If you are familiar with how the famous animated sitcom, “The Simpsons,” has predicted future events that have not happened yet when its episodes were aired – such as the pandemic, FaceTime, and smartwatches, among many others – Apple is seemingly joining the bandwagon but in a different approach. 

Blast from the past

Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, once traveled to Amsterdam in the Netherlands, visited the art gallery at Rijksmuseum, and stumbled upon a painting that appears to show an iPhone. Is time travel real?

“There was an iPhone in one of the paintings,” he said.

The painting, titled “Man Handing a Letter to a Woman in the Entrance Hall,” was by Pieter de Hooch, a Dutch painter known for its genre works of tranquil domestic scenes with an open doorway. 

The controversial “Man Handing a Letter to a Woman in the Entrance Hall” painting showing an iPhone features a domestic scene painted against the backdrop of a canal in Amsterdam. 

The man in the painting is seemingly holding an iPhone in his hands and about to give it to a woman sitting on a chair beside him. 

The title, nevertheless, is quite loud, saying it is not an iPhone but a letter. Besides, looking at the painting’s detail, no Apple icon is even seen or clear. 

But it is baffling people, including the Apple CEO.

Did Apple really invent the iPhone? 

People asked him about the painting in a press conference, where he quipped he was “not so sure” anymore whether Apple really invented and created the iPhone. 

“I always thought I knew when the iPhone was invented, but now I’m not so sure anymore,” Cook said. “It’s tough to see but I swear it’s there.”

Not the first instance

That was not the first instance an “iPhone” was spotted on paintings created several years ago. 

There was an artwork from the 1900s titled “Mr. Pynchon and the Settling of Springfield,” wherein a man in the painting is holding a tiny black rectangular object that resembles an iPhone, looking directly at it as if he is taking a selfie. 

“Mr. Pynchon and the Settling of Springfield” was by Umberto Romano, an Italian artist who completed it in 1937. The painting depicts the arrival of settlers during the 17th century.

But wait, there’s more. Another instance of an “iPhone” appearing in an old painting was in “The Expected One” by Ferdinand George Waldmüller, who completed the artwork in 1860. The painting shows a girl lost in her “iPhone” as she walks on the fields. However, the object is actually a prayer book.

These things are pretty eerie, right? Are you also baffled?

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