1. The Apple Logo
Apple’s Logo is one of the well-known in the world. However, the first logo of the company was quite different. Steve chose the name while Ronald Wayne designed the logo – Isaac Newton sitting under an apple tree. It is a clear allusion to the famous legend about the gravity discovery.
But the logo was used only in 1976 and later it was replaced by a rainbow apple designed by Rob Janoff. The colored apple was used as a logo till 1998 when it was replaced by a monochrome version.
2. Bad bargain
Ronald Wayne, one of the co-founders of Apple, sold its share to Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak only for $800. Today it could be worth more than $25 billion.
3. The Initial Capital
When Apple Company was just a project, the founders needed to raise some initial capital. And Steve Jobs had to sell his Volkswagen while Wozniak had to say goodbye to his HP scientific calculator which cost $500. Today it might seem strange that a calculator can cost so much, but it was 1976 and it was one of the most technologically advanced gadgets, “the smallest programmable computer ever” as HP-65 as called at that time.
4. The Apple I Cost
Apple’s gadgets have always been of high quality and of high price. Even the first Apple computer cost $666.66. And taking into account the inflation, the price is higher than the current 17-inch MacBook Pro has today.
Despite the “dark” meaning of the price, the reason why it was chosen is very practical – Steve Wozniak set that price because it was easier to type one digit.
5. Digital camera, mouse, trackpad
Yes, it was Apple that developed the very first color digital camera in the USA. The QuickTake 100 was able to shoot about 8 photos and it has a cable connection to the Mac computer.
The cost was high ($749), the quality of the photos was less than excellent (about 1 MP) and there was no digital display, still it was a technological progress. But in 1997 Steve “streamlined” the line.
Besides, it was Apple that introduced a mouse and a trackpad to the world community.
6. Hidden Game
The very first iPod had one secret – an Easter egg game – that became available after the push of the button combination.
7. The First iPhone prototype
Apple spent about $150 million to make the prototype of the first iPhone. Lots of experts called the idea insane, but it has changed the mobile world.
8. The iPhone Nickname
Despite all the fears, iPhone was accepted by public warmly and passionately. Even Apple didn’t expect to get such a reaction. Mass media called it to be a “Jesus phone”.
9. The iPhone Name
The iPhone’s name was firstly patented by Cisco, a tech company. And to get it, Apple had to go through a serious fight.
Lots of companies are trying to take a piece of Apple’s fame by naming their companies in a similar way, for example by choosing some fruit name or i-prefix.
What are facts about Apple do you know?