An original iPhone from 2007 that is in good condition or even in its new packaging is a rarity. A very special “Apple product” is probably even rarer, because you can’t just buy it. It is reserved for very loyal employees of the iPhone manufacturer.
In contrast to the iPhone, this pretty part from Apple is not really publicly known. It is also correspondingly rare. In a new one YouTube video we, who are not chosen, may marvel at it now – Apple’s brilliant “10-year award”.
Can’t you buy: Apple’s special aluminum block
The massive Aluminum block you can’t just buy it somewhere, you have to earn it. What do you have to do for it? Working for Apple for at least 10 years. If you reach this milestone, you will be presented with this very special award from Apple.
The enclosed letter of thanks reveals even more. This tells us that the block is made from the same 6000 series aluminum that Apple uses to make their other products. However, the manufacturer does not use any new material for this, instead Leftovers from the production process collected and reprocessed to obtain a 100 percent recycled alloy.
But this is just the beginning of a production process, Apple continues: “The alloy is cast into long billets, then each billet is cut into blocks that are machined to final size. The surface is finely blasted and the edges are diamond ground. The block is then anodized to seal the surface and form a protective layer. Finally, a stainless steel Apple logo is placed in the center.”
Apple’s latest products made from the material mentioned – you can buy them:
Words of thanks from the Apple boss
Quite a lot of effort for an employee award. In addition, the long-standing employees will then receive a few more warm words from Apple boss Tim Cook himself, quote (translated):
“Congratulations on reaching this milestone. The work you’ve done, the challenges you’ve overcome, and the breakthroughs you’ve made possible – it all adds up to a profound and lasting contribution to Apple’s mission to change the world for the better.
On behalf of everyone at Apple, thank you for everything you’ve done along our journey together.”
Good to know: There are probably slightly modified versions of these awards for employees who have been with the company for 20 or even 30 years. Apple is said to have been using the aluminum block since 2020 or 2021, before that there was a similar award made of crystal.