Tag - NeXT
We've said this before on our weekly slice-by-slice delving into Apple history, but even when the products are incredibly important, it's the people who made them that are the most interesting. That's true right from the start, with Steve Jobs, Ronald Wayne, and Steve Wozniak in 1976 to Tim Cook, Jony Ive, and more in 2016. For this week of June 11 through 17 across all those years, though, it is the personal and the individual stories that leap out.
AT&T is streamlining its device payment plans, switching from four different options for customers to pay for their smartphones to a selection of just two. Starting from June 9, the AT&T Next with Down Payment, Next 12, Next 18, and Next 24 plans will be replaced by a pair of plans, one confusingly called AT&T Next, and another which will offer an accelerated upgrade rate compared to Next called Next Every Year.
A bit under a quarter of a century ago now, I was at the UK press launch for FireWire. It's a cable. I remember sitting in the audience as a speaker explained why I should be thrilled and I remember one single two-foot sample of FireWire cable being passed amongst us journalists. I remember it less because it was a Woodstock moment and more because I looked at this cable having no clue what I should be seeing and instead just passing it on to the next man or woman in the row. I probably said something about how I mustn't hog it all to myself.
You know that over its 40-year history, Apple has had its ups and downs. What we didn't appreciate, until we started slicing through those decades week by week, was that there would be weeks that seemed just a bit cursed. Yet alongside the plane crash that changed everything, alongside Black Tuesday at NeXT, and alongside the failure of the Apple III, this week also saw the famous autographing of the Macintosh.
In 2001, Apple introduced OS X: a completely revamped and UNIX-based operating system which gave the platform some much-needed technologies to the Mac that Mac OS couldn't. It represented a clean break from Mac OS 9, and it is what has kept me in the Apple camp. While OS X -- with its children and grandchildren OSes iOS, watchOS and most recently tvOS -- still forms the basis of Apple's OS strategy, given its age of 26 years (counting from the first public release of NeXTSTEP, which was fused with some Mac OS technologies to give birth to OS X) I was thinking: what would replace Apple's current OSes?
In apparent response to a question that compared the computer and Internet revolution of the 80s and 90s to a new Renaissance, a never-publicly-seen video of Steve Jobs in 1994 -- while he was still with NeXT -- sees the bearded and reflective Apple co-founder commenting on his likely legacy and the place of the industry he helped create. The video was uploaded to a YouTube channel called "EverySteveJobsVideo" on Tuesday and comes from the Silicon Valley Historical Association.
A little-seen documentary focusing on Steve Jobs in the mid-80s, after his departure from Apple and during the period when he was building NeXT, has been posted to YouTube by the original filmmaker. The film (called Steve Jobs: Keeper of the Vision) covers the areas of building the company that Jobs thought important, including the creation of the NeXT logo, mission statement and how the company was run. The 20-minute film covers only the first six months of NeXT's existence, and shows the company in its formative stages.
Apple's former Senior VP of Mac OS Software Bertrand Serlet has joined the board of directors at Parallels, the virtualization software company in a non-executive role. Serlet, who did stints involving both science and programming at Xerox PARC as well as Steve Jobs' former company NeXT, left Apple last year to focus "less on products and more on science." His role at Parallels will be to help supply additional vision and direction for both its flagship product and its server-management tools.
Following its limited theatrical release in May, the documentary feature Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview has now been made available on iTunes for a $4 rental. The option to purchase it has not been enabled. The film focuses on Jobs talking about his life and career in 1995 and just months ahead of Apple acquiring NeXT and returning Jobs to the helm of the company.
A journalist writing for Fast Company, Rob Schlender, says he has discovered hours of unreleased audio interviews with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. In all the interviews span a period of 25 years. "Many [tapes] I had never replayed -- a couple hadn't even been transcribed before now," says Schlender. "Some were interrupted by his kids bolting into the kitchen as we talked. During others, he would hit the pause button himself before saying something he feared might come back to bite him."