Tim Cook made 3 main announcements to Apple enthusiasts today:
1. They will be coming out with two new models: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
2. They would begin mobile payments (Apple Pay service).
3. They would release the first smart watch.
Apple’s announcement today received mix reviews, which actually caused the Apple’s stock to drop.
(For info on purchasing an iPhone 6 on the Apple site, click here.)
Since everyone is talking about Apple today, I thought I’d share some interesting facts about Apple’s history:
- In 1971, when Steve Wozniak was attending Homestead High School, his friend Bill Fernandez introduced him to Steve Jobs.
- They became friends when Jobs worked for the summer at Hewlett-Packard, where Wozniak was working too.
- In 1976, Steve Wozniak developed the computer that eventually made Apple famous. He is the one who designed the hardware, circuit board designs, and operating system for the Apple I.
- How did the come up with the name? According to Wozniak, Jobs suggested the name after visiting an “apple orchard” that Wozniak said was actually a commune.
- Wozniak and Jobs presented the computer to members of the Palo Alto-based Homebrew Computer Club, which was a local group of electronics hobbyists interested in computing that they were a part of. The group loved the Apple 1!
- In January 2007 they announced the iPhone. It was Apple’s first entry into the cellular phone marketplace. (The first iPhones were actually released the following June.)
- Steve Jobs described it as “a wide-screen iPod with hand controls… a revolutionary mobile phone… a breakthrough Internet communications device.”
- It was the first Apple-branded consumer device to run on OS X.
- The game-changing feature of the iPhone was that it was based around a touch-based user interface with just a single button and was controlled using a variety of one or two-finger gestures.
- It also is the device that launched the idea of “Apps” for phones.
- The original iPhone was had some surprising limits that you might have forgotten: it was exclusive to AT&T, it had no GPS, and it didn’t have a removable, user-replaceable battery.
- The original iPhone debuted at $499 for the 4GB and $599 for the 8GB model – on-contract.
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