Here is the list of best Apple facts about the company, and founder.
20 Fun Facts About Apple:
- The name ‘Apple’ came from founder Steve Jobs’ like of the fruit. Mystery surrounded the reason for the name Apple, but in truth, it was just the fruit that Jobs’ liked and named the company after that.
- Apple originally had three co-founders. The third co-founder, a man named Ronald Wayne, had joined co-founders, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak but he left the company only 12 days after it was founded. He sold his 10% share for only $800 and got an additional payout of $1,500. Had Wayne stayed with the company, his shares would be worth today around $60 billion!
5 Random Apple Facts:
- Apple has a ‘no smoking’ ban regarding their computers. As ridiculous as it sounds, but if you smoke while using an Apple computer, you void the warranty – you’ve been warned!
- Apple employs more people than a good-sized city. Apple employs over 90,000 people. However, millions more make money from Apple and that ranges from sales affiliates to mom and pop shops around the world.
- With the first Apple iPod, an Easter Egg was implanted. The way to get the Easter Egg is to go to the ‘About’ menu and hold down the center button for just a few seconds. Users could then see and play a game called Breakout. The game had previously been developed by Apple co-founders Wozniak and Jobs when they worked at Atari.
- Apple is so successful, it has twice the amount of money than the U.S. Treasury.
- Apple scored big time with the iPod. The creator, Tony Fadell had originally offered the device to both Real Networks and Philips. Both companies turned it down.
- In 1983, Apple launched its Lisa line of computers. It failed. Word is that around 2,700 of the devices are buried in a landfill in Utah.
- Apple is so successful, that in the first quarter of 2014, it made more money than Amazon, Google, and Facebook combined.
- Apple has around $150 billion in excess capital. It could buy companies like Netflix, Twitter, Tesla, and Facebook.
- It was no evil Satanic reason the Apple I sold for $666.66. Steve Wozniak saw that the price was $667.00 and liked repeated numbers so he changed it to $666.66.
- Apple’s first company logo featured a drawing of the father of physics, Sir Isaac Newton.
- To raise capital for Apple, co-founder Steve Wozniak had to sell his scientific calculator.
- Apple was the first to make a digital color camera.
- The name iPod was inspired by the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- At present, Apple is the largest publicly traded company in the United States.
- Apple’s cash on hand, around $155 billion, could give everyone in the US, $490.00!
- If Apple was a country, it would be the world’s 27th largest country, between Venezuela and Belgium.
- By 2011, the Apple iPhone accounted for 40% of the company’s annual revenue. It’s estimated that over three-quarters of Apple’s income is from products that were invented within the past 10 years.
- Even with an estimated net worth of $7 billion, for the last 15 years with the company, CEO Steve Jobs was only paid $1 so he could qualify for the company’s health benefits. (Source: The Fact Site)
Surprising-to-Bizarre Apple Facts:
- In early 2015, Apple became the first-ever $700 billion company. More recently, Apple overtook Google as the most valuable brand in the world.
- You might think of them only as fierce competitors, but Apple and Samsung have a different sort of relationship. Samsung actually manufactures the retina display on the Apple iPad and a portion of the memory chips used in the iPhone 6 (though Apple has cut back on its reliance on Samsung).
- In June 2014, a seven-for-one stock split took the trading price of Apple from approximately $645 to $94.
- One of the original Apple computers sold for more than $387,000 in 2013.
- Apple’s initial public offering was made on December 12, 1980. The company sold 4.6 million shares at a cost of $22 per share.
- Apple used the capital from its initial public offering for the development of the Macintosh and Lisa.
- The iPhone was almost named something else, with the company considering names such as Mobi, Telepod, and Tripod. The name “iPad” was also considered for its smartphone.
- China is currently Apple’s second-biggest market, trailing only the United States. Revenue in China grew to nearly $17 billion in the second quarter of 2015.
- Despite the fact that he was the founder of the company, Steve Jobs was fired from Apple in 1985 at the tender age of 30.
- Apple cracked into the Fortune 500 in 1983, a spot it has held onto ever since.
- Apple is pretty secretive. The company is said to have created fake projects for employees and management to work on. If the news leaks, you can hit the road. They’ll know exactly who spilled the beans.
- It cost $666.66 to build the first Apple computer. Despite the many conspiracy theories, it has not been proven that anybody at Apple worshipped the devil during production.
- Fake Apple retail stores have been opened (and shut down) in many parts of China. In Kunming, for example, these stores appeared so authentic that even employees were duped.
- Apple CEO Tim Cook earned $9 million in 2014. A large number, for sure, but not when you consider that Apple is the most valuable company in the world.
- The original Apple logo was designed by co-founder Ronald Wayne, who worked at Atari along with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, and is nothing like the one the company uses today.
- At one point, Apple did not have the option to market its iPhone in Brazil, as another company owned the trademark. IGM Electronics, a telecommunications company, was the thorn in Apple’s side until the iPhone maker won a trademark case in the country.
- Ronald Wayne, the forgotten Apple co-founder, sold his shares in the company in 1977 for $800. While he only owned 10 percent of the company at the time, in today’s world this would be worth tens of billions of dollars. He has noted that he does not regret this decision.
- Apple finished 2014 with $178 billion in marketable securities and cash. Even so, CEO Tim Cook is persistent in saying the company doesn’t want a cash hoard.
- The revenue generated by Apple is more than the GDP of many countries, including Ecuador, Libya, and Iraq (among hundreds of others).
- Apple’s profit for every iPhone 6 Plus sold is approximately $85 more than its smaller counterpart.
- In 2005, there were 116 Apple retail stores scattered throughout the world, with the largest number in the United States. This total reached 317 by 2010 and 437 by 2014. The number of Apple stores has increased each year since 2005. Want to go work at one? Good luck–you have a better chance of getting into Harvard! (Source: INC)
Apple Facts By News Day:
- According to Forbes, Apple is the world’s most valuable brand, estimated at $170 billion in May 2017, more than 50 percent more than second-place Google, and nearly double that of Microsoft, twice that of Facebook and more than triple that of Coca-Cola, Amazon, and Disney.
- Apple is also the world’s most profitable company, according to Forbes, with an estimated $45.2 billion in profits in the 2017 World’s Top Companies list, $3 billion ahead of the second-place company, China’s ICBC. Apple also had nearly double the profit of the list’s second-place American company, JPMorgan Chase.
- Apple’s second offering was the Apple II, which debuted in 1977. The new machine offered color graphics and cassette-tape based storage, and unlike the Apple, I came with its own case. It initially sold for $1,300 and became Apple’s first big market hit, selling 6 million in the next 16 years until production on the model was halted in 1993.
- The first “Mac” — then known as the Macintosh, named after one of Apple’s developers’ favorite types of fruit — was introduced in January 1984. It offered users a graphical user interface and a mouse. The marketing was aided by the “1984” commercial that aired during Super Bowl XVIII in 1984, and the computer sold for $2,495.
- Apple announced the Apple Watch in September 2014 and the first models went on sale in April 2015, at the cost starting at $349.
- In July 2016, Apple announced it had sold 1 billion iPhones in the 9 years since its launch in 2007, and the device is the company’s biggest-selling product of all time. By comparison, it took 8 years for McDonald’s to sell a billion hamburgers from its start in 1955 to 1963.
- In 2017, Apple started to move employees into new headquarters at Apple Park, a mile from the company’s current headquarters. The facility, which features a futuristic ring-shaped building and the Steve Jobs Theater, will be the workplace for 12,000 employees.
- In August 2016, the European Union claimed Apple owed nearly $15 billion in back taxes — plus interest — due to illegal tax breaks from EU member Ireland. The company, which has operated in Cork, Ireland, since 1980, is appealing the decision.
- The company opened its first Apple Store in New York in SoHo in 2002. The Fifth Avenue store opened four years later in 2006 to double the city’s total, and now seven operate in Manhattan alone — the latest being the World Trade Center location that opened in August 2016 — with an additional two in Brooklyn, and one each in Queens and Staten Island.
Some Random Apple Facts:
- Apple’s first logo was Newton’s picture. Not only this Apple’s one product name was also Newton. Before the iPhone’s arrival, Apple used to sing the same quality of the product. But as soon as the iPhone came, Jobs ended the relationship between Apple and Newton.
- The Apple company had faced a recession in its early stages. Apple got some order for the APPLE-I product in 1976 but did not have money to complete this order. Steve Jobs and Wojeniac started to sell their products to complete the deal. Where Jobs had sold his favorite Volkswagen van.
- The iPod’s creator first gave the suggestion to Philips and RealNetNetworks companies but failed to see their potential.
- If you use iTunes, you have already agreed to not use Apple’s products to make nuclear weapons.
- The iPod’s creator first gave the suggestion to Philips and RealNetNetworks companies but failed to see their potential. (Source: Fast N Fact)