Apple CEO Tim cook jokingly said that he saw the iPhone in the picture, written in the XVII century. As reported by CNBC, he said Tuesday at the event Start-up Fest, taking place in Amsterdam.
Answering the question former European Commissioner for digital policy Neelie Kroes about how does cook where and when was invented the iPhone, Apple CEO said that he saw an object resembling a smartphone, one of the paintings in the Rijksmuseum, which he visited the day before.
“You know, before last night I thought I knew. Last night, Nelly took me to see the works of Rembrandt, and I was shocked at what I saw on one of the paintings. One of the paintings was the iPhone,” explained cook.
Cruz showed the audience a photo of the picture, but it was fuzzy. “It’s hard to see, but I swear he’s there,” cook said. “I always thought I knew when I invented the iPhone, but now I’m not so sure” — he added.
CNBC notes that in fact it was not about the painting of Rembrandt and the painting of the Dutch painter Pieter de Hooch, written in 1760. The picture is called “Man handing a letter to the woman in the hallway”. The letter in the man’s hand resembles iPhone.
The first iPhone went on sale in 2007. In March 2015 the presentation of the Apple Watch, cook said that just by the time it sold 700 million iPhones.
A painting by the Dutch painter Pieter de Hooch “a Man presents a letter to the woman in the hallway”