10 fun facts that you might not know about Apple

10 fun facts that you might not know about Apple

Today is the big day that Apple will [allegedly, anyway] unveil its latest addition to its smartphone range: the iPhone 5S. However, we are also expecting to catch a glimpse of a budget device, the iPhone 5C available in a variety of colours.

With the grand reveal starting in the US at 10am, we hope to bring you the latest as it happens from 6pm (GMT).

But while you’re waiting eagerly in anticipation, here are 10 fun facts that you might not know about Apple…

1. Apple employees work on fake products until they are trusted

We all know that out of all mobile manufacturers, Apple is perhaps the most secretive. Let’s face it, today’s the day that the iPhone 5S is being revealed and we still don’t have the foggiest what it will actually offer.

So that’s why Apple allegedly tests is employees, making them work on fake products and projects until they can be trusted by the company. If any details of these fake products are leaked, Apple knows instantly who has a loose tongue!

2. The logo was purposefully turned upside down

If you watch some of your favourite ‘90s movies and TV series [Sex and the City instantly springs to mind], you will notice that the Apple logo appears to be upside down on its laptops.

This wasn’t a mistake; Steve Jobs purportedly expressed his concern that if the logo was featured upside down when the laptop’s lid was closed, users would try and open it on the wrong side.

However, years later, Apple made the decision to rotate the logo so that others, rather than the device’s user, would be able to recognise the device as an Apple product.

3. The Mac was named after a variety of apple

The original Mac was named after a real variety of Apple- the McIntosh.

However, it is rumoured that Steve Jobs wasn’t a huge fan of the name, and even tried to change it to ‘Bicycle’ when his colleague Jef Raskin, who coined the name, was out of the office!

4.On average, Apple employees in Cupertino earn just under £80,000 a year

There are approximately 16,000 employees working at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters (San Francisco). The company is also Cupertino’s biggest single employer in the area.

5. The first personal computer, the Apple I, cost $666.66 (£424)

Although this might not sound like much in today’s money (OK, grandma…) the device’s price tag is higher than the 17-inch MacBook Pro, today!

6. If the iPad was made in the US it would cost £9,550

Google-owned Motorola announced this year that its new model, the Moto X would be largely manufactured in the US, which comes as positive news, especially after hearing about Apple's contraversial factories in China.

However, if the iPad was made entirely on American soil, it would set the consumer back almost £10,000!

7. Apple’s original logo featured Sir Isaac Newton

We all recognise Apple’s logo, which couldn’t be a simpler representation of the company’s brand. All you have to do is type the word ‘Apple’ into Google Images to discover that it’s in fact the multi-million dollar company’s logo that is the first image to come up.

Not sure if the original logo would have had quite the same impact…

8. Apple manufacturered one of the first digital cameras: the Apple QuickTake.

Back in 1994, Apple manufactured one of the first ever colour digital cameras, the Apple QuickTake.

The device could capture a total of eight photos, and connected to a Mac computer using a cable.

9. Steve Jobs is buried alongside other great technologists

The infamous Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, was laid to rest in the Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto in 2011. He lies beside other great entrepreneurs including David Packard of Hewlett-Packard (HP), who in fact was responsible for giving Steve Jobs his first ever job.

10. England has a claim to Apple’s success!

​London-born Jonathan Ive, who is the current senior vice president of design at Apple, created the designs for the iMac, the iPod, and even the iPhone!

Back in 1999, he was named by MIT Technology Review as one of the world’s top 100 inventors, and was even made a sir in May 2012.


 

Written by Charlotte Kertrestel

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