August 26, 2007

Steve jobs hacks phones

The latest news around the net is the iPhone hack that allows you to take the sim-locked iPhone off of AT&T and use it freely on any GSM network – making the must-have device more accessible.   This is a boon to people (like us) abroad who love the iPhone but don’t want to pay AT&T’s exorbitant roaming extortion fees. Apple hasn’t taken an official stance on this issue perhaps because of a little bit of history. Maybe you’ve seen the picture to the right on Steve Wozniak’s official website:

Yep.  That is Steve Jobs on the left, but the most startling thing in this picture (besides Woz’s ‘do) is that young Jobs is playing with a piece of contralband called the “Blue Box.”  What is a Blue Box?  From Wikipedia:


An early phreaking tool, the blue box is an electronic device that simulates a telephone operator‘s
dialing console. It functions by replicating the tones used to switch long-distance calls and using them to route the user’s own call, bypassing the normal switching mechanism. The most typical use of a blue box was to place free telephone calls – inversely, the Black Box enabled one to receive calls which were free to the caller. The blue box no longer works in most western nations, as modern switching systems are now digital and no longer use the in-band signaling which the blue box emulates. Instead, signaling occurs on an out-of-band channel which cannot be accessed from the line the caller is using (called Common Channel Interoffice Signaling (CCIS))….

Some of the more famous pranksters were Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, founders of Apple Computer. On one occasion Wozniak dialed Vatican City and identified himself as Henry Kissinger (imitating Kissinger’s German accent) and asked to speak to the Pope (who was sleeping at the time).1].

We love the Steves, but it is well documented that the Apple founders got their start by hacking AT&T (from 1971-1975 AT&T was still a monopoly – just like it will be in 2010).  

Therefore, it is going to be extremely difficult for Apple to take the moral high ground on the current controversy surrounding the young entrepreneurs who are hacking the iPhone.  AT&T has already started hitting back at the companies that offer to untether the iPhone from the wannabe monopoly.  

Hey AT&T, why not put those attorney fees into better service for your customers and lower prices for your roamers? That would be a better way of keeping customers, in our opinion.

Update: It turns out that the duo not only built the illegal boxes but assembled them and SOLD them on Cal Berkley’s campus for around $150. This profit was some of the money that was used to start Apple!!

In 1971 Steve ‘Woz’ Wozniak designed a device called the ‘Blue Box’. It allowed — of course illegal — phone calls free of charge by faking the signals used by the phone companies. His friend Steve Jobs instantly realized that there must be a huge market for something that useful. He bought the parts for $40, Woz built the boxes and Jobs sold them to his fellow students at the University of California in Berkeley for $150. To demonstrate the ‘product’ to some students, Woz once posed as Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and called the Vatican. Allegedly he played his role so well that they told him the pope was sleeping but if he requested they would awake him. Woz got nervous and hung up.

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The Wozniak/Jobs blue boxes were perfected and the business partnership between Jobs and Wozniak was born with Jobs working with Wozniak to sell the blue-boxes. They had some success and decided to begin working on a personal computer. Jobs sold his Volkswagen, Wozniak sold his HP scientific calculator, together raising $1,300 to fund their startup – the rest is history.

Halliday, David. 1983. “Steve Paul Jobs”. Current Biography 5 (February): 204-207.

February 22

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On the day of the annual Academy Awards ceremony, Apple has begun airing a new iPad Air advertisement highlighting how the tablet is used in the filmmaking industry. The new video advertisement is narrated with excerpts from notable movie director Martin Scorsese’s 2014 commencement speech at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. The video, embedded below, is accompanied by a website highlighting specific stories of the iPad being used to make movies. These video stories were actually filmed and edited on iPads. The new website also discusses key video planning, filming, and editing applications for the iPad such as Final Draft, Garageband (but not the consumer-focused iMovie), and VideoGrade. This film-focused advertisement follows a music-oriented one that aired on the day of the Grammy Awards.

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December 23, 2014

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Update: Sony has now announced that “The Interview” will be available on YouTube, Google Play, and Xbox Video today, December 24th, at 1PM Eastern. The film will cost $14.99 to own or $5.99 to rent. Google Play Movies & TV is available for iOS on the App Store.

The New York Times reported earlier today that Sony Pictures had approached Apple about the possibility of streaming the upcoming film “The Interview,” which features actors James Franco and Seth Rogen (who will also appear in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic) as a US talk show host and producer tasked by the CIA with assassinating North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.

Earlier this month, hackers with ties to North Korea breached Sony’s system, stole terabytes of data, and threatened physical attacks against theaters that showed the movie. Most national theater chains backed out of the premiere and Sony decided to scrub the entire affair.

The studio immediately began searching for an on-demand service that would host the movie online, including iTunes. According to the Times:

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September 9, 2014

Seth Weintraub | 11:58 ..and we’re done I think. Go read all of the posts on 9to5mac.com

Seth Weintraub | 11:58 Running U2 ad looks like 10 year old iPod ads

Seth Weintraub | 11:57 9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 2.56.28 PM

Seth Weintraub | 11:46 U2 is going on. They are putting their album on the iPhone 6

Seth Weintraub | 11:46 9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 2.45.05 PM

Seth Weintraub | 11:45 Now talking Music

Talking about iTunes 

Seth Weintraub | 11:44 Wrap up

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Seth Weintraub | 11:43 Apple Watch will be available in early 2015 starting at $349

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Seth Weintraub | 11:41 magsafe induction charging

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Seth Weintraub | 11:40 3 different editions. Works with iPhone 5/c/s or iPhone 6

Seth Weintraub | 11:40 Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, AppleWatch Edition

Seth Weintraub | 11:40 can control Apple TV, walkie talkie, 

Seth Weintraub | 11:38 9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 2.37.25 PM

Seth Weintraub | 11:36 Jay Blahnick talking about all of the fitness features

Seth Weintraub | 11:34 Fitness App monitors activity

Workout App allows you to set specific goals

Seth Weintraub | 11:34 Talking Fitness now

Seth Weintraub | 11:32 Pinteresting and city Mapper. BMW Charge level 

Seth Weintraub | 11:32 American Airline 1 tap, Starwood Hotels (creating a key).

Seth Weintraub | 11:31 Twitter and Facebook are making apps as Mark reported

Seth Weintraub | 11:31 3rd party apps for iWatch. 

Notifications from apps.

Watchkit for Glances and notifications

Seth Weintraub | 11:29 This tap communication this is going to change the world.

Seth Weintraub | 11:27 Interesting maps interface on Apple Watch

Seth Weintraub | 11:26 Lots of updates since iPod Nano :P

Seth Weintraub | 11:25 I’m really like the polish of these watch apps and glances

Seth Weintraub | 11:21 Glances is interface for Watch for little bits of info

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Seth Weintraub | 11:18 Kevin Lynch (former Adobe Exec) is demoing Apple Watch

Seth Weintraub | 11:17 9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 2.16.08 PM

Seth Weintraub | 11:16 Real Gold

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Seth Weintraub | 11:14 2 size Apple Watches

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Seth Weintraub | 11:14 Magnetic leather and lots of other watch options

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Seth Weintraub | 11:12 lots of watch faces and personalization options

Seth Weintraub | 11:11 Magsafe induction charger

Seth Weintraub | 11:11 4 sensors in the back

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Amazing

Seth Weintraub | 11:08 Share heartbeat with other people

Seth Weintraub | 11:08 Ive narrating. Whole different UI

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Seth Weintraub | 11:06 Jony Ive narrating Apple Watch Story

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Seth Weintraub | 11:04 MultiTouch allows people to interact with technology

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Seth Weintraub | 11:01 Apple Watch is the most personal device Apple has ever created. 

Seth Weintraub | 11:00 Apple Watch

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Seth Weintraub | 10:57 Oh damn

tim Cook Dropped it

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Seth Weintraub | 10:56 9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 1.55.45 PM

Apple Pay: October in US

Seth Weintraub | 10:55 Integrated into Target Appor Groupon or Uber 

Seth Weintraub | 10:54 9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 1.54.06 PM

Seth Weintraub | 10:54 Lot of locations will take Apple Pay

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Seth Weintraub | 10:53 Apple Pay

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Seth Weintraub | 10:51 Apple doesn’t know what you buy

Seth Weintraub | 10:51 No need to cancel Credit cards if iPhone gets lost

Seth Weintraub | 10:51 Device only – no iCloud syncing

Seth Weintraub | 10:50 Use iSight Camera to add new card. Add to passbook

Seth Weintraub | 10:49 Passbook will be the wallet

Seth Weintraub | 10:49 NFC Radio in 6 and 6Plus with touch ID.

Seth Weintraub | 10:48 Apple demonstrates NFC payment/ Brings up Eddie Cue

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Seth Weintraub | 10:47 Apple loves these types of problem. This is what Apple does best

Apple Pay

Seth Weintraub | 10:46 Apple talking security non-ironically

Seth Weintraub | 10:46 Credit card/magnetic stripe interface

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Seth Weintraub | 10:44 Wallet!

Seth Weintraub | 10:43 Bigger than Bigger

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Seth Weintraub | 10:42 Tim Cook back up: How it makes you feel!

Seth Weintraub | 10:42 That’s all for iPhone 6/+

Seth Weintraub | 10:41 Prices:

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Seth Weintraub | 10:40 New Silicone Cases and LEather cases including Product Red

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Seth Weintraub | 10:39 New Gyroscope in camera

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Seth Weintraub | 10:36 9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 1.35.56 PM

Seth Weintraub | 10:35 Ugh

Seth Weintraub | 10:34 Schiller: iPhone has become the world’s most popular video recorder. 9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 1.34.15 PM

Seth Weintraub | 10:32 Boom

Seth Weintraub | 10:31

iPhone 6 has an 8MP iSight camera, 1.5µ pixels, ƒ/2.2 aperture. And an all-new sensor.

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Seth Weintraub | 10:30 Sounds like Fast Autofocus, Tone mapping, noise reduction, 

Seth Weintraub | 10:29 Focus Pixels Camera

Seth Weintraub | 10:29 New Cameras!

Seth Weintraub | 10:28 802.11AC and Wifi calling and VoLTE9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 1.27.49 PM 9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 1.27.31 PM

Apple Invents calling over Wifi

Seth Weintraub | 10:26 it measures elevation (Barometer)

Seth Weintraub | 10:26 THE NEW M8 CAN TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CYCLING AND RUNNING

Seth Weintraub | 10:25 BATTERY FTW

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Seth Weintraub | 10:24 Double Touch moves whole screen down for reachability”

Seth Weintraub | 10:22 Apps/Websites not updated to new iPhones “just work”

Seth Weintraub | 10:22 9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 1.21.30 PM

Seth Weintraub | 10:21 Boom!

Seth Weintraub | 10:21 9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 1.20.26 PM

FAST. YIIIISSSSSS

Seth Weintraub | 10:19 9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 1.18.46 PMseems fast?

Seth Weintraub | 10:18 2B Transistors on a 20nm process. 13% smaller than A7

Seth Weintraub | 10:18 25% faster CPU

Seth Weintraub | 10:17 Developers can customize apps for the larger screen

Seth Weintraub | 10:16 “easy to use one-handed

Seth Weintraub | 10:16 Sleep/Wake is pushed to right side (all as expected)

Seth Weintraub | 10:16 Sideswipe gestures for new phones

Seth Weintraub | 10:15 9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 1.14.34 PM 9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 1.14.13 PM 9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 1.14.05 PM6 plus has new horizontal display

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Seth Weintraub | 10:12 1080P display in Plus

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Seth Weintraub | 10:11 Pshiller:

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Seth Weintraub | 10:09 iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus

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Seth Weintraub | 10:08 9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 1.07.46 PM

Seth Weintraub | 10:07

“Today, we are launching the biggest advancement in the history of iPhone.”

Seth Weintraub | 10:07 more importantly, #1 loved phone in the world

Seth Weintraub | 10:07 #1 smartphone in the world

Seth Weintraub | 10:06 Starting with iPhone

Seth Weintraub | 10:06 (Last Apple event at Flint Center was iMac launch in the late 90s

Seth Weintraub | 10:06 Hello again says Tim cook with a Bondi Blue iMac in the background

Seth Weintraub | 10:04 This video stream is a mess for me (Safari)

Seth Weintraub | 10:04 9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 1.03.40 PM

Seth Weintraub | 10:02 (unless you’ve got the Truck)

Seth Weintraub | 10:01 It is showtime!

Seth Weintraub | 9:53 Might just be Electric President

Seth Weintraub | 9:51 10 minutes!

Seth Weintraub | 9:50 This music isn’t great unless that CD is skipping

Seth Weintraub | 9:48 9to5-image 2014-09-09 at 12.47.30 PM

Seth Weintraub | 9:46 Video is now live!

Seth Weintraub | 9:44 In the house

Seth Weintraub | 9:43 T Minus 20

Seth Weintraub | 9:39 Not going to lie. Not sure who this is

Seth Weintraub | 9:37 Apple making your typo famous? Priceless

Seth Weintraub | 9:30 Dis is nuts

Seth Weintraub | 9:26 BTW Windows users, we’ve got you covered for the live stream

Seth Weintraub | 9:19 Fashion

Seth Weintraub | 9:10 No doubt? V

Mark Gurman | 9:08 Dre will be there

Seth Weintraub | 9:06 Are those presenter clothes for the fitness expert?

Seth Weintraub | 9:04

Are you getting it?—
Seth Weintraub (@llsethj) September 09, 2014

Mark Gurman | 9:02 Health.

Mark Gurman | 8:59 Maybe they’ll be time lapsing the covers coming off of the major structure 

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Seth Weintraub | 8:59 Help

Seth Weintraub | 8:52 Sage advice:

Mark Gurman | 8:42 Craig on scene

Mark Gurman | 8:40 Apple’s doing their own blog 

LOL

Seth Weintraub | 8:34 He needs coffee? 

Seth Weintraub | 8:27 wat. Apple is liveblogging themselves? Yisssssss. I can go back to sleep

Mark Gurman | 8:19 Nice scoop

Mark Gurman | 8:18 Who invited this guy?

Mark Gurman | 8:18 Some TMI from Engadget:

Mark Gurman | 8:17 Steve Kovach sharing some great photos of the breakfast scene. 

Seth Weintraub | 8:15 We’re now 2 hours from liftoff

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It’s September 9th, and you know what that means: Apple’s biggest event in several years is happening today. We’re expecting Apple CEO Tim Cook and his team of executives to discuss two new and larger iPhone models, a mobile payments system, and of course, a fashion/health/fitness-centric wearable device. We’ll be following along and providing articles with the latest news throughout the day. This News Hub will embed the latest action from the ground at the Flint Center in Cupertino and provide an easy access view of the latest news articles. You can also follow us on Twitter at @9to5Mac for quick updates as they break, and all our updates below:

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November 12, 2013

With permission from Apple, The Computer History Museum and the Digibarn Computer Museum announced today it is publishing the original DOS source code for Apple’s 1978 Apple II. The Apple II was the first fully assembled computer with a monitor that Apple sold following the Apple I and originally retailed for $1298 for the base model with just 4K of memory.

A blog post from The History Computer Museum explains that Apple contracted Paul Laughton of Shepardson Microsystems to write the Disk Operating System for the Apple II in just seven weeks. In April of 78, Steve Jobs and Shepardson signed a contract (pictured below) that would see Apple pay $13,000 for a file manager, a BASIC interface, and utilities. The source code being released today is scans of original documents that Laughton kept over the last 30+ years: expand full story

October 14, 2013

August 17, 2013

JOBS

I’ll admit, when I first heard that Ashton Kutcher would be the star of a movie about Steve Jobs, I was less than thrilled. How could someone from That 70’s Show ever accurately portray one of the most influential figures in technology of all time? These negative thoughts in mind, I was pleasantly surprised with ‘Jobs’, which opened nationwide yesterday.

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August 16, 2013

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Update: Steve Wozniak provided some of his thoughts on the film to Gizmodo after seeing ‘JOBS’ last night.

With the new Steve ‘Jobs’ biopic starring Ashton Kutcher set to hit theaters nationwide today, Slashdot just posted an interview with two former Apple employees who gave their take on some of the inaccuracies in the film and what it was really like working at Apple in the early days. There has been a bit of controversy surrounding the film with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak expressing that a lot of scenes in the movie never happened and Ashton Kutcher firing back in a recent interview claiming Wozniak is being paid by another company to support their Steve Jobs film. Daniel Kottke and Bill Fernandez, two early Apple employees that worked with Woz and Jobs in the garage days, talk about a few scenes that the movie got wrong.

According to the Kottke and Fernandez, the scenes in the garage, the scene with Wozniak quitting Apple, and Jobs’ big speech at the West Coast Computer Faire, all happened quite differently than portrayed in the film: expand full story

August 6, 2013

August 2, 2013

Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad, stars of the upcoming JOBS film, are currently hosting a live hangout on YouTube to answer questions about what it was like playing Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in the film. You can tune in live above and submit questions for Kutcher and Gad to answer through #AskJobsMovie.

Yesterday, we posted the latest clip from the film showing the key moment when Jobs and Wozniak came up with the “Apple Computer” name. expand full story

August 1, 2013

Ahead of its upcoming August 16th debut in theatres, Open Road Films just released a new clip from the JOBS film starting Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs. In the latest clip, Jobs and and Steve Wozniak, played by Josh Gad, come up with the name “Apple Computer,” a story that we’ve heard straight from the real Jobs and Wozniak in the past.

Tomorrow Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad will also be hosting a live YouTube Hangout at 11am PST/2pm EST to answer questions about the JOBS movie submitted using #AskJobsMovie. The event will be hosted on the JOBSthefilm YoutTube account.

If you want to hear the story of the Apple name straight from the source, the real Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs give their versions of events in the videos below: expand full story

June 21, 2013

Ahead of its August 16th opening, the creators of the “Jobs” biopic starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs have released the first official trailer (via MR). The trailer gives a peak at the film, demonstrating that the movie will cover early Apple with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak to Steve Jobs’s departure to Steve Jobs’s return in the 1990s. Earlier this year, the film premiered to a small audience which gave the movie mixed reviews. Following this, the film was delayed from its original April opening date. Below is another clip from the film (from January):

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January 17, 2013

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Sundance Film Festival announced this afternoon that the Steve Jobs biopic, titled “jOBS”, starring famed-actor Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs, would premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival this January.

As we previously covered, the biopic will look at the early founding and 30 years of Apple, while centered on the late co-founder Steve Jobs. Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak will make an appearance in the film, played by Josh Gad, and former CEO and cofounder John Sculley will make an appearance, played by Matthew Modine. Scenes in the movie were also filmed in the “historic garage” where Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple. The film’s early scenes will even feature Jobs’ Los Altos home where he grew up to maintain “accuracy and authenticity” during the movie-making process, as the film makers revealed in the summer.

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival will run from Jan. 17 to Jan. 27, and “jOBS” will get the honor of being the festival’s closing film on Jan. 27, as Hollywood Reporter first noted. It is not clear whether it will air thus after.

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June 25, 2012

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Over the weekend, The New York Times profiled Apple’s retail operations and controversially touched upon Apple’s retail employees. The profile put out a simple, yet controversial, statement about the wages given to those who act as ushers for turning people into new Apple customers and product advocates:

About 30,000 of the 43,000 Apple employees in this country work in Apple Stores, as members of the service economy, and many of them earn about $25,000 a year. They work inside the world’s fastest growing industry, for the most valuable company, run by one of the country’s most richly compensated chief executives, Tim Cook. Last year, he received stock grants, which vest over a 10-year period, that at today’s share price would be worth more than $570 million.

The NYT goes on to say that each employee, while making an average of $25,000 a year, nets Apple approximately $473,000 per year. With the profile and the above statements in mind, we polled several current and some former Apple retail employees about their thoughts on the profile. We provided a few guiding questions that many of the employees used to compile their answers. Some employees defend the NYT’s article, and some completely disagree. The breakdown of feelings towards Apple Retail is interesting.

Some of these questions include: how has your general Apple retail experience been? Has it improved your life? Do you think that working for Apple in retail will better your future? What are your specific responses to the article’s controversial claims? What are your thoughts on the NYT’s statement about employees making a very small percentage of the amount of money that they actually bring in for Apple?

As you will read, some responses defend and agree with the New York Times, and some reflect it by praising Apple and the opportunities that the company has provided them. The common theme, though, is that many (not all, some completely agree with the NYT) employees seem to agree that Apple retail has provided them with incredible benefits and opportunities that set it apart (positively) from any other retail organization.

At the regularly scheduled quarterly store meetings last night, Apple managers defended Apple and pointed out how important every retail employee is to the company. Managers were instructed to show employees this Fortune list proclaiming Apple as the number 1 most admired company.

We’ve compiled some of the answers (with no edits) after the break, and it is an amazing and sometimes intense read. The answers are broken down into a question/answer section and a long-form reflection section. 

January 16, 2012

UPDATE [Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 7:35am ET]: Steve Wozniak commented on the original article on Facebook, saying he’s been misinterpreted (again). His full comment can be found at the bottom of this article.

Journalist Dan Lyons (aka Fake Steve Jobs) filed a report with The Daily Beast on Saturday that highlights Steve Wozniak’s thoughts on the iPhone 4S’s widely reported battery woes (that did not go away with iOS 5.1 Beta 3):

With the iPhone, something happened with the new OS or the new phone, and it just started running through the battery so fast. I’ve had a lot of issues with things I have to turn off just to save the battery life.

Wozniak, 61, who cofounded Apple with Jobs in 1976, also has gripes with Siri. The engineer thinks Siri is cool, but at times impractical compared to Android’s voice action. This is mostly due to Siri’s architectural reliance on network connectivity that is required to complete functions.

I have a lower success rate with Siri than I do with the voice built into the Android, and that bothers me. I’ll be saying, over and over again in my car, ‘Call the Lark Creek Steak House,’ and I can’t get it done. Then I pick up my Android, say the same thing, and it’s done. […] On the 4S I can only do that when Siri can connect over the Internet. But many times it can’t connect. I’ve never had Android come back and say, ‘I can’t connect over the Internet. […] Plus I get navigation. Android is way ahead on that.

Apple is thought to be creating its own navigation and mapping solution stemming from the company’s three mapping-related acquisitions: C3 Technologies, Poly9 in 2010, and Placebase. Wozniak is also good friends with Andy Rubin who heads the Android project and one said, “There’s more available [on Android] in some ways.”

Although Apple did not detail Siri, its voice recognition and artificial intelligence systems run on Apple’s servers rather than the phone itself. Siri may also infringe old Excite patents, said to be changing hands soon as a valuable asset in order to compete with Siri. In case you are wondering, the iPhone remains Wozniak’s primary phone. He loves “the beauty of it,” and he is first to recommend it to friends. However, Wozniak sometimes wants the iPhone to do “all the things my Android does.”

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January 4, 2012

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Stanford University’s Silicon Valley Archives currently holds “the largest assembly of Apple historical materials” stored within hundreds of boxes taking up over 600 feet of shelf space in an undisclosed facility outside San Fran.

The Associated Press published a story today detailing their recent visit to Stanford’s Apple Collection, which contains in-house video Apple recorded in the 80s, blueprints for early Macs, user manuals, company shirts, and drafts of Steve Jobs’ speeches.

Stanford historian Leslie Berlin had this to say about the collection:

“Through this one collection you can trace out the evolution of the personal computer. These sorts of documents are as close as you get to the unmediated story of what really happened.”

While you may have heard versions of how the name Apple came to be, an interview recorded with Wozniak and Jobs in the 80s (originally meant to be an in-house video for employees) has the two men recalling the exact moment:

Woz: “I remember driving down Highway 85. We’re on the freeway, and Steve mentions, `I’ve got a name: Apple Computer.’ We kept thinking of other alternatives to that name, and we couldn’t think of anything better.”

Jobs: “And also remember that I worked at Atari, and it got us ahead of Atari in the phonebook.”

That video and others were donated to Stanford in 1997 after Jobs returned to the company and plans for an in-house Apple museum were cancelled. Also included in the collection is this “Blue Busters” Ghostbusters-style internal ad featuring Apple executives, embedded below. The ad was originally shown in October 1984 at an international sales meeting in Hawaii. Blue Busters is obviously a not so subtle reference to their biggest competitor at the time, IBM.

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December 14, 2011

Calcalist, a daily business newspaper published in Israel by the Yedioth Ahronoth Group (which also publishes Yedioth Ahronoth, the country’s most widely circulated newspaper) on Tuesday ran a story claiming Apple was actively engaged in talks to buy fabless flash memory chip maker Anobit for as much as half a billion dollars. In a follow-up story this morning, Calcalist reports that Apple’s senior research and development executive Dr. Edward H. Frank is already touring Israel, investigating possibilities of an Apple-run development center as numerous Silicon Valley technology giants already operate R&D centers in the country, including Intel, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Broadcom, Yahoo!, eBay and China-based Huawei, to name just a few.

Apple’s Frank is a member of Carnegie Mellon University’s Board of Trustees and chairs the university’s Inspire Innovation campaign. He is apparently holding meetings with a bunch of Israeli startups who are hoping to wow the world’s most valuable technology company with next-generation solutions promising to bring flash storage prices down while substantially extending the lifespan of flash memory chips. The delegation headed by Frank has already met with executives at Intel Israel, the Calcalist story claims.

Globes chimed in with information from sources that “Apple has hired Aharon Aharon, a veteran player in Israel’s high tech industry, to lead the new development center”.

Should the Anobit deal go through, reporters Assaf Gilad and Meir Orbach write, Apple may be interested in further acquisitions of other Israeli startups specializing in innovative flash storage solutions. This includes XtremIO which develops server-based storage systems and its rival Kaminario, as well as DensBits which specializes in controller based signal processing to improve the operation of flash memory chip processors.

DensBits licenses its technology which improves flash memory chips’ reliability to about 100,000 deletions – twice that of its nearest competitor Anobit – helping reduce the prices of flash memory chips dramatically. Both DensBits’ and Anobit’s technology is believed to be licensed by many flash memory chip makers. Specifically, South Korean Hynix uses Anobit’s solution for a flash memory chip inside the iPhone 4S. Interestingly, Apple co-Founder Steve Wozniak is lead scientist for a competing enterprise SSD operation called Fusion I/O.

Ed Frank can be seen in the below clip talking about his experience at Carnegie Mellon University and how it continues to influence him today.

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November 28, 2011

35 years ago, Steve Jobs invited Ron Wayne to persuade Wozniak to join him in his entrepreneurial foray called Apple Computer Co. Jobs and Wayne go back a long way and had known each other from Jobs’s Atari days. Wayne drafted the original four-page founding contract that established Apple Computer Co. on a typewriter and came up with all the legalese of their partnership agreement.

Twelve days later, Wayne left the young startup and sold his stake. 35 years later, the original founding contract goes up for auction at Sothesby’s and is expected to fetch a cool $150,000. Apparently the consigner bought the legal papers back in the mid-1990s “from a manuscript dealer” who is thought to had acquired them from Wayne, Sotheby’s Richard Austin told the publication.

What’s interesting about the documents are the terms of Wayne’s withdrawal from Apple. So, how much did the two Steves compensate Wayne for his ten percent stake of the company, now worth $35 billion? According to Bloomberg:

On April 12, Wayne withdrew as partner. The move is documented by a County of Santa Clara statement and an amendment to the contract, both of which are part of the Sotheby’s lot. Wayne received $800 for relinquishing his 10 percent ownership of Apple, according to the document. He subsequently received another payment of $1,500, according to Sotheby’s.

Included right after the break is a video interview of Ron Wayne with The Next Web’s Matt Brian from September highlighting why he left Apple after just twelve days. One of the reasons is Wayne’s realization that he would be standing in the shadows of geniuses.


The original legal document that established Apple Computer Company (left) and signatures of Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ron Wayne (right).

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