Jonas sees the apple change color in mid-air and perceives its red appearance for the first time.
In chapter 3, Jonas recalls a time when he casually took an apple out a basket in the recreation area and threw it to his friend, Asher. Asher then tossed the apple back to Jonas, and the boys began playing an innocent game of catch. However, Jonas noticed something strange happen to the apple and mentions that the apple began to change whenever Asher tossed it. Jonas then held onto the apple and focused closely on its appearance, but remembers it looking like a typical apple.
At this point in the novel, Jonas is not aware of why he noticed the apple change color. Later on in the novel, the Giver explains to Jonas that he possesses the Capacity to See Beyond, which is essentially the ability to see in color. In Jonas's society, the rest of the citizens can only perceive various shades of gray, so this distinguishes Jonas from the rest of the community.