Five Things You Probably Didn't Know About Apple

On January 9, 2007, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone, which propelled Apple into becoming one of the richest companies in the world.  Here are 5 fascinating facts you may not know about Apple…

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Apple Offered The First Digital Camera To The Public Apple produced the first digital camera in color back in 1994, when existing models still used flashbulbs. It was named the Apple QuickTake 100 and was sold for around three years, from 1994 to 1997. Unfortunately, there was no preview screen, the camera only took eight pictures, and to view them, you had to plug it into your computer. Because the camera was expensive and the photo quality was poor, it never really caught on with the public.

At One Time, Apple Had More Operating Cash Than the US Treasury In 2017, Apple showed nearly $250 billion in operating cash, while the U.S. Treasury showed about $171 billion. In other words, the company was holding enough money to purchase, at the time, more than 3,000 Gulfstream G650 airplanes and even have enough for gas money. If Apple had been interested in expanding, they could have used that money to purchase Facebook, Twitter, Uber, or, well . . . pretty much anything they wanted. Maybe U.S. government should have started selling iPads.

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You Probably Will Never Work There It’s nothing personal!  Before November 14, 2009, when Apple opened the doors to its store on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, the company received 10,000 jobs applications. It turns out that Apple only hired 2 percent of those applicants (200 people). While it’s wildly different to apply to the most prestigious university in the world, for what it’s worth, Harvard’s acceptance rate was 7% that year.

Famed Astronomer Carl Sagan Sued Apple Engineers at Apple in 1994 had developed a computer code for their Power MacIntosh that they were privately calling “Carl Sagan.” Although the moniker was only used internally, Sagan was unhappy about it, saying he was not selling his endorsement. The engineers changed the name to “BHA,” which reportedly stood for “Butt-head Astronomer.” Sagan then sued for defamation but lost.

Siri Sends Your Information to Apple Siri remembers everything, or, at least, Apple does because it stores everything you say for as much as two years. The questions a consumer asks Siri are analyzed, and a number, minus an individual's name and personal information, is generated to represent each user. When the voice recordings have been held for six months, Apple removes the number but hangs onto the clip for up to a year and a half to improve Siri.