In the 1970s Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak offered a 1/3 stake in Apple for $50,000 to Nolan Bushnell, their former boss and founder of Atari. He said no, but later spent $500,000 on the rights to the Pizza Time Theater chain. He said “It’s kind of fun to think about, when I’m not crying.”
Steve Jobs first business was selling blue boxes (designed by Steve Wozniak), that allowed users to get free phone service illegally.
In 2002, Fujitsu made a device called the “iPad,” and Apple had to pay over $4 million to Fujitsu to buy the trademark rights. A Brazilian electronics company is legally allowed to call their phone ‘iPhone’ because they trademarked the word in 2000, 7 years prior to Apple’s iPhone. The phone runs on Android.
Back in May 2016, in order to show the absurdities of software EULAs, the Norwegian Consumer Council did a live, word-by-word, non-stop reading of all of Apples and 3rd party EULAs on an “average” iPhone. It took them over 32 hours.
A programmer at Apple kept working for three months after his project was canceled, simply because he thought the work was interesting and wanted to finish. Apple employees helped his cause by sneaking him into the building, and the project (a graphing calculator) was successfully released.
The Apple I went on sale in July 1976 at a price of US$666.66, because Wozniak “liked repeating digits” and because of a one-third markup on the $500 wholesale price. Wozniak, who called himself “atheist or agnostic”, stated that he was unaware of any Satanic connotations with the number.
Select Mac computers from 1992-96 were sold with free, live technical support via a dedicated telephone number “for as long as you own your Apple product.” The company attempted to end the service, but was ordered to keep it due to a class-action lawsuit. The number still works (1-800-SOS-APPL).
When Steve Jobs refused to give early Apple employees stock, Steve Wozniak offered them $10 million worth of his
Ronald Wayne was a third co-founder of Apple, along with Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs. In 1976, he sold his 10% share of the company for $800. Today, his 10% would be worth of 35 billion dollars.
There used to be fake Apple stores in China, even the staff were convinced they were working for Apple.