Some Darkest Secrets of Apple Starting from The BeginningJune 3, 2018
DARKEST SECRETS OF APPLE – THE BIGGEST SILLICON VALLEY GIANT
1.Apple had Three Co-founders
Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and a third who many people won’t have heard of: Ronald Wayne.
Wayne left Apple just 12 days after it was founded, and sold his 10 per cent share for just $800 plus an additional payout of $1,500. The most crushing part is that his share would now be worth more than $60 billion. Thankfully, now 80 years old, Wayne says that he has no regrets.
2.The First Apple Logo Featured Isaac Newton
Although the now-retro rainbow logo is arguably most well known, the very first logo featured Sir Isaac Newton sitting under a tree, with an apple about to hit his head. (Legend has it that he was literally hit on the head with an apple and that led to the concept of gravity.)
The Newton logo was designed by the lesser-known founder Ronald Wayne (the guy who sold his stake — that today would be worth $22 billion — to Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak for $800 – ouch!) and was only used briefly in 1976, since its high level of detail didn’t really show up that well when shrunk down and stuck on a product.
The rainbow apple, designed by Rob Janoff, replaced Sir Isaac and remained the symbol of the company for many years until the simpler monochromatic apple logo was introduced in 1998.
3.The Apple I Cost $666.66
The high prices of Apple’s current computers have recently been among critics’ biggest complaints. But historically speaking, Apple products have always boasted a higher a price tag. In fact, when you account for inflation, back in the day, the very first Apple computer would have been more expensive than the MacBook Air or even a 17-inch MacBook Pro today.
The Computer wasn’t priced at $666.66 with any Satanic connotations, but rather for more practical reasons, as Steve Wozniak once explained at a news conference:
“I was into repeating digits,” he said, and explained that the wholesale cost to stores was $500, and adding a third to get the retail price made it around $667, which Woz changed to all one repeating digit — $666.66 — “was just easier to type.”
4.Apple has twice as much cash as the US Treasury
The Giant has twice as much operating cash as the US Treasury.
Although, to be fair, Microsoft also has more cash on hand than the US Treasury. And Forbes’ Tim Worstall explains why this isn’t really the case because the government can just print more cash if it needs it. Still, it’s fun to know.
5.The legendaryonce sued Apple and….lost!
In 1994 Power MacIntosh was being developed under the code name “Carl Sagan”. Sagan was not happy with this, stating that his endorsement is not for sale. The engineers on the project changed the code name to “BHA”, which meant, according the them, “Butt-Head Astronomer”. Lawyers made them change the name, so they chose “LAW”, which meant, according to them, “Lawyers Are Wimps”. Sagan took his case to the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, but was not successful.
Some Bonus Facts
- It Produces US$300,000 per minute.
- When the first prototype of Apple’s iPod 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.
- 340,000 iPhones per day in 2012.
- Every iPhone ad displays the time as 9:41 AM, the time Steve Jobs unveiled it in 2007.
- An iPhone contains about 0.0012 ounces of gold, 0.012 ounces of silver, and 0.000012 ounces of platinum, worth $1.52, $0.24, and $0.017 respectively.
- Siri was supposed to be for Android and BlackBerry phones before Siri Inc. was bought by the giant back in April of 2010.
- Smoking near Mac’s voids the warranty.
- Apple’s co-founder sold all his shares for $800. Today, they would have been worth US$35 billion.
- The creator of the iPod first offered the idea to Philips and RealNetworks, but they failed to see its potential.
- You have a better chance of getting accepted to Harvard University than getting a job at the Apple Store.
- 60% of apps in the App Store have never been downloaded.
- If you would have bought an iPhone in 1991, part by part, it would have cost you US$3.56 million.
- If you use iTunes, you have already agreed not to use products to create nuclear weapons.(Terms & Conditions)
- They recovered 2,204 pounds of gold from broken iPhones in 2015. That’s worth about US$40 million.
- iPhone is almost twice more expensive in Brazil than in the U.S.
- Samsung makes about 30% of the A8 chips that go into Apple’s iPhone 6.
- In the first quarter of 2014, Apple earned more than Google, Facebook, and Amazon combined.
- Their headquarters’ employees earn an average of US$125,000 a year.
- They have more operating cash than the U.S. Treasury.
- iPhone has higher sales than everything Microsoft has to offer.
- iPad’s retina display is actually manufactured by Samsung.
- Everything you say to Siri is sent to Apple, analyzed and stored.
- iPhone consumes US$0.25 worth of electricity per year if it’s fully charged once a day.
- The Giant’s brand is worth US$118.9 billion making it the world’s most valuable brand.
- The battery of an Macbook could save you from a gunshot… it’s bulletproof.
- It can buy Disney or Coca-Cola and pay in cash.
- It is the world’s largest IT company by revenue and total assets, and the world’s second-largest mobile phone manufacturer.
- In 1986, They launched a clothing line.
- A rare Apple-1 computer built in Steve Jobs’ garage in the summer of 1976 was sold at an auction in 2014 for US$905,000.
- 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.
- If Apple didn’t hold US$181 billion overseas, it would owe US$59 billion in U.S. taxes.
- In Japan’s Apple Store, there was a fan who started waiting in line 7 months early for iPhone 6.
- Rounded corners on rectangular electronic devices have been patented in the U.S. by Apple.