Today in Apple history: Mac marketing guru Joanna Hoffman is born

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Kate Winslet (left) plays Joanna Hoffman (right) in Steve Jobs.
Kate Winslet (left) played Mac marketing guru Joanna Hoffman in Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs biopic.
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July 27 TIAH July 27, 1955: Joanna Hoffman, a marketing executive who will become part of the original Macintosh and NeXT teams — and Steve Jobs’ first right-hand woman — is born in Poland.

Six months younger than Jobs, Hoffman is one of the few people willing and able to stand up to the oftentimes-fierce Apple co-founder during the first part of his career.

Today in Apple history: Mighty Mouse goes wireless — with lasers!

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The images Apple submitted to the FCC of its new mouse.
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July 24 TIAH July 24, 2006: The world gets it first glimpse of Apple’s new wireless Mighty Mouse, a multi-button Bluetooth device with super-accurate laser tracking.

Photos of the accessory come to light through a filing made by Apple with the Federal Communications Commission. Apple launches the wireless Mighty Mouse the very next day.

Curtains raise on The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs opera this weekend

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Ashton Kutcher and Michael Fassbender played Steve Jobs in movies. Now Edward Parks III brings his rich baritone voice to the Steve Jobs opera, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs.
Your new Steve Jobs, everyone!
Photo: Dario Acosta/Santa Fe Opera

Always wanted to know more about the life of Steve Jobs, but been put off by the lack of show-stopping musical numbers? The Santa Fe Opera is here to offer a solution.

This Saturday, the Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico debuts its long-awaited production, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. It tells the life story of Apple’s co-founder and most iconic CEO in a way no biography has done before.

Today in Apple history: World’s first third-party iPhone app arrives

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Hello World
An intrepid hacker gets the iPhone to say "hello." While the message is simple, the meaning is profound.
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July 20 Today in Apple history July 20, 2007: Just a month after the original iPhone goes on sale, the first app gets compiled and launched for the new platform.

Called “Hello World,” the software serves more as a proof of concept than a serious tool. But it demonstrates that third-party apps will become a cornerstone of the new iPhone economy. It’s a shame Apple doesn’t get the memo.

Today in Apple history: iMac G4 gets super-size screen

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The iMac G4 brings a "breathtaking" giant screen to desktops everywhere.
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July 17 Today in Apple history July 17, 2002: Apple ships a new super-sized iMac G4, offering a 17-inch widescreen LCD display that becomes the envy of most computer users at the time.

“The best consumer desktop just got even better,” says Steve Jobs of Apple’s new all-in-one computer. “Having this gorgeous 17-inch flat screen floating in mid-air right in front of you is simply breathtaking. There’s nothing like it in the PC world.” He wasn’t wrong!

Why even audiophiles are hyped for HomePod, this week on The CultCast

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Even audiophiles are surprised by HomePod.
Even audiophiles are surprised by HomePod.
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This week on The CultCast: The magic of HomePod! We’ll tell you about the built-in audio tech that’s getting even the most ardent audiophiles hyped about Apple’s upcoming smart speaker.

Plus: Why iPhone 8’s biggest features may be disabled at launch; how you can grab Apple’s new back-to-school promo without being in college; the fascinating story behind Steve Jobs’ iconic turtleneck; more of iOS 11’s best unknown features; and we wrap with the heartwarming story of why Jobs insisted on always buying his friends’ lunches.

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Rare photo shows Steve Jobs rocking Beats headphones

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Did Steve Jobs like Beats headphones?
Photo: Beats

Apple acquired Beats a few years after co-founder Steve Jobs’ death, but a rare photo has surfaced showing the former Apple CEO rocking a pair of ugly Beats headphones.

Jobs had some familiarity with the Beats brand before Apple eventually bought it. As part of the new HBO documentary, “The Defiant Ones”, Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine says he insisted all his friends test out the new headphones his company was developing. One of those friends was Steve Jobs, who was photographed wearing the headphones in a rarely seen picture:

Check out Jobs rocking the ugly headphones:

Today in Apple history: ‘Antennagate’ scandal hits its peak

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Were you affected by Antennagate?
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July 12 Today in Apple history July 12, 2010: The iPhone 4 suffers a major blow when respected trade publication Consumer Reports says it can’t, in good faith, recommend the new Apple smartphone.

The reason the magazine refuses to give its vaunted “recommended” label to the previously top-ranked device? A little Apple scandal called “Antennagate.”

How Apple Park is like Steve Jobs’ ill-fated NeXT Computer

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Both examples of hubris on their creator's part?
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Apple Park is a physical manifestation of Steve Jobs’ undying hubris, a monument to fussy perfectionism that’s as crazy as his NeXT Computer, the not-entirely-successful computer he launched after being booted from Apple in 1985.

That’s the premise of a new Bloomberg op-ed, which draws parallels between the new Apple campus and one of Jobs’ most notorious tech launches. It’s interesting, but ultimately wrong. Here’s why.