Steve Jobs’ Famous Commencement Speech Is Hidden In Every Mac

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Every copy of OS X that Apple ships comes with a hidden file named Apple.txt that contains extracts from two popular speeches. Here’s how you can access the hidden file.

The file comes as a part of the Pages app. Macs that have been bought after September 2013 ship with all iWork apps, including Pages, preinstalled. The file doesn’t exist in older versions of Pages, but you can upgrade to the newest version of Pages for free with the Mac App Store.

Here’s how you access the file:

  • Open Finder, and press ⌘ + Shift + G to bring up the Go to Folder dialog. Now paste the path below in the textfield and press enter:
    • /Applications/

apple txt

  • The corresponding folder should open up, and you’ll see a file named Apple.txt. Open the file using Quick Look or your favorite text editor to see the Steve Jobs speeches.

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The file contains narration from Apple’s famous Think Different campaign, as well as Steve Jobs’ famous Stanford commencement speech.

Here’s the Think Different ad:

And here’s a video of Steve Jobs’ Stanford commencement speech delivered in 2005. It’s a brilliant speech, and you should watch it, if you haven’t already:

You can also run this command in to have OS X read out the speech for you:

cat /Applications/ | say

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