Apple at WWDC: ‘Seoul, start your photocopiers’ [update: image is a fake]

Apple is hanging banners at WWDC in San Franciso’s Moscone Center.

A MacDailyNews reader sent us a photo that actually brought a tear to our eyes because, basically, it’s so “Steve.”

“Seoul, start your photocopiers.”

MacDailyNews Note: UPDATE: 8:15pm EDT: The image below is a fake. Too “Steve” to be true, sadly. Dry eyes all around.

Seoul, start your photocopiers

The actual image, for iOS 8, via 9to5Mac:
WWDC 2014: iOS 8

For background, Apple hung similar banners at WWDC 2004 (not fake):

“Redmond, start your photocopiers.”

Redmond, start your photocopiers.


    1. There must be something in the pipeline for Apple to hang up that banner. Also analysts all upgrade AAPL to $700+, they must know something but we don’t know of.

  1. Is that a photoshopped image? It looks the same as the iOS banner with 8 picture I’ve seen other sites have posted. Everything in the background is in the same place.

  2. Seoul is a very large and diverse place, compared to “Redmond” (which is basically Microsoft). According to Wikipedia, it’s the “world’s second largest metropolitan area with over 25.6 million people.” Using “Seoul” as a stand in for “Samsung” is probably insulting to a lot of people. Half of the people in South Korea live in that area. I wouldn’t want to be accused of being pathologically obsessive imitators “by association.”

    While this is funny (for someone who knows the “history” of that phrase), Apple should know better…

      1. Or something… That seems a bit high to be believable. According to Wikipedia, “Samsung’s revenue was equal to 17% of South Korea’s $1,082 billion GDP.”

        But even if it’s 40%, 40% of South Koreans do not work for Samsung. We are talking about (unintentionally) insulting people, not money. And doing so (for a joke) makes Apple look a bit unsophisticated and unworldly (which Apple is definitely NOT).

    1. Oh get over it.

      I take offense that you said Redmond was basically Microsoft. Have you ever been there? It’s not and have you ever heard of Boeing?

      1. That just proves my point that (if this was real), it would insult the people of Seoul in general, as being obsessive copycats without any originality. Glad it’s fake. It’s beneath Apple…

        1. You “could care less”? How much less? You could care…. a little bit less? A lot less?

          The idea is that one has reached the ultimately lowest point of caring, and therefore it is not possible to care less… which, grammatically, has to be, “I COULDN’T care less.”

          I like to quibble with nuances of grammar, but this isn’t even anywhere close to a nuance. It means the exact opposite of the intended meaning! Come on, ‘merikuns, don’t LOOSE your respect for your native language.

    2. It’s not exactly meant to be taken literally now is it? I doubt that Apple think that Samsung or Microsoft actually used photocopiers to copy anything they’ve done.

  3. Glad that photo was fake. That’d be stooping to SameDung’s level or even below. You have to remember that Apple actually does fairly well in Seoul and in Korea in general despite it being SameDung’s turf. There are many Apple fanatics in Seoul as well. Trust me; as a Korean-American who visits Korea on a regular basis, SameDung has many haters there too.

  4. I paid a visit to see the WWDC setup. That sign would have been epic. Too bad I’m not going this year. However with that said, it is difficult to get into the keynote regardless. Either we skip it all together, or we end up in overflow seating. – Missing Steve

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