In case you haven’t noticed this yet, an overwhelming number of iPhone and iPad advertisements and images sent out by Apple, Inc. will show 9:41 am on the display. Did you ever wonder why?
Apparently, it was just past 9:41 am when Steve Jobs first unveiled the iPhone to the world on June 29, 2007. Since then the company has followed this trend. Call it superstition, coincidence or whatever you like, but you’ll see the 9:41 am time on many, many iPhone and iPad images on the internet.
I’ve scoured the web to get you a few, but you can Google it yourself.
What about the Apple Watch?
Apple Watch typically shows 10:09, which follows a different system taken from a globally accepted practice. Watch faces, if you’ve ever noticed, usually show the time as 10:10. The purpose is to allow everything on the clock face to be seen clearly, most importantly the logo right under the 12 position.
This practice is not all that old, but Rolex has been doing this for a long time. Though this practice is merely for esthetic purposes, many have speculated that 10:10 was chosen because that’s when President Abraham Lincoln was shot, but most sources agree that it happened sometime between 10:13 and 10:15.
Another theory is that it was in memory of JFK, but he was shot at 12:30 pm so that’s out the window as well. People love to add deeper meaning to simple things, but the problem is that most of the time it’s just not true.
So why 10:09 on Apple Watch, then? One theory is that it follows the 10:10 practice, but wants to be slightly “ahead of the curve.” Another theory says that 10:09 is actually more symmetrical because the hour hand is already moving towards the 11 o’clock position.
Either way, Apple chose 10:09 as the preferred display time on all of its Apple Watch ads and 9:41 on other devices.
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