Ever since the first Mac was sold back in 1984, Apple’s computer line has emitted a beep or chime when starting up. It’s kind of a way of saying “Hello” to you while letting you know that the computer is going to start going through its boot process. That startup chime is now a registered trademark according to a post on Patently Apple.
The startup chime is referred to by the US Patent and Trademark Office as a “sensory mark,” and was defined on Apple’s original trademark application as “a sound mark consisting of a slightly flat (by approximately 30 cents) G flat/F sharp major chord. Want to annoy your friends or family by playing that startup chime over and over, ad infinitum? You can download it from the USPTO here.
Apple’s Mac startup chime now a registered trademark originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 12 Dec 2012 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.