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Apple Inc. is an American consumer electronics company[1] known for pioneering the Macintosh personal computer in the late 1980s and early 1990s, as well as the portable MP3 player in the early 2000s. It is perhaps best known for its "iProducts," such as the iPod, iPad, and iPhone, which have become so ubiquitous within the Western culture that the company has developed an enormous following referred to as the Cult of Mac by some observers.[3] With the commercial success of iProducts, the company quickly grew into the largest publicly-traded corporation in the world and the largest technology company in the world, both by profit and revenue[2]. Despite this, the corporation has been criticized for unethical labor, business, legal, and environmental practices.[2]

Online History

Apple was established on April 1st, 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne to sell the Apple I personal computer kit and the company was formally incorporated on January 3rd, 1977. In the following years, Apple released its second and third generation of the personal computer, although they were met by lukewarm reception. Beginning in the early 1980s, Apple's personal computer line was succeeded by Lisa and the Macintosh products.


On August 15th, 1998, Apple charted a new era in the company's history with the release of iMac, a new line of personal computers. Apple declared the "i" in iMac to stand for "Internet" and also representative of the product's focus as a personal device ('i' for "individual"). In the following years, Apple purchased a number of software companies to build its consumer-oriented digital production applications, including iMovie, Final Cut Pro and iPhoto among others. On October 23rd, 2001, Apple unveiled the portable digital audio player known as iPod, which became the company's most commercially successful product with over 100 million units sold within six years.

  • August 15th, 1998: iMac G3 released
  • July 19th, 2000: Power Macintosh G4 Cube
  • September 13th, 2000: iBook released
  • October 23rd, 2001: iPod released
  • January 6th, 2004: iPod Mini released
  • January 11th, 2005: Mac Mini released
  • January 11th, 2005: iPod Shuffle released
  • September 7th, 2005: iPod Nano released
  • February 14th, 2006: MacBook Pro released
  • March 21st, 2007: Apple TV released
  • June 29th, 2007: iPhone released
  • September 5th, 2007: iPod Touch released
  • January 15th, 2008: MacBook Air released
  • April 3rd, 2010: iPad released
  • April 24th, 2015: Apple Watch released

  • Apple Form Factor Evolution 1976 through 2009 This is a visual form factor representation of most all of Apple's products. This image documents the ever changing form factor and industrial design of Apple's products, not every single model number or slight change made to a previous model Enjoy 1976 1987 1987 Macintosh SE Apple /c Macintosh Plus Apple lgs Macintosh Portable 1991 Quadra 900 1991 1993 Macintosh Centris 1993 Color Classic 1993 Macintosh LCIII 1993 Macintosh LC 475 Macintosh IIfx Macintosh Ils Quadra 700 Powerbook Duo Quadra 800 Powerbook 180c 1997 Power Macintosh 1997 Newton Message Pad Power Macintosh 6100 Powerbook 500 Series Power Macintosh Performa 6400 20 Year Anniversary Mac 2001 2001 Power Macintosh Quicksilver Power Macintosh iMac DV Power Macintosh Cube Powerbook Titanium G4 iMac Patterns 2002 2003 2003 Pod 3rd Gen Power Macintosh Mirror PowerBook G4 Aluminunm Power Macintosh G5 Book G4 iMac G5 xServe G5 iPod Mini iPod Click Wheel iPod U2 iPod Photo iPod Shuffle Mac Mini iPod Nano Video iPod iMac Slimmer Intel Mac Book Pro Mac Book Mac Pro iPod Shuffle iPod Nano Apple TV 2007 iPod Classic 2007 iPod Nano 2008 2008 iPhone 3G 2008 iPod Nano iPod Touch Macbook Air Macbook Pro Networking Mice Studio CRT Display Cinema Display HD LED Cinema Display Airport Express AirPort Extreme Apple DB-9 mouse ADB mouse Desktop Mouse lI Pro Mouse (Black) Pro Mouse (White) Mighty Mouse Keyboard Evolution

    Apple WWDC 2013

    On June 10th, 2013, Apple held its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), where it unveiled a new Mac Pro desktop computer encased in a 6.6’’ x 9.9’’ black cylindrical aluminum case (shown below), a drastic departure in design from previous models.

    Shortly after the product’s debut, many Twitter users compared the computer’s design to various cylindrical objects found in popular films or households, including a prop from the science fiction film series Star Trek, a can of deodorant[16] and a futuristic roll of toilet paper.[17] Later that day, the tech news blog Mashable[12] published a post highlighting several notable tweets about the product.

    Also on June 10th, Redditor codemaster submitted an image macro to the /r/funny[13] subreddit, which featured a promotional photograph for the new Mac Pro with the character Professor Farnsworth from the animated television series Futurama identifying the computer as a rectal suppository (shown below, left).[13] Several hours later, Redditor AbrahamAshley posted a photoshopped image of a cat sleeping on top of the product to the /r/apple[14] subreddit (shown below right). In the first 24 hours, the posts gained upwards of 7,200 and 660 up votes respectively.

    Good news! It's a suppository. Mac Pro Of course this s--- is going to happen

    Many Internet users pointed out that the product’s design looks similar to the iconic helmet worn by the antagonist Darth Vader from the science fiction franchise Star Wars. On June 11th, German artist Hilmar Stehr posted a photoshopped image of the new Mac Pro combined with Vader's helmet titled "Darth Pro" (shown below).[15]

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    iPhone 5S & 5C Unveiled

    On September 10th, 2013, Apple unveiled two new iPhone products 5S, the successor to iPhone 5 with a faster processor and other new features, and 5C, a lower-cost model that comes in a plastic case with several new color options.

    As per usual, Apple's announcement of new phones was preceded by high anticipations and speculations surrounding its features like fingerprint-scanning technology, as well as a few parody ads mockingly introducing iPhone 5S as more of the "Same" and iPhone 5C as the "Cheapass" product (shown below).

    iPhone 6 Unveiled

    On September 9th, 2014, Apple unveiled two new iPhones: the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 plus. The new models[18] will be larger and stronger than the model that proceeded them.

    Much of the online attention after the annoucement was focused on an out of style infinety scarf[20] worn by a keynote speaker during the livestream announcement of the new models. Within hours of the announcement the parody Twitter account Keynotescarf[19] was created, in less than a day the account gained over 200 followers. The scarf and the online reaction was covered the same day by several sites including Buzzfeed[21] and Mashable.[22]

    Apple Smartwatch

    On September 9th, 2014, Apple unveiled its first smart watch,[23] which features a health tracker and allows users to sync their iPhone to it.

    Twitter users posted many mocking images of "smart watches" under the corresponding hashtag #iWatch which poked fun at the new device. With 24 hours the hashtag[24] was tweeted out over 54,000 times.



    At the Worldwide Developer Conference held on June 5th, 2017, Apple unveiled the HomePod, a home-stereo system that has users talk to Siri, much like Google's Alexa and Amazon's Echo. The HomePod is a round, squat device with a mesh exterior.[42]

    Shortly after it was announced, Twitter users began to joke that the Homepod looked like a roll of toilet paper or a spool of yarn. These jokes were covered by The Daily Dot[43] shortly after the announcement.

    Turns out I already have a #HomePod My HomePod Selfmade Im


    U2 Album Promotion Backlash

    On September 9th, 2014, during Apple's press conference for the unveiling of the iPhone 6, Tim Cook was joined by Bono, the frontman of U2, to make an announcement that the Irish rock band's latest album Songs of Innocence would be available free of charge for for all iTunes store[25] users.

    However, as Apple device users began noticing that the album had been automatically downloaded without their consent, many took their irritation to the social media outlets and Apple's support forum,[26] including Apple user AMSayer who submitted the following post:

    "How do I remove the free U2 album from my iTunes library? So we all have a free U2 album in our iTunes library now. I don't like U2 and don't want it. I get an option to 'hide' it in iTunes, but not to delete it. How can I remove it entirely from my library in iCloud? I have just been to, but can't see anything there."

    The same day, Buzzfeed[29] posted a round-up of people reacting to the release in a post titled “People Were Less Than Psyched About U2 At The Apple Event.” On September 10th, The Washington Post [27] published an article titled “U2, Apple and rock-and-roll as dystopian junk mail," which criticized Apple and U2's method of delivery in the promotional event:

    "On Tuesday afternoon, U2’s new album was just there, waiting for you. Like an Ikea catalogue. Or a jury summons. Or streptococcus. The latest inescapable unpleasantry for anyone who’s chosen to participate in our great digital society -- more specifically, the 500 million human beings on this planet who use iTunes."

    On September 15th, iTunes began to offer a tool[28] which allows users to remove the album from their library.

    U2 Songs of Innocence U2 If you would like U2's Songs of Innocence removed from your iTunes music library and iTunes purchases, you can choose to have it removed. Once the album has been removed from your account, it will no longer be available for you to redownload as a previous purchase. If you later decide you want the album, you will need to get it again. The album is free to everyone until October 13, 2014 and will be available for purchase after that date. Do you want to remove Songs of Innocence from your account? Remove Album
    Click through to visit the SOI Removal page on Apple's website


    On September 21st, Macrumors Forum[30] user hanzoh published a new thread titled "iPhone 6 Plus slightly bent after 2 days" which explained their experience with the new iPhone 6, saying:

    "I received my iPhone 6 Plus 64GB spacegray at about 3pm on Friday and set it up, but haven't worn it out that day, so it wasn't in my pocket.

    Yesterday, I left at 10am with the iPhone in my left FRONT pocket of my suit pants. I drove 4 hours to a wedding, which also involved a lot of sitting during dinner etc but also 2-3 hours of dancing. I left at 2am and went to bed, driving home 4 hours back.

    So in total, the 6 Plus was about 18 hours in my pocket while sitting mostly.

    As I lay it on the coffee table and sat down on the couch to relax from the drive (yes, sitting again ), I saw the reflection of the window in the iPhones slightly distorted. Now I lay it flat with the display side on the table, take a look."

    The same day Twitter user Wario64[31] tweeted out a link to the thread, with Twitter user SeanPincombe[32] responding by introducing the Twitter hashtag #bendgate. Within a week the hashtag was tweeted[33] out over 37,000 times.

    Wario64 Wario64 Sep 21 So I guess this is what people will complain about with iPhone 6...6 Plus bending in pockets SeanPincombe @SeanPincombe Follow @Wario64 #iPhone6 #BendGate is upon us わReply Retweet ★ Favorite Mlore 11:58 PM-21 Sep 2014

    On September 23rd, The Daily Dot[34] published an article titled "Apple fans' tight pants are bending the iPhone 6 Plus," which highlighted the problem and the hashtag. The following day the hashtag and problem were covered by Mashable[35] and Newsday.[36]


    Apple has put out a number of bizarre patents that have drawn criticism and confusion from consumers.[37] Some of these include the glass staircase that appears in many Apple stores, the High Tactility Glove System, dubbed "The Magic Glove," the rubber covers to earbuds, and more. On September 15th, 2016, Apple patented the paper bag they use in stores.[38] The description for the patent reads:

    "A paper bag is disclosed. The paper bag may include a bag container formed of white solid bleached sulfate paper with at least 60% post-consumer content."

    100 300 300 230 210 220,226 220, 230 210 9 306 32 280 220, 224 232 306 232 32 218 218 220, 226 216 218 21 220,224 220, 214 240 FIG. I 214

    The patent earned the mockery of Gizmodo,[39] The Daily Dot,[40] and the Verge.[41]


    In 2017, Apple opened a new campus in Cupertino, California. The structure is a massive ring walled by 45-foot tall curbed windows. Apple's design chief Jony Ive described the building, "While it is a technical marvel to make glass at this scale, that’s not the achievement. The achievement is to make a building where so many people can connect and collaborate and walk and talk."

    The following year, Bloomberg[44] reported that Apple employees were accidentally walking into the panes. They wrote:

    "Surrounding the Cupertino, California-based building are 45-foot tall curved panels of safety glass. Inside are work spaces, dubbed “pods,” also made with a lot of glass. Apple staff are often glued to the iPhones they helped popularize. That’s resulted in repeated cases of distracted employees walking into the panes, according to people familiar with the incidents."

    Several media outlets covered the story, including New York,[45] Mashable,[46] The Verge[47] and more. Bloomberg[48] published a Moments page on the story.


    Throughout the 2000s, Apple engaged in a series of highly successful marketing campaigns for their new lines of iMac personal computers and iPod MP3 players. That, plus the widespread popularity of the products, provided Apple with a devoted consumer base who jump at the opportunity to buy the next in the line of products. Over the years, this following has become extremely widespread, and the fans have become increasingly virulent in their quest for the latest Apple products. This has resulted in very long lines at Apple stores during product launches, as well as general hype and hysteria surrounding the company's announcements of new products. The following has been likened to a religion or a cult by outside observers. BBC journalist Alex Riley, reporting on the opening of a new Apple Store in Covent Garden, London wrote the following:

    "The scenes I witnessed at the opening of the new Apple store […] were more like an evangelical prayer meeting than a chance to buy a phone or a laptop.


    "And what did those customers – some who'd travelled from as far away as the US and China and slept on the pavement for the privilege – find when they finally got inside?

    "Well, all the same stuff as in the Apple store half a mile away on Regent Street. No special offers, no free gifts (a few t-shirts were handed out), no exclusive products. Now that's devotion."

    The Reality Distortion Field

    Apple's method of announcing and presenting their new products to the general public through keynote speeches has been instrumental in the development of its following. The presentations were characterized by the charisma of the late CEO Steve Jobs, along with Apple's aggressive marketing, and were extremely successful about building hype for the next new product. This has been termed a "reality distortion field,"[5] referring to how, during the presentation, the Jobs' charisma was so forceful that the audience was essentially mesmerized, and would follow his every word. Thus, Jobs became the idol of the 'cult'[6]. This term has since been applied to other charismatic speakers, such as Bill Clinton.[5]

    The Mac vs. PC Debate

    A frequent debate amongst internet users, some of whom may align themselves with the Apple fandom, is which is the better platform: Mac or PC/Windows. Arguments often get heated, and Linux proponents are often excluded entirely. PC proponents point to the limited customizability of both Apple's software and hardware, and the lack of major gaming platforms (although this is beginning to change), while Mac proponents point out frequent unreliability of PCs, as well as their proclivity for attracting computer viruses.

    DIFFERENCES IN SELF-IDENTIFIED PC & MAC PEOPLE PC PEOPLE SKEW THIS WAY MAC AMONG HUNCH USERS PEOPLE SKEW THIS WAY... Hunch then crossed those responses with answers from dozens of other questions among its 2,000-strong Teach Hunch About You" question pool. Findings follow: PC people are 22% more likely than Mac people to be ages 35-49 22% more likely than PC people to be ages 18-34. 36% of PC people are liberal. 58% of Mac people are liberal. PC people are 18% more likely to live in the suburbs and 21 % live in a rural area. 52% of Mac people live in a city CORE DEMOGRAPHICS : 54% of PC people have completed a four-year college degree or higher. The same can be said for 67% of Mac people. :

    Apple / Mac Switch Spoofs

    Apple / Mac Switch Spoofs are a series of spoof images and videos surrounding an advertising campaign by Apple (then Apple Computer) in 2002. The campaign showed 'real people' who had decided to switch from using a Windows-based computer to a Macintosh-based computer, listing their reasons. This was picked up upon by sites such as YTMND, and gained such popularity that some well-known actors such as Will Ferrell created their own spoof videos.

    StoreiPodITunesMac Quick Time SupportMac OS X ProductsSwitchHot Apps Downloads ServerDeveloper Resources Feedback "lf you like to download P---, get a Mac." Why Switch? Questions Real Stories Press How to Switch How to Buy

    iPod Ad Spoofs / Parodies

    iPod Ad Spoofs / Parodies refers to a series of parody images created about Apple's distinctive marketing campaign for the iPod, showing black silhouettes with white iPods superimposed over colored backgrounds. The style of the ad is highly exploitable, and many examples have been posted across the internet.

    * iPod

    Mac vs. PC Ad Campaign

    Mac vs. PC is the name of another marketing campaign by Apple, begun in 2006. It compared a stereotypical, middle-aged, straight-edge businessman – the "average PC user" – with a young, hip, artist-type – the "average Mac user". The ads detailed the supposed shortcomings of PCs, and why consumers should purchase Macs instead. The ad campaign further fuelled the heated Mac vs. PC debate, ever-present with contemporary youth. It has been parodied many times, usually with videos titled "X vs. Y" taking a similar format to the ads.

    Steve Jobs / Bill Gates Comic

    The Steve Jobs / Bill Gates Comic is an exploitable comic series that depicts a conversation between Apple's late CEO Steve Jobs and Microsoft's chairman Bill Gates. The comics often depict the somewhat acrimonious relationship between the two and their companies, much in the same vein as the Mac vs. PC parodies (see above).

    Remember when we were poor? No Me neither

    Many of the internet memes related to the Apple products are centered around the iPhone and iPad.

    iPad Spoofing

    iPad Spoofing refers to the public reaction to the announcement of Apple's first tablet, the iPad, in 2010. The reaction was particularly disdainful on 4chan's /v/ board. Many focused on how the product appeared to be nothing more than a larger version of the already-released iPhone, except without the functionality of a telephone. Others focused on the name iPad itself (see above), in relating it to a feminine hygiene product. In fact, the comedy TV show MAD TV created a parody commercial for the 'iPad' feminine hygiene product three years before the tablet's release[7].

    by idwurks iPad Welcome to the digital pad revolution, 10,000 leaks in your panties. Works wit h Brunetes or Biondes Over a million soid. The new iPad.

    iPhone Whale

    The iPhone Whale is the name given to an ad-hoc emoticon found within the iPhone's iChat app. A screenshot of the whale was spread around Tumblr and Reddit, and has spawned many derivatives. It has become so widespread that a Chinese company is producing iPhone Whale pillows.

    iPhone 4 Death Grip

    The iPhone 4 Death Grip refers to a design fault within the iPhone 4, by which the phone's antenna was blocked from receiving a signal as users held the phone in their hands. It was seen as a catastrophic mistake by tech experts, but it did not dampen the product's explosive popularity. It has been the subject of many creative photoshoppings.

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    Shit That Siri Says

    Shit That Siri Says is an expression that humorously refers to unusual responses made by Apple's voice-activated command program, Siri, which was introduced with the iPhone 4S. Sometimes the responses can be due to glitches within the program, but more often or not, they are due to the fact that Siri was programmed to have an attitude.

    10:02 AM 34% D Verizon 6 Siri you're a dirty girl 99 You're certainly entitled to that opinion, Sweet John. “ Talk dirty to me ” I can't. I'm as clean as the driven snow. “ Siri talk dirty to me ” The carpet needs vacuuming

    iPhone 5's Extended Height

    While the release of iPhone 5 in September 2012 has been regarded as a commercial success (with more than two million units pre-ordered within the first 24 hours), the phone garnered mixed reviews from the tech news blogosphere, many of whom described the fifth generation model of the smartphone device as "boring." Meanwhile, others on 4chan, Tumblr and Twitter began commentating on the slightly longer dimension of the device, who dubbed iPhone 5 with the nickname "LongPhone"[8] through photoshopped images[9][10] and single topic blogs.

    12 Settings Phone the new Apple LongphoneTM We need to go longer. iPhone 101 The tallest iPhone in the world. Ever iPhone 10 The tallest iPhone yet. YouTube 0) Voice Memos Setings Sctings

    iOS 6 Maps

    Before the release of iOS 6, Apple's updated mobile operating system released alongside the iPhone 5, the company announced that it would be ditching Google Maps as its default map provider in favor of an in-house designed app. The new app, called Apple Maps, has faced widespread criticism across the internet for its large number of inaccuracies and errors.[11] Screenshots of the new, error-filled maps are being spread around image-sharing sites.

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    iOS7 Waterproof Prank

    As early as on September 21st, 2013, shortly after the release of Apple's iOS7, a group of pranksters on 4chan launched a hoax campaign to sabotage the early adopters by creating a series of Apple-esque advertisements claiming that the latest software update will make iPhone devices waterproof.

    File: 1379753959248.jpg-(6 KB, 299x168, losfags.jpg) ■ Anonymous 09/21/13(Sat)04:59:19 No. 507 1324 10 Replies: >>507133 113-07133325 >>50 Can we come up with some kind of scheme that IOS7 waterproofs your phone? Get a cool official like poster going, and then post it to the relevant social networking sites. come on /bl remember the lphone in the microwave? Lets get round 2 going Os 6 OS 7 >s Anonymous 09/21/13(Sat)05:01:33 No.507132591 bumping

    Waterproofing covered by Apple's warranty policy What is iOS? iOS is the foundation of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It comes with a collection of apps that let you do the everyday things, and even the not-so-everyday things, in ways that are intuitive, simple, and fun. And it's loaded with useful features you'll wonder how you ever did without ■四。 Additional protection. With the new features and groundbreaking innovation of iOS 7, your iPhone is able to instantly detect sudden changes in thermo- distribution with the touch sensitive screen and home button. San Francisco Mostly Suhey 63 Tuesday Today 68 54 29M 1PM 2PM 63 65 66 67 68 68 75 Update to iOS 7 and become waterproof. In an emergency, a smart-switch will shut off the phone's power supply and corresponding components to prevent any damage to your iPhone's delicate crcuitry.
    Unrealised until now Indispensable from now on A chip with 64-bit architecture. A power supply that recognises water and shuts off when wet. A fingerprint identity sensor. A better, faster camera. And an operating system built specifically for 64 bit. Any one of these features in a smartphone would make it ahead of its time. All of these features in a smartphone make it an iPhone that's definitely ahead of its time 令 09:41 100% Tuesday 7 OS 7 For the accident prone. iOS 7 provides a fantastic array of new features reconstructed from the ground up, apart from just one other 令 9 41 AM A groundbreaking new technology unseen in mobile devices, until now Introducing iDamp, a powerful new feature which presents the IOS 7 system with the power to detect liquid entry inside the device. WeatherClock ios 7 activates virtual moisture sensors located inside the constuction allowing the device to activate emergency shut down, preventing any possible damage caused by liquid entry to the device. Forget about liquid damage and warranty voiding moisture indicators on your devices thanks to the all new feature, iDamp Notes Reminders Stocis G Game Cente Damp Newsstand Tunes Store App Store Comput ke with the folowrg dviceaiOS 7 Settings iDymp Phone Safari Unrealised until now Indispensable from now on Built with help from H20 hardware, we are now happy to present the first waterproof iPhone. Not only can it withstand up to 50 metres of submersion, but it can also be dropped, frozen and left in the Mojave without a problem. With a screen built of Gorilla glass, and a processor that knows to turn off when wet, you'll never need to get a replacement again.

    The fake advertisements were complemented by a fabricated Facebook status update from Apple's CEO Tim Cook confirming the false rumor that "the iOS7 can now survive 99% exposure to water accidents."

    Tim Cook Due to the increased cpu efficiency algorithms with the update, the iOS7 can now survive 99% of exposure to water accidents. The instant water touches any part of the phone, the new OS begins shutting off all circuitry and power starting nearest the point water contacted the device. The new efficiency allows the update to 'save' the phone via extremely quick emergency shutdown and purge mechanisms, after which a small physical trigger disconnects the battery, preventing damage from it malfunctioning. #ForwardThinking Like to spread the word! Comment 9 minutes ago 7,259 people, AT&T, Samsung, Verizon. Write a comment

    In the following days, a variety of facetious messages praising iOS7's waterproof feature emerged on Twitter, as well as several angry reactions from iPhone users who presumably fell victim to the prank.

    !▼ 步Follow LilUglyJapp @mathbinder Who ever said ios7 was waterproof.. you ←Reply Retweet yr Favorite More 5:43 AM-20 Sep 13 from Tustin, CA ▼ 步Follow joe @sweenz001 Ok whoever said IOS7 is waterproof GO YOURSELF Reply 다 Retweet ★Favorite More 2:40 PM- 22 Sep 13 wihe @wihe123 1▼ 步Follow w-- #iOS7 isnt waterproof! ! ! now my phones at the bottom of the river # Reply 다 Retweet ★Favorite More 2:51 PM-21 Sep 13

    Google and Facebook Internal App Blockage

    On January 30th, 2019, Apple shut down the enterprise certificates used by Facebook to develop internal market research applications. These certificates are only meant for use within the company and do not appear in Apple's public App Store.[51] The shut down was in response to Facebook's release of a "Facebook Research" VPN that tracked user data. The Facebook Research application then allowed users to side-load apps onto the iPhone without going through the App Store, violating Apple's terms.

    According to TechCrunch,[50] "Facebook sidesteps the App Store and rewards teenagers and adults to download the Research app and give it root access to network traffic in what may be a violation of Apple policy so the social network can decrypt and analyze their phone activity." Facebook, more specifically, targeted users aged 13 to 35. Shortly after the story broke on TechCrunch, Facebook shut down the Research application.

    Apple said of the matter:[52]

    We designed our Enterprise Developer Program solely for the internal distribution of apps within an organization. Facebook has been using their membership to distribute a data-collecting app to consumers, which is a clear breach of their agreement with Apple. Any developer using their enterprise certificates to distribute apps to consumers will have their certificates revoked, which is what we did in this case to protect our users and their data.

    Facebook denied any wrongdoing, stating that "key facts" about the app were ignored. The refuted that application was "secret." "It wasn’t ‘spying’ as all of the people who signed up to participate went through a clear onboarding process asking for their permission and were paid to participate."

    The following day, Apple blocked Google's internal applications, as well. Much like Facebook, Google was penalized for the proliferation of an iPhone usage research application that could be side-loaded onto the iPhone. The app, Screenwise Meter, also used Google's enterprise certificate used for internal applications.[53]

    Google later removed the app, after the story about Screenwise Meter broke. In a statement, Google said, "The Screenwise Meter iOS app should not have operated under Apple’s developer enterprise program -- this was a mistake, and we apologize. We have disabled this app on iOS devices. This app is completely voluntary and always has been."[54]

    As of January 31st, Apple has restored Facebook's and Google's enterprise certificates.

    Search Interest

    External References

    [1] Apple's official website

    [2] Wikipedia – Apple Inc..

    [3] Wikipedia – The Cult of Mac

    [4] BBC News – Superbrands' success fuelled by sex, religion and gossip

    [5] Wikipedia – Reality distortion field

    [6] Wikipedia – Criticism of Apple Inc..

    [7] YouTube – Mad Tv – iPad

    [8] MacRumors – longphone 5???

    [9] Imgur – LongPhone Parodies

    [10] HyperVocal – The Best of the ‘Longphone’ Meme

    [11] BBC News – Apple promises maps app will 'improve'

    [12] Mashable – 25 Things the New Macro Pro Looks Like

    [13] Reddit – The new Mac Pro design

    [14] Reddit – After seeing the new Mac Pro fan design

    [15] Blogspot – Darth Pro

    [16] Twitter – loopi

    [17] Twitter – mims

    [18] The Verge – iPhone 6 announced: 4.7-inch display, A8 processor, 8-megapixel camera, available September 19th for $199

    [19] Twitter – KeynoteScarf

    [20] Racked – Apple Keynote Speaker's Infinity Scarf Is Mesmerizing

    [21] Buzzfeed – Apple “Scarf Guy” Quickly Becomes An Internet Fashion Sensation

    [22] Mashable – Apple's 'Keynote Scarf Guy' Already Has a Parody Twitter Account

    [23] CNN- Apple unveils two new iPhones, Apple Watch and ApplePay

    [24] Topsy- #iWatch (defunct)

    [25] Wired- Apple’s Devious U2 Album Giveaway Is Even Worse Than Spam

    [26] Apple- How do I remove the free U2 album from my iTunes library?

    [27] Washington Post (via Wayback Machine) – U2, Apple and rock-and-roll as dystopian junk mail

    [28] Forbes- Apple Launches Tool To Remove Free U2 Album

    [29] Buzzfeed- People Were Less Than Psyched About U2 At The Apple Event

    [30] Macrumors- iPhone 6 Plus slightly bent after 2 days

    [31] Twitter- Wario64

    [32] Twitter – SeanPincombe

    [33] Topsy – #bendgate (defunct)

    [34] The Daily Dot – Apple fans' tight pants are bending the iPhone 6 Plus

    [35] Mashable – The Apple iPhone 6 Plus 'BendGate' Is Already Out of Control

    [36] Newsday – #Bendgate: iPhone 6 Plus has a bending problem

    [37] Business Insider – The 'Magic Glove' And 8 Other Ridiculous Inventions Patented By Apple

    [38] Patent Application – Apple

    [39] Gizmodo – Apple Unveils Bag

    [40] The Daily Dot – Apple just patented a f**king paper bag

    [41] The Verge – In defense of Apple owning the concept of a paper bag

    [42] Select All – Here’s Apple’s Echo Competitor, the HomePod Smart Speaker

    [43] Daily Dot – As fast as Apple could announce HomePod, it became a meme

    [44] Bloomberg – Apple’s New Spaceship Campus Has One Flaw – and It Hurts

    [45] New York – Apple Employees Keep Smacking Into Their Glass Office Like Dumb Little Birds

    [46] Mashable – Apple employees are walking into their office's glass walls because… karma

    [47] The Verge – Apple employees can’t stop walking into the beautiful glass doors at new Apple Park campus

    [48] Twitter – Apple employees keep smacking into new headquarters' glass panes

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