Top 10 Fascinating Facts About Apple You Didn’t Know

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8. The First iPod Had A Secret Easter Egg

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Apple’s first iPod came with a little secret, an Easter egg,  in the form of a game that could be accessed if you knew the right combination of buttons to press.

How to find the game is described in Nick Triano’s early 2002 Geek.com review of the iPod (memorable quote: “I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that it will change the way you listen to music”). “Go to the ‘About’ menu, hold down the center button for about three seconds, and you’ll get a Breakout (Pong) game to play while you listen.”

Breakout, the hidden game itself, is notable in Apple’s history as it was a product that both Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak worked on together at Atari.

7. The Name “iPod” Was Inspired By 2001: A Space Odyssey

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Clever copywriter Vinnie Chieco is credited with coming up with the iPod name as part of a team assembled by Jobs to create a consumer-friendly moniker for the new device.

The story goes that Jobs had already decided the MP3 player’s tag-line was to be “1,000 songs in your pocket,” which left naming options wide open since it wouldn’t have to explicitly refer something music related.

“As soon as I saw the white iPod, I thought 2001,” Chieco told Wired in 2006. “Open the pod bay door, Hal! Then it was just a matter of adding the ‘i’ prefix, as in ‘iMac.’”

Of course, Hal has another place in Apple history, in the sinister Y2K warning ad that Apple aired to advertise the fact that Macs would not implode with the whole 2000 switchover, unlike those pesky PCs people insisted on using.


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    Proof that Mac has always been stealing and making overpriced crap :)

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    i think for a limitad time only they should sell all there old apple software from the very beginning. then they would be getting alot of money

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  6. Like if you knew at least half of these! (I knew 7)

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