Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is covered incessantly throughout the financial–and cultural–blogosphere, so it’s likely that you’re well versed on Bob Mansfield’s decision to move to “special projects” for Cupertino, or Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX)‘s surprising call to use the Apple TV to test the rollout of its new user profile system.
There are, however, some pieces of media that you probably haven’t seen. Old text files buried in the remnants of the Web 1.0, or YouTube videos entombed deep within the recesses of endless cat videos, disaster countdowns, or competitive eatings contest training (don’t believe us on this last one? Check out Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)‘s YouTube for yourself then!).
Let’s take a look at five such rare gems that should truly surprise even the most hardcore of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) fans.
1) The WOZ!
Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne, still appears monthly on television interviews and media discussions, and frankly, he’s a really cool dude. Wozniak, also known as “the WOZ” as you’ll see in the beginning of this video at the Cleveland Apple in 1984, is a very open, approachable tech titan. In this particular talk, Steve Wozniak takes us through the development of the personal computing pop culture, and the inner workings of Apple.
2) The Lost Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Steve Jobs Interview
To be fair, there are plenty of so-called “lost” Steve Jobs interviews floating around on the Internet, but this one, for whatever reason, gives what might be the most candid look at the man’s life, beliefs, and business acumen. The famous line from this one is “We didn’t build Apple to be a company, We started it to make computers for our friends,” and there are plenty of other quotes worth tracking here.
3) The History of Apple
The history of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is so well-known it’s taught in some college-level business courses, but the thing that makes this video so rare is its original date is 1980. To have footage that’s still in usable condition from over 30 years ago converted into a media file is a feat in itself, not to mention that in this particular speech, Steve Jobs resembles Ashton Kutcher to a T. Or should be say Ashton Kutcher resembles Steve Jobs….that probably does the iGenius more favors.
4) Ridiculously violent Mac commercial
There are plenty of wacky old Macintosh commercials from the ’80s that look like a scene straight out of Brave New World–and some of these are more spookily accurate than you may know–but one spot that we can all but guarantee you haven’t seen is this one from the late ’90s, in which a robot….well, just watch for yourself. This video has less than 300 views on YouTube. Hidden gem indeed.
5) Crowd’s first reaction to iPad not what you’d expect
In 2013, it’s easy to think that when Steve Jobs and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) first introduced the iPad in 2010, the marketplace loved the tablet. The truth, though, couldn’t be further from that, as the crowd’s reaction to the “big unveiling” registered about a 1 on the decibel scale.