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Old Nov 6, 2007, 09:08 AM   #1
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How to contact Apple?

I am a full time inventor. And I sometimes come up with ideas which I'm never gonna use. Which someone will use. And I would prefer it to be Apple.

How do I get my ideas to Apple and MAKE SURE they get read?
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Old Nov 6, 2007, 09:09 AM   #2
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I believe it is Apple's policy to not accept unsolicited suggestions. You really ought to try and get hired as a consultant for that type of thing.
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you could do a project or so with a good invention, and then go look for a job in Apple, then you can already show them what kind of work you did.
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Old Nov 6, 2007, 11:43 AM   #4
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I believe it is Apple's policy to not accept unsolicited suggestions. You really ought to try and get hired as a consultant for that type of thing.
hmm interesting, how does one go about pitching for work as a consultant?

I have ideas that could irradicate spam. I have patentable UI elements of future Apple products I'm sure they are working on (or at least they should be).
I want to punch apple in the face and say "sort your social networking plans out", if they dont already have plans!
Oh and an ABSOLUTELY KILLER app for the ipod that would ensure its dominance, and increase its cool factor by 10!!!!!

But they are just sitting in my head, with no outlet for them. Scarred to death to mention them on a website unless another company that I dont have shares or long term interests in uses them instead.
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Old Nov 6, 2007, 12:57 PM   #5
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There are essentially 3 ways you get your idea to Apple:

-Post it everywhere. Hope they are interested, and out of good will work with you

-Get a job at Apple, then work your ideas into your projects.

-Form a company start-up, and hope Apple buys your technology and.or company

Most large companies will not even listen to suggestions. Here is why. Lets say you go to Apple and pitch your idea for the new iPod. Meanwhile, in Apple's labs, they are working on an identical product to what you suggest. Apple is in a lose-lose situation then. If they release the product, you can sue them claiming they stole your idea (which in fact they already had said idea). They cant buy the idea from you either, because they have no need for it.

Its just easy for them to have a no-solicitation policy than the legal problems raised by people suggesting things.
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Old Nov 6, 2007, 01:25 PM   #6
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"-Form a company start-up, and hope Apple buys your technology and.or company"

Ding. Especially since the barrier to entry is so low. Especially for one of the items mentioned, an iPod app.
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Old Nov 6, 2007, 01:45 PM   #7
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"-Form a company start-up, and hope Apple buys your technology and.or company"

Ding. Especially since the barrier to entry is so low. Especially for one of the items mentioned, an iPod app.
iPod app, requires access to the API, to a level that is currently only possibly comming in February. Even when (if) it gets here, part of the skillset required to nail it is quite specialized.
I could learn it, but by the time I have learnt the technology someone else will have developed it (knowing my luck, it has happened before).
I could hire someone in to do the tricky part, but I have been working on another invention for the last year which isnt rewarding me with money (yet).

Actually if anyone is interested in investing in anything, I have quite a list of goldmines up my sleeve, products in half states and no time (or money)to complete them.
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