Apple Park visitor center opens doors to the public

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They're not waiting for the iPhone X.
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Apple opened the doors to the visitor center at Apple Park to the public this morning. And of course, there was a line to get in.

Construction is still being completed on the main campus but you can now get a first-hand view of the campus at the visitors center. The newly opened building looks a lot like a regular Apple store on the inside, except it features some products you can only buy at Apple Park.

Today in Apple history: Apple’s ‘unreleased’ Mac OS ships to devs

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Remember Mac OS Copland? Probably not from using it.
Remember Mac OS Copland? Probably not from using it.
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November 17: Today in Apple history: Mac OS Copland November 17, 1995: Apple releases the first beta version of its new Copland operating system to around 50 Mac developers.

Not so much a Mac OS update as a totally new operating system, it offers next-gen features and promises to help Apple take on the then-mighty Windows 95. Sadly, it will never reach the public.

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs secures Macintosh name

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Part 2: Macworld-founder David Bunnell tells of seeing the Mac for the first time, and why Steve Jobs parks in handicapped spaces.
Steve Jobs sweet-talked an audio company exec to land the name "Macintosh."
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November 16: Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs secures Macintosh name November 16, 1982: Intent on calling Apple’s upcoming personal computer the “Macintosh,” Steve Jobs pens an impassioned plea to audio company McIntosh Laboratory asking permission to use the name.

You probably know how the resulting discussions ultimately turned out!

Today in Apple history: iPad Pro makes its debut

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The iPad Pro isn't ready to compete with Intel Macs... yet.
The iPad Pro was a big step forward for the iPad.
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November 11: Today in Apple history: iPad Pro debuts November 11, 2015: Apple’s first iPad Pro goes on sale after months of speculation about the giant-size tablet.

With its much larger screen, professional-oriented targeting and dreaded (optional) stylus, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro represents Apple CEO Tim Cook’s cleanest break yet from Steve Jobs’ vision for iOS devices.

And it turned out to be all the better for it!

Jony Ive talks iPhone X and Apple Park in new interview

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Hundreds of trees are being planted at Apple HQ.
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The iPhone X will gain new functionality over the next year, according to Apple design boss Jony Ive.

In a new interview with design magazine Wallpaper, Ive discussed the challenges of designing in an age when products can be unfixed and fluid. With the edge-to-edge screen on the iPhone X, Apple’s now creating objects that don’t even look like they were designed, which is exactly what excites Ive.

Today in Apple history: Gil Amelio joins Apple’s board

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Bringing on Gil Amelio was viewed as a big coup for the Apple board.
Bringing on Gil Amelio was viewed as a big coup for the Apple board.
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November 9: Today in Apple history: Gil Amelio joins Apple board of directors November 9, 1994: Gil Amelio, a businessman with a reputation as a talented turnaround artist, joins Apple’s board.

Coming off his impressive revitalization of National Semiconductor and Rockwell International, Amelio’s appointment at Apple sparks widespread celebration. Many Apple watchers think his arrival means the company’s dark days are over.

Sadly, Amelio’s turnaround tricks won’t work in Cupertino.

Today in Apple history: iTunes sales hit astonishing new heights

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iTunes coming to Windows proved a smart move for Apple.
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November 6 Today in Apple historyNovember 6, 2003: After porting iTunes to Windows, Apple sets a new record for digital music sales: a massive 1.5 million downloads in one week.

Bringing iTunes to PC users opens up a new, lucrative market for Apple. The record-breaking sales clock in at five times more than the 300,000 downloads Napster (remember it?) achieved in its debut week. And 1.5 million sales is double the 600,000 iTunes downloads per week Apple reported selling to Mac users prior to the Windows release.

Today in Apple history: Fortune names Steve Jobs ‘CEO of the decade’

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Steve Jobs was rounding out a brilliant 10 years at Apple.
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November 5: Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs CEO of the decade November 5, 2009: Fortune magazine names Steve Jobs “CEO of the decade.” The accolade comes just four months after Jobs returned to Apple after undergoing a liver transplant.

The print publication credits Jobs with transforming multiple industries, as well as continuing Apple’s meteoric rise. These achievements seem particularly noteworthy considering the tough economic conditions of the 2008 financial crash.

Today in Apple history: Apple begins retail venture inside CompUSA

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Desiring more control over how Macs got sold, Apple turned to CompUSA.
Desiring more control over how Macs got sold, Apple turned to CompUSA.
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November 4: Today in Apple history: Apple CompUSA November 4, 1997: Apple unveils its plan to open small “store within a store” sections inside CompUSA outlets around the United States.

In a step toward the flagship Apple stores that would launch four years later, Cupertino-trained employees staff these mini-stores. The move gives Apple a bit more control over the way its products get displayed and demoed to consumers.