17 Interesting Things You Didn’t Know About Apple

WARNING: Do NOT smoke near your MacBook.

1. Apple iPad’s retina display is actually manufactured by Samsung.


2. Some fake Apple stores in China are so realistic, even employees are convinced.

Many of China’s notorious counterfeit Apple stores are obvious fakes, but one store in Kunming employed workers who had no idea they weren’t really working for the Cupertino corporation.

3. Smoking near Apple computers voids the warranty.

Be careful with your cigarette: Apple has refused to repair the computers of consumers that were found to have tar residue from cigs, declaring it a “biohazard” to its employees.

4. Apple sold 411,000 iPhones per day in 2013.


5. Apple owns the patent for the “slide to unlock” feature.

Apple is currently suing Samsung, claiming patent infringement, over this. A judge has already overturned Apple’s patent claims to “slide to unlock” in Germany.

6. The iPod’s code name was Dulcimer. The iPhone’s was “M68.”

(More here.)

7. Apple once had more operating cash in the bank than the U.S. Treasury.

In 2011, Apple Inc. boasted cash reserves of $75.88 billion, while Washington had an operating balance of $73.77 billion.

8. Jonathan Ive has worn the same T-shirt in every Apple product intro video since 2000.

They come in lovely dad-shades of earth tones and they’re made by a company called G-Star.

9. The original Apple 1 computer sold for $666.66.

Steve Wozniak claims he chose the price not for any, uh, religious significance, but because “it was just an easier way to type.”

10. Employees at Apple headquarters in Cupertino earn an average of US $125,000 a year.

$$$$! Apple employees in the Cupertino area earned a total of $2 billion in 2012.

11. The very first image shown on the Macintosh was of Disney character Scrooge McDuck.

“An image of Scrooge McDuck sitting on top of a huge pile of money bags, blithely playing his fiddle, with a big grin on his beak,” to be exact.

12. Steve Jobs eliminated all corporate charity programs in 1997.

Getty / Justin Sullivan

Shortly before Jobs passed away, New York Times writer Andrew Ross Sorkin called attention to the fact that there was “no public record of Mr. Jobs giving money to charity,” though Sorkin acknowledged Jobs may have donated anonymously over the years. U2 singer Bono fought back in a letter to the editor, praising Jobs’ work with Project RED.

13. Everything you say to Siri is sent to Apple, analyzed, and stored for up to two years.

So maybe ease up on the swearing, mmmkay?

14. Apple’s iPhone has higher sales than everything Microsoft has to offer.

“In the quarter ended March 31, 2012, iPhone had sales of $22.7 billion; Microsoft Corporation, $17.4 billion.”

15. Carl Sagan sued Apple for defamation, but lost.

In 1994, Apple engineers developed a Power MacIntosh computer code named “Carl Sagan.” The name was only used internally, but Sagan was unhappy, 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.” Sagan took his case to the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, but was not successful.

16. Apple’s original logo featured Isaac Newton:

17. Steve Wozniak sold 80,000 of his own Apple shares for cheap prices to employees who otherwise wouldn’t have gotten any after the IPO.

From Robert X. Cringely’s Accidental Empires: “In many ways, Woz was … Apple’s conscience. When the company was up and running, and it became evident that some early employees had been treated more fairly than others in the distribution of stock, it was Wozniak who played the peacemaker, selling cheaply 80,000 of his own Apple shares to employees who felt cheated and even to those who just wanted to make money at Woz’s expense.”

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