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A much wished-for iPhone feature

Apple iPhone 3GS

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?
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The first of the iApps

Apple iLife applications

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?
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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from Daily Apple Quiz! We’ll be back in a few days with more Apple trivia!

Funny math in Snow Leopard

Mac OS X 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?
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Apple launches QuickTime 4 and clogs the Internet

Apple QuickTime Player, version 4

Apple QuickTime Player, version 4. Image credit: Apple

Since Apple first launched QuickTime in 1991, it’s become the go-to solution for handling almost any audio, video and media task on both Macs and Windows PCs. Apple has promoted each new release of QuickTime in part by offering current movie trailers on its website.

One of the biggest releases in QuickTime history was version 4, released on June 8, 1999. It included a key feature: support for streaming media. This new feature meant that users could now play video over the Internet either from a file stored on a server or from a live broadcast right away — without waiting to download the entire video file.

What movie did Apple use to promote the launch of QuickTime 4, prompting a record-breaking 25 million downloads?
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The spiritual predecessor to Apple’s Safari web browser

Apple Safari

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?
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Apple in the living room

Apple TV

Apple TV. Image credit: Apple

Apple launched Apple TV, it’s small box-like media device in January of 2007. It features the ability to play media back on an HD television and access shared music and video libraries stored on a networked Mac.

But Apple TV wasn’t the first device with which the Cupertino-based company tried to work its way into the living rooms of its customers.

Which of the following devices did Apple release in partnership with another company in 1995 for playing CD-based multimedia titles while connected to a TV?
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The Hollywood debut of Justin Long (aka “Mac”)

The Get a Mac advertising campaign

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?
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Here’s to the Crazy Ones

Images from the Apple Crazy Ones TV Commercial

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?
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The “Switcher” who became an an Internet phenomenon

Ellen Feiss in Apple Switcher TV Commercial

Ellen Feiss in Apple “Switcher” TV Commercial

Prior to Apple’s “I’m a Mac. I’m a PC” series of television commercials, the company ran the “Switch” campaign beginning in 2002. The ads featured ex-Windows users discussing the assorted bad experiences that motivated them to switch to a Macintosh. Some of the ads featured celebrities such as Tony Hawk and Will Ferrell.

But of all the “Switchers”, Ellen Feiss was perhaps the most notable. A high school sophomore at the time, Feiss told the story of her Windows PC destroying a term paper she was writing. (“It’s kind of… a bummer.”)

When the "Switcher" ad featuring her first aired, why did Ellen Feiss gain immense notoriety overnight and become an Internet phenomenon?
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