Top 10 Less Known Facts About Apple
Today, we know Apple as the world's greatest tech company. But Apple too, as a company, has had its fair share of ups and downs, and has made interesting history. Here are 10 facts about Apple that not many people know of.
1. Apple Has Three Founders
Apple Inc. was actually started by three people. While two of them are well known, the third person is known by fewer people, his name is Ronald Wayne. He was born on May 17, 1934. He provided administrative oversight and documentation for the company, and was the person to illustrate the first Apple logo.
Due to his earlier experiences with his slot machine business, which had him indebted, he was not willing to take risks with Apple. A few days later he sold his 10% share of the company to Jobs and Wozniak for US$ 800, and about a year later he accepted $1500 to forfeit any potential claims against Apple in the future.
2. Apple Was Started With A Calculator
While Steve Jobs sold his Volkswagen van to raise some money for starting Apple, Steve Wozniak sold his HP 65 scientific calculator. Now, this might not seem like a fair deal, but scientific calculators at that time were much more expensive than they are today. While the van generated $750, the calculator was able to bring in $500.
3. Apple Started A Clothing Line In 1986
Over the years we have seen that Apple's brilliant sense of product design, with its stunningly minimal looking products and its sense of what people want next, has developed an enormous following for Apple. But even Apple hasn't done everything right.
In 1986, a year after Steve Jobs left his position as the chairman of the company, Apple started a clothing line named as "The Apple Collection". Under this brand, Apple developed clothing accessories ranging from shirts and pants to watches and sunglasses. This actually did not turn out very well, you would understand when you check out the collection.
4. Steve Jobs Invented The Computer Mouse By Stealing It From Xerox
It is quite commonly believed that the computer mouse was invented by Steve Jobs. But this is not true, Steve Jobs took the concept from Xerox. When he visited Xerox's Palo Alto research centre in the 1970s, he was amazed to see a new three buttoned computer mouse.
Upon realizing that it would be the perfect interface device for his Apple computers, he took the concept to Dean Hovey, an industrial designer, who removed two of the buttons, improving the concept for Jobs and also reducing the cost from $300 to $15. This is how Jobs made the design more practical and affordable for consumers.
5. In 1997 Apple Was Saved By Microsoft
In the year 1997, Apple was about to go bankrupt. Jobs had just become the CEO of Apple, he made some serious moves to save the company, one of them was to make a deal with Bill Gates. Apple and Microsoft are companies founded around the same time, though one was more focused on making computers and the other, on software, they still had a rivalry. Apple had filed a copyright infringement suit against Microsoft.
When Jobs called Bill Gates, he talked about leaving behind the competitive approach to their existence in the business and rather have a supportive attitude towards each other. After that Microsoft agreed to invest $150 million in Apple stocks, both the companies agreed to settle their court matters, Microsoft Office was made available for Macintosh, and Internet Explorer was made the default browser on the mac, with no restrictions on other browsers.
6. Apple Has More Cash In Hand Than The US Treasury
Being the world's greatest tech company, Apple has got to have some perks for itself. It has more cash in hand than the US government does.
But if we really look at it, the government has a virtually unlimited amount of cash, they are the ones who print it, they can always get more for themselves. But until they don't, we are going to say Apple has more. In 2015, Apple had almost twice as much cash as the US government.
7. If You Use iTunes, You Have Already Agreed To Not Use It To Create Nuclear Weapons
There is a clause in Apple end user license agreement, which says that you have agreed to not use the shiny music app for the development, design, manufacture or production of nuclear, chemical or biological weapons.
Now you would think, who in the world would use iTunes for such a purpose or how in the world could it even be used in that way. I would say that Apple just maybe likes to fill all the gaps.
8. You Have A Better Chance Of Getting Accepted At Harvard Than Getting A Job At An Apple Store
Apple once had an acceptance rate of 2% for an Apple store, in the same year the acceptance rate at Harvard was 7%. Now, it can't be a direct comparison, as the conditions for acceptance for a retail job and for acceptance at a university are very different.
It is still a fun comparison though. There is a quite significant difference between the acceptance rates. Now you know that it is not so hard getting accepted at Harvard, that you have a better chance at it than you have at being employed at an Apple store.
9. Smoking Near Apple Computers Voids The Warranty
Though there is no direct statement in Apple's warranty clause which says that cigarette smoke voids the warranty, there have been a number of cases where Apple has refused repairs to computers damaged by cigarette residue.
It is not the smoke that is the reason behind it, Apple clarifies that it is actually the nicotine residue and nicotine is on OSHA's list of hazardous substances, therefore they cannot make a repair employee work on a computer contaminated with it. You've got one more reason to not smoke now, if you use an Apple computer.
10. Siri Will Flip A Coin For You If you Can't Make A Decision
Sometimes, it is just hard to make small decisions and you might not even have a coin to toss. But if you have Siri, you aren't yet completely out of luck. Siri can always help you decide which ice cream you should get, you just have to summon Siri and say, "flip a coin" and it will flip a coin for you. Of course, it won't be as good as an actual coin, with which you come to know what you actually want when it's in the air, but it's going to be random enough.
Siri can also help you when you want to play a dice game but you somehow don't have the dice, mind you, it's not that difficult to lose those small cubes. You just have to summon Siri and say, "roll dice" and it will do it for you.
Top 10 Less Known Facts About Apple, originally posted on Dtechsavvy.
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