Apple flies pirate flag to commemorate 40th anniversary

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Date: Friday, April 1st, 2016, 12:47
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You can still rock the pirate flag on occasion.

On April 1st, 2016, Apple marked its 40th anniversary by flying its pirate flag over its Cupertino headquarters in a tribute to the first-generation Macintosh team headed by company co-founder Steve Jobs.

The flag resembles a stereotypical pirate flag, with the notable difference of a rainbow Apple “eyepatch.” It was originally hoisted by the Mac team in 1983, sewn together by programmer Steve Capps with an emblem painted by graphic designer Susan Kare.


The gesture references an infamous Steve Jobs quote, Jobs stating that “It’s better to be a pirate than join the navy,” and also marked the Mac team’s arrival in a new office building.

Apple also released the following tribute video, which highlighted 40 years of Apple history in 40 seconds. CEO Tim Cook also noted that it would probably be the last event held at its current headquarters Town Hall, since the company is hoping to move into its giant “Campus 2” space in early 2017. That facility includes a much larger 1,000-seat theater.

That being said, happy April Fool’s Day, happy 40th anniversary to Apple and have a great weekend!

Via AppleInsider and Michael Jurewitz Twitter

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