Here's why Apple is flying a pirate flag over its headquarters today

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Apple Celebrates 40th Birthday as Pirates

Flying high above Apple's Silicon Valley headquarters today is a pirate flag with the original Apple logo taking the place of where the skeleton's other eye should be.

This is because today is no ordinary day: It's Apple's 40th birthday.

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The flag bears much of the company's history and is symbolic of founder Steve Jobs' vision for Apple as it progressed into the future.

Jobs was known for loving and wanting to preserve the rebellious nature of Apple as a company. He didn't want to conform or ever stop being innovative.

One of his most known mantras was this:

"It's better to be a pirate than join the navy."​

In 1983, Jobs' team took this saying literally, and surprised him with this flag.

40 years later, it's safe to say that Jobs' original vision still rings true.

From the eagerly anticipated launch of the newest iPhone, to the company's refusal to unlock the San Bernardino shooter's phone, Apple has continued to embody everything the pirate flag represents.

So Happy Birthday, Apple and keep being rebellious!

Now take a look at the 11 greatest moments Apple's ever had on stage:

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The 11 greatest moments Apple's ever had on stage
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Here's why Apple is flying a pirate flag over its headquarters today

1. When Jobs returned to Apple in 1997, the crowd erupted with applause and cheer as he walked back on stage for the first time.

(Photo via YouTube)

2. The introduction of the first iMac was a milestone for Apple. It was the first computer that seemed cool and not focused on the enterprise. The crowd ate it up.

(Photo via YouTube)

3. The crowd went nuts when Jobs demonstrated how WiFi works back in 1999.

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4. Jobs showed the world the iPod for the first time at an intimate event in 2001.

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5. Conference attendees went ballistic when apple unveiled the iPhone in 2007.

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6. He even prank called Starbucks on stage and ordered 4000 lattes to show how well phone calls worked on the iPhone.

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7. Apple debuted the iPad in 2010 at half the price most people expected.

(Photo via YouTube)

8. One of Jobs' most memorable "one more thing" announcements was the first Facetime demo in 2010.

(Photo via YouTube)

9. Jobs perfectly summed up the company's approach to mobile with a simple image of a street sign.

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10. Apple CEO Tim Cook used Jobs' famous "one more thing" line for the first time when he unveiled the Apple Watch.

(Photo via YouTube)

11. When Apple bought Beats Electronics for $3 billion last year, Dr. Dre and renowned record executive Jimmy Lovine were brought on as official Apple employees.

(Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

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