It was nearly a Philips iPod. The creator of the iPod, Tony Fadell, offered the device to Philips and Real Networks first. They both turned it down, claiming they couldn't really see a future in it. Then it went to Apple and the rest is history.
Apple phone adverts show a set-time of 9:41
If you look at the iPhone photographs in Apple adverts the time is always set to 9:41. This is the time Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone reads a Quora post.
Who’s behind the voice of Siri
Susan Bennett, an American voice-over artist is behind the voice of Siri. Though Apple has not acknowledged or confirmed the use of Bennett as Siri, audio-forensics experts hired by CNN expressed 100 % certainty that Bennett is the voice of Siri , which was first introduced on the iPhone 4S on October 4, 2011.
In June 2005, software company ScanSoft was looking for someone to be the voice for a database project involving speech construction. ScanSoft inquired with GM Voices and selected Bennett, who happened to be present when the scheduled voice-over artist was absent. She worked in a home recording booth for the entire month of July 2005, more than four hours each day, reading phrases and sentences. The recordings were then concatenated into the various words, sentences, and paragraphs used in the Siri voice
There was a third founder
Who founded Apple Inc? The obvious answers-Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Well, not! There was infact a third founder. Ronald Wayne, according to Quora, was the third founder of Apple and left the company just 12 days after it was founded. He sold his 10% stakein Apple for USD 800 and an additional payout of USD 1500 to forfeit any claims against the new company. Had he stayed on with the company, his share would have amounted to USD 60 Billion or more. However, 80 year old Wayne says he is happy and doesn’t regret having left Apple. Wayne had drawn the first Apple logo, wrote the three men's original partnership agreement, and wrote the Apple I manual.
Tim Cook has approximately 92,600 people working for him. And the number is growing rapidly: Apple has doubled in size in the last four years, and only had 14,000 employees before the launch of the iPhone.
Initial employees work on fake projects
Unless and until Apple finds employees to be trustworthy, they won’t allow anyone to work on real projects. According to Gizmodo, a senior engineer, who is probably well qualified for doing a solid job, has to do work that will never come close to existing because Apple doesn't trust people. And yes, secrecy has helped build the allure of the company.
Apple has so much spare cash (around $150 billion), it could buy Facebook. Alternatively, it could buy Netflix, Tesla, Twitter, Dropbox, Pandora and Spotify. Yes, all of them. It won't, of course. Instead, Apple has kicked off a stock buyback program.
The Macintosh project was begun in 1979 by Jef Raskin, an Apple employee who envisioned an easy-to-use, low-cost computer for the average consumer. He wanted to name the computer after his favorite type of apple, the McIntosh, but the spelling was changed to "Macintosh" for legal reasons as the original was the same spelling as that used by McIntosh Laboratory, Inc., the audio equipment manufacturer. Steve Jobs requested that McIntosh Laboratory give Apple a release for the name with its changed spelling so that Apple could use it, but the request was denied, forcing Apple to eventually buy the rights to use the name.
You might have got a watch from Jobs
Jobs used to wear a USD 1000 Porsche watch and used to gift it to anyone who appreciated its design. Just a few minutes later, he would have a new piece of the same watch on his wrist again.
Smoking near Apple computers invalidates your warranty
No matter whether you have an Apple care warranty, smoking near an Apple computer will result in getting your warranty void. Many smokers who took a computer for repairing have reported in various forums that they have refused to open it. Citing health reasons from second hand smoke of the Apple repair staff, no repairing is entertained. Apple believes nicotine comes under OSHA’s list of hazardous substances and Apple employees aren’t supposed to handle so.
iPhone was a top secret and codenamed M68
The iPhone Project was one of the top most secret projects from Apple, as per a Quora post. They say, that the software guys didn't get to see the hardware and the hardware guys didn't get to see the software till it was unveiled. Also, the iPhone was codenamed “M68”. The employees working on this project were secretly trained to attend the meetings quietly and there used to be codewords for employees to talk about it. They also had to keep an eye out if someone questioned, “What’s M68?”
Ready carpenters at Apple offices
At Apple you can easily guess whether a team is working on something new. A team of carpenters moves into the office and builds walls around their desk. Walls are quickly erected with security doors and transparent windows are frosted. The employee carries on as before in a secure enclosure.