Tim Cook thinks nearly 350-year-old painting shows an iPhone
If you thought you were ahead of the curve when you got an iPhone in 2007, think again.
Tim Cook, also known as the head honcho at Apple, revealed in an interview on Tuesday that he recently spotted one of his beloved devices in a woman's hand in a painting from 1670.
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His lighthearted confession came when he was asked about the origins of the iPhone by an interviewer at the Start-up Fest in Amsterdam. The CEO explained that he happened to visit the Rijksmuseum museum the night before, where he spotted the 17th-century find.
"You know, I thought I knew until last night. Last night Neelie took me over to look at some Rembrandt and in one of the paintings I was so shocked. There was an iPhone in one of the paintings," Cook said.
When met with giggles and perplexed faces from the audience, he explained, "It's tough to see but I swear it's there. I always thought I knew when the iPhone was invented, but now I'm not so sure anymore."
The image in question was spotted in the painting, "Man Hands a Letter to a Woman in a Hall," which was created in 1670 by Dutch painter Pieter de Hooch.
While the item in the woman's hand would logically be a letter -- hence the paintings name -- it's hard to disagree that the envelope resembles the iconic iOS device that we have all come to know and love.