Snippet: Millionth iMac’s Golden Ticket ☇

Shared on April 26, 2012

Ken Segall’s new book, Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple’s Success, features a number of stories about the late Steve Jobs, and I thought the idea of having a Willy Wonka-esque celebration for the millionth iMac (back when they were bondi blue and had CRTs) was especially interesting. Let’s just hope a meme doesn’t start about it:

Steve’s idea was to do a Willy Wonka with it. Just as Wonka did in the movie, Steve wanted to put a golden certificate representing the millionth iMac inside the box of one iMac, and publicize that fact. Whoever opened the lucky iMac box would be refunded the purchase price and be flown to Cupertino, where he or she (and, presumably, the accompanying family) would be taken on a tour of the Apple campus.

Steve had already instructed his internal creative group to design a prototype golden certificate, which he shared with us. But the killer was that Steve wanted to go all out on this. He wanted to meet the lucky winner in full Willy Wonka garb. Yes, complete with top hat and tails.

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