Here's why your MacBook features an ancient heraldic symbol

It's not a huge exaggeration to say that it would be hard to imagine life without the humble Command key on Macs. The Apple equivalent of 'Control' is used as a modifier key in some of the most frequent key combinations that save us time in everything from basic word processing to Photoshop shortcuts and more. 

It's present on the best keyboards for Mac and the Magic Keyboard for iPad. But there's a question many never think to ask: why is Apple Command key marked with a heraldic knot?

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.