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…
There Were Actually Three Founders of the Company It’s common knowledge that Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built the first computer for Apple in a garage, but a third partner named Ronald Wayne had worked with Steve Jobs at Atari and helped to begin the company that eventually became Apple. Not only did he help develop the computer, he wrote its manual and even came up with Apple’s first logo. When he realized that if Apple didn’t work out, his own assets would be at risk, he decided to bail. He sold his share of the company to the Steves for $800. After the sale, Wayne had a lackluster career in electronics and now sells stamps and coins in a Nevada trailer park.
The Name "Apple" Was Chosen for Several Reasons Steve Jobs had one practical reason for naming the Apple computer and one whimsical reason. The first was because he wanted the company to be listed in front of Atari in the telephone book. The second was because he thought the name Apple for a computer was playful, and he was a fruitarian at the time.
Apple's First Computer Had a Satanic Connection The retail price of Apple’s first computer, the apple-1, was $666.66. When asked why he came up with that price, Woz (who claims to have had no idea that it had Biblical overtones) claimed that it was because he wanted a one-third markup over the wholesale price. But that would have made the price $666.67, it was pointed out to him. Woz then replied that straight sixes is easier to type, and that he has an affinity for repeating numbers. Woz being Woz, the questions stopped there.
The First Apple Logo Had a Picture of Isaac Newton Isaac Newton, of course, was a mathematician and physicist who, legend has it, came up with the idea of the existence of gravity as he watched an apple fall from a tree. For the original logo for the company, Ronald Wayne, the co-founder of the company who bailed out early, depicted Newton seated underneath the apple tree where he made one of his most famous discoveries. One of Apple’s first computers that could be held in one hand also referenced the physicist when it was named the Apple Newton.
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.