That Rembrandt guy? Apple CEO Tim Cook sees iPhone in a painting from 1670, of course gets painter's name wrong

Man hands a letter to a woman in a hall, by Pieter de Hooch

Man hands a letter to a woman in a hall, by Pieter de Hooch


Hey, did you know people used iPhones back in 1670?

Well, at least that's what Tim Cook saw in a picture by famous Dutch Golden Age painter Pieter de Hooch.

"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 explained in jest.

Well, we're not all that surprised that Tim Cook got the name of the painter wrong and 'some Rembrandt' is some way to put it, but hey, seeing an iPhone in a 350-year-old painting is what they call professional bias. The weird thing in this case is not that Tim Cook saw an iPhone in that painting, it's that we ourselves kind of think that letter resembles a modern smartphone. 

Do you also see a phone in that picture?

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26 Comments

6. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Anyone else read his quote with a very flamboyant gay voice? I did. It's the wording, not that it's Tim Cook.

8. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

You are a retard, and not funny.

15. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Oh, you're a millennial. How cute. Our generation can't say anything b/c of you brats. Did you notice I said it's NOT b/c it's Tim Cook who is gay?

23. aegislash

Posts: 1430; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

'our generation can't say anything b/c of you brats' What the heck? You're free to say whatever you want, but we're also free to say people like you are jackasses for finding offensive things funny.

24. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I think you got confused as to who was offended here chief.

25. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

You're just trying to be a cutesy a**hole, and succeeding royally. You'd never have the b@lls to say it to Tim Cooks face, so shut the f-ck up. And yes retard, the whole "gay" thing was your inference towards Tim Cook.

26. TmoRep

Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 20, 2016

Not defending natypes, but aren't you just as bad as he is using "retard" in a derogative way? If you're going to be politically correct; do it on all levels.

33. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I KNOW Tim Cook is gay. I also KNOW he isn't extremely flamboyant. That's why I thought it worth mentioning and funny, the wording was more "gay" than he usually talks. Jesus fuk you need to calm down. I decide what my inference is, not you kid.

27. AlikMalix unregistered

Natypes, is right stop getting offended left and right. Everyone has the right to be bigoted, racist, or w/e. It should be their own choice - not someone else's. I don't condone what racists are about, but I have no right to tell them to be something they're not (sounds familiar?) You can debate that what he said is offensive and that is true, but you can't say he's not allowed to say anything offensive. The fact that you used the word "retard" makes you offensive to those that really have retardation as a mental illness. Pot calling cattle. I always say: if you're offended, grow a thicker skin - it will make you a better man/woman.

7. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5474; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

So their patent on rounded corners and stuff is no longer valid, because of prior art ;)

16. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1250; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Nice One :-)

28. AlikMalix unregistered

Ouch!!!

9. GreenMan

Posts: 2688; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Sometimes; I wish I'd go back to 60's and show-off my Nexus 5 around...!!! Blow their minds away... And since past, present & future co-exist according to some scientists; I ought to get 5 Bars of 4G Internet even in the 60's...!!! People would be blown away by just WIKIPEDIA & YOUTUBE alone...!!! All the information; just a click (or tap) away...!

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

you'll be burned alive, cause of witchcraft and stuff

12. GreenMan

Posts: 2688; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@ibend Ah! Sorcery, eh?! Yes, there is certainly a possibility... But I'm willing to take the risk it takes...!

29. AlikMalix unregistered

Yes because in the 60's is when they burned you for witchcraft. /s

13. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Would take a modern era tank instead thats would literally blow them away lol.

30. xocomaox

Posts: 195; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

Nexus 5?

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

so... any rectangle shaped stuff in someone's palm is iPhone? just wait until he said that Liberty statue actually hold an iPad Pro.. or some random cave paint is actually Mac Pro..

18. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi will get sued.

17. Shocky unregistered

It's a card or piece of paper. Are people so obsessed these days that every rectangular object with rounded corners resembles an iPhone?

19. matistight

Posts: 901; Member since: May 13, 2009

I wear a Moto 360 (circular smart watch) and wayyy before the apple watch came out (even to this day) people would ask if it was the apple watch. People nowadays are uneducated idiots.

20. TmoRep

Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 20, 2016

Wasn't showing your ankles in that day and age considered distasteful or is it only maids that were aloud?

21. jogars28

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

It can't be Iphone,the bezels are smaller

22. GreenMan

Posts: 2688; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

BTW, It looks more like a 'Feature Phone' than an iPhone...! Oh well...

32. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Tim Cook is just trying to say, that iPhone has never changed since 1670. They are still using the same garbage as they did in the past.

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