A much wished-for iPhone feature

The Apple iPhone 3GS. Image credit: Apple

In June of 2009, at the mayhem and craziness that is the World Wide Developers Conference, Apple made some new product announcements (as it usually does). Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vic President for Product Marketing, took the stage (in place of Steve Jobs, who was still on medical leave) to demonstrate Mac OS X v10.6 “Snow Leopard” and several MacBook updates.

Apple also announced updates to the iPhone with the release of iPhone OS version 3.0, including one simple feature many users had really been waiting for.

What simple, much wished-for feature was finally added to the iPhone’s capabilities with the release of iPhone 3.0?

The first of the iApps

Apple’s iLife applications. Image credit: Apple

Apple’s iLife suite is a set of applications that is bundled for free with every new Mac. GarageBand, iPhoto, iMovie, iWeb and iDVD are all currently included in iLife.

Fully featured, easy-to-use, sophisticated pieces of software, these applications have helped attract new customers to the Mac platform. This contrasts with the crippled “trial” versions of software that often come pre-installed on Windows PCs. (Who really wants pre-installed software that requires you spend extra cash to access all of its features?)

Out of all the iApps now included with iLife, which was the FIRST to be released by Apple?

Funny math in Snow Leopard

Mac OS X Snow Leopard. Image credit: Apple

As with each new release of Mac OS X, Apple made incremental improvements to Snow Leopard. Some of the new features in Snow Leopard include support for Microsoft Exchange (without having to use Entourage), complete 64-bit computing and an accross-the board speed bump.

Which of the following changes having to do with “funny math” is actually a new feature in Snow Leopard?

The spiritual predecessor to Apple’s Safari web browser

Apple Safari. Image credit: Apple

Since the launch of Safari in 2003, Mac users haven’t had to settle for a slow web browsing experience. Then Firefox joined the party in 2004, and most recently, a beta version of Google’s Chrome web browser was released for Mac OS X.

Safari has been very successful for Apple. But back in 1996, Apple developed a piece of software that combined a number of Internet tools into one “Internet suite” application that didn’t last very long. This software included a web browser, e-mail client and newsreader, among other things.

What was the name of this short-lived suite of Internet applications developed by Apple?

The Hollywood debut of Justin Long (aka “Mac”)

The “Get a Mac” advertising campaign. Image credit: Apple

We’re on a little Apple advertising kick so far this week, and why not? We’re going to keep it rolling with a look of Apple’s current campaign.

Now in it’s fourth year, Apple’s “Get a Mac” TV advertising campaign employs the humor of “PC”, played by John Hodgman, interacting with laid-back “Mac”, played by Justin Long.

Long has made quite a few TV and movie appearances in addition to starring in the “Get a Mac” commercials. Some of his more notable big screen appearances include playing Justin in “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” and appearing as Brandon in “Zack and Miri Make a Porno”.

In which of the following movies did actor Justin Long make his feature-film debut?

Here’s to the Crazy Ones

Images from Apple’s “Crazy Ones” TV commercial, part of the “Think Different” campaign. Image credit: Apple

Recently, the folks over at Patently Apple pointed out that Apple renewed its “Think Different” trademark. (Does the company intend to work the “Think Different” tagline back into its communications?) Whatever the case may be, most Apple fans fondly remember this campaign that featured the award-winning “Crazy Ones” TV commercial.

Apple first aired the Think Different “Crazy Ones” TV commercial on September 28th, 1997, during the broadcast premiere of Toy Story. The ad was an attempt to associate Apple with the creativity of people making an impact on the twentieth century.

Which of the following famous personalities was NOT featured in a “Think Different” advertisement?

One missing Mac OS X app

Mac OS X v10.0 “Cheetah” – the first of the big cats

Even amidst the recent talk of Apple rejecting apps, there’s no doubt that the sheer variety and scale of applications available in the iTunes App Store has fueled the sales of the iPhone and iPod touch. The iPhone is great. The applications make it even better.

On a related note, when the first version of the Mac OS X (“Cheetah”) was released in 2001, Apple made a big deal about the fact that most major applications from OS 9 had been ported to the new operating system. Unfortunately for Apple there was one core group of users — a group of users quite loyal to the Mac platform — that was reluctant to upgrade because one core application hadn’t been ported to OS X.

Which application arrived really late to Mac OS X, causing many of those working in the design and publishing professions to postpone upgrading to “Cheetah”?

The Apple Store – success in the U.S. and abroad

The Apple Store on London’s Regent Street. Photo credit: jeffwilcox

In a telling illustration of just how difficult it has been for companies to compete head-to-head with Apple in the retail space, Nokia announced plans to close its retail store on London’s Regent Street — a store situated directly across from the Apple Store.

At the time it opened in 2004, the Apple Store on Regent Street store was the company’s first European location, and it reportedly now takes in more cash per square foot than the famous London department store Harrods. This is all the more impressive when you consider that the first 2 stores Apple opened anywhere were both opened in 2001.

Which of the following Apple Store locations were among the original 2 stores to open in the United States?