could be unlocked by tapping instead of sliding.
6. There is an iPhone in Brazil that is not related to Apple, Inc.
Apple cannot market its iPhone in Brazil. This is because a Brazilian telecommunications company IGM Electronica owns the brand Gradiente, which filed for an exclusive right for the name “iPhone” back in 2000, before Apple produced its iPhone. However, Gradiente released its iPhone only in 2007 as it took too long before the rights were granted. The Gradiente iPhone runs on the Android operating system.
7. The mystery of John Appleseed
So who is John or Johnny Appleseed, who shows up in Apple ads and other iPhone and Mac-related images?
In reference to history, Johnny Appleseed was an 18th century missionary and gardener who liked apples, too. Also, Mike Markkula, Apple’s former CEO, used John Appleseed as his pen name whenever he would write programs for the Apple II.
8. The first mass-market colored digital camera came from Apple.
In 1994, Apple released the Apple QuickTake 100, which is a colored digital camera that can take eight photographs and can be connected to a Mac through a serial cable. It cost $749, which is too steep for a camera that has less-than-one-megapixel resolution and no digital display. The QuickTake line was shut down by Steve Jobs when he returned to Apple and streamlined the brand’s products.
So there you go! Bet you didn’t know these, huh? What more uncommon facts do you know about Apple? If you want more these make sure to bookmark MacMall, follow @MacMall on Twitter and connect with MacMall on Facebook.