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Anytime Apple releases its smartphone, it draws the attention of virtually any living techy human or even AI’s. Apple ecosystem boasts of wide range of smart features and apps – that alone attracts more people.

Despite the fact you might have some good knowledge about the Apple iPhone you are currently using or used before, there are few certain startling and interesting facts about the iPhone, and its manufacturer behind it – Apple Inc.-, you may not know. Here are some of the few facts I am talking about.

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An iPhone Has Existed Before The Apple iPhone You Know

You will be shocked to know that before Apple ever released the iPhone, the name has already been patented by the Cisco Systems. In fact, Apple was sued for naming one of its products, ‘iPhone’. The first iPhone by Cisco was a VoIP phone, which allowed users to make Skype calls without the use of a computer. Eventually, both the companies settled, and have kept their rights to the name.

The iPhone was conceptualized in the late 1980s

Back in 1983, the developer of Apple computer, Hartmut Esslinger, idealized a landline phone that had features somewhat similar to today’s iPhone and iPad with a stylus-controlled interface. Though, the design was never developed into a real Phone, it is surprising that Apple had the idea behind the iPhone many years before it was launched. Just imagine how the iPhone landscape and custom iPhone app development would look if that old prototype in 1983 had been released.

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U2’s Bono Is In Every iPhone

If you look closely to your iPhone, you’ll find that the artist’s icon in your Music app is originally a silhouette of Bono Vertigo – the U2 singer.

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The App Store was the first place to download an iOS app legally

One of the most interesting facts about the Apple iPhone is that the App Store is the only place to download free or paid iOS apps legally.

Samsung Manufactures iPhone Processors

Now this might surprise you greatly. While it is true that Samsung and Apple are arch rivals in the smartphone field, they both are partnered with each other. Samsung has a contract with Apple to make computer chips for the iPhone.

700M iPhones sold by far

In March 2017, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that Apple has sold nearly 700 million iPhones since the first iPhone. Reports on Apple’s earnings suggest that growing iPhone sales may soon touch 800 million.

iPhone was the Invention of the Year

Seeing the popularity of Apple iPhone, Time Magazine named it as the “Invention of the Year” in 2007. It was indeed a revolutionary development.

The iPhone was codenamed Purple

In the early days when the iPhone was being engineered, the nickname for the new cell phone was, “Purple”. Even the iPhone section at the Apple headquarters was called “Purple Dorm” by the developers.

2 Million iPhone apps

According to the reports, there are over 2 million iOS apps available in the Apple app store (as of June 2016). With this, the Apple app store is the second largest app store after Android, which has over 2.2 million apps.

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iPhone 4 names Antenna-gate

The new metal design of iPhone 4 caused extensive problems among the users when it was found that calls were getting disconnected on holding the phone a certain way. Because of its severity, it earned the name, Antenna-gate.

Steve Jobs pranked with Starbucks

It was in 2007 when Apple was introduced for the first time by CEO Steve Jobs. He made a prank call to Starbucks and ordered over 4,000 lattes and cancelled it immediately. This was certainly a good thing for the barista who took that call.

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