No, Not That Apple

Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden by Wenzel Peter

Because we’re a Bible software company and because we produce software for Apple devices (iOS and macOS), we sometimes hear from people who are concerned because of Apple’s deep connections to evil and the influences of Satan. The most frequent evidence cited is the Apple logo, which is clearly the same apple from which Eve took a bite before handing it off to her husband, thus condemning all of humanity.

First of all, the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil was not an apple. Apples grow on apple trees. You’ve never seen a Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, so you don’t know what its fruit looks like. Or tastes like. And the Bible just says “the fruit”, not “the apple”.

So we could stop there and move on to a more useful topic. But let’s continue.

The Original Logo

Ignoring for a moment that there was no apple in the story of the fall in Genesis 3, and therefore the Apple apple could not refer to the Eden “apple”, it’s reasonable to ask, “Then where did the Apple logo come from?”

The original logo of Apple Computer Co. was this woodcut. In it, we see Sir Isaac Newton about to “discover” gravity when an apple falls on his head. The story is undoubtedly apocryphal, but, just like we imagine naked Adam and Eve gorging themselves on apples behind conveniently arranged foliage, the image of Sir Isaac Newton sitting under an apple tree in his Sunday best while reading a book is how we imagine gravity being discovered.

The falling apple inspired Newton to think about gravity. The name “Apple Computer Co.” stands for inspiration and discovery. That’s what the company wanted to be identified with. Hence the incorporation of the apple (and Isaac Newton — a God-fearing Christian, by the way) into Apple’s logo.

The Modern Logo

Very early in their history, the folks at Apple discovered it was difficult to reproduce this complex image on their products. So they reduced it to the essential image of the silhouette of an apple with a bite taken out of it.

“Aha!” you might exclaim. “That’s the bite by which Eve disobeyed God!” You would exclaim that right before I smacked you upside the head and reminded you that the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil was not an apple, but rather was the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

No, the bite out of the Apple logo apple serves three purposes. First, it distinguishes the silhouetted apple from the similar-looking cherry (which is also not the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, by the way). Second, it is a play on the word “byte”, the technical term for 8 bits of computer memory*. Finally, it is an homage to famed computer science pioneer Alan Turing, who died by his own hand and was found with a half-eaten apple at his bedside.

As tempting as it is to don my tinfoil hat and go looking for conspiracies behind every (apple) tree, I’m not biting. Not on this one. Sorry.

* A byte is 8 bits of memory. A half-byte (4 bits) is called a nybble. Yes, we computer nerds are a witty lot.

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1 year ago

Apple software is based on BSD UNIX which AT&T, Cisco, Microsoft Azure, and many other companies use.

Android is based on Linux.

UNIX and Linux both have questionable politics associated with them but to boycott them, we would have to get rid our our Wi-Fi routers and internet access.

Tech companies employ a lot of Christians and I imagine it is the reason why God allows them to succeed.

1 year ago

I am happy to see you address things that so often get our fellow members of the Christian Church all twisted up in knots. I love Jesus and I love His people, but… we gotta stop majoring in the minors (so to speak). Life is too short and our mission is too big to get derailed over what we imagine matters to Him, and, instead, get into the Word and see what truly does matter to Him – people; not rules and legalism.

11 months ago

Another “interesting” piece of information concerning the Apple logo: the “stem” of the apple in the logo is the “missing” bite… The logo basically takes that “bite” away from the body of the apple, and uses it as the apple’s stem. Once you see it, you can’t “unsee” it…

Marie Seltenrych
11 months ago

I am smiling from ear to ear. I love this post and definitely give it 5 stars. I do love my new Apple iphone though and will not give that away in a hurry_ Yesterday I was given a card for my 75th birthday! It was very funny_ A frozen computer_ “You must have left windows open!” “How did you fix it?” _ “I logged on to hotmail”
Regarding the fictional Apple in the garden I did some research and perhaps it may have been a pink banana that grows in the Arabian gulf! Also, it had seeds and was a very old plant_ It was also very pretty to look at_ from a female perspective_ Thanks for the funny and instructional post “No, Not that Apple”

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