Top 10 Things You Don't Know About Apple

Ever heard of "Dogcow?" Early Apple users probably have, as she — yes she — was included in the Cairo font as part of the original Macintosh.

After the Cairo font was discontinued, Dogcow lived on with LaserWriter Driver 4.0 and then became a sort of mascot for the Apple tech staff.

Designed by Susan Kare, Clarus — Dogcow's given name — makes a "moof" sound and was found on all versions of the Mac operating system until OS X. In the late 1980s, she surged in popularity and started to be used by other developer groups — even Microsoft once used Dogcow in an advertisement.

As you could guess, Apple was none to fond of this, and the tech staff decided to write a Technical Note to stop the misuse. Later on, Technical Note #31 was included on the first Apple Developer CDs as an Easter egg, and Apple even registered trademarks for both Clarus the Dogcow, and her "moof" sound.

5. The Name "Macintosh" Was Inspired by an Apple

It's often cited that the Apple Lisa was named after Steve Jobs' daughter, but where did the name "Macintosh" come from? Apple employee Jef Raskin is responsible for coining the machine after his favorite variety of apple, smartly tying the whole fruit theme together.

Macintosh was just a code-name, and Steve Jobs is said to have tried to change the project's name to "Bicycle" while the McIntosh-loving staffer was out of office. But Raskin clearly knew a good name when he coined it, as Macintosh just had too much staying power and stuck right to the end of the product cycle.

Where Did the Name 'iPod' Come From?

6. Apple Made the First Mass-Market Color Digital Camera

Back in 1994, Apple actually launched the first mass-market color digital camera in the U.S. The Apple QuickTake 100 could snap an amazing eight photographs and connected to a Mac via a serial cable.

It cost $749, which is about the equivalent of $1,000 today, which seems ridiculous for a camera boasting less than one megapixel resolution and no digital display.

The QuickTake line expanded to two more models before Steve Jobs shut it down in 1997 when he returned to the helm at Apple and streamlined its product line.

7. The Name "iPod" Was Inspired By 2001: A Space Odyssey

Clever copywriter Vinnie Chieco is credited with coming up with the iPod name as part of a team assembled by Jobs to create a consumer-friendly moniker for the new device.

The story goes that Jobs had already decided the MP3 player's tag-line was to be "1,000 songs in your pocket," which left naming options wide open since it wouldn't have to explicitly refer something music related.

"As soon as I saw the white iPod, I thought 2001," Chieco told Wired in 2006. "Open the pod bay door, Hal! Then it was just a matter of adding the 'i' prefix, as in 'iMac.'"

Of course, Hal has another place in Apple history, in the sinister Y2K warning ad that Apple aired to advertise the fact that Macs would not implode with the whole 2000 switchover, unlike those pesky PCs people insisted on using. Oh wait…

8. The First iPod Had A Secret Easter Egg

Apple's first iPod came with a little secret — an Easter egg — in the form of a game that could be accessed if you knew the right combination of buttons to press.

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