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Feature: the future of Apple operating systems and platforms

10/10, 3:49pm

Thinking about OS X, iOS ... and beyond

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?


Steve Jobs video from 1994 unearthed, shows reflections on legacy

06/18, 9:12pm

Jobs compared his work to 'a layer of sediment,' part of a mountain

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.


Formerly little-seen documentary on Jobs posted to YouTube

10/23, 6:16am

Mid-80s film chronicles create of NeXT

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.


Former Apple VP Bertrand Serlet joins Parallels board

07/17, 3:25am

PARC, NeXT veteran helped create OS X

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.


'Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview' up for rental on iTunes

07/03, 7:05am

Lost Steve Jobs interview dock on iTunes as $4 rental

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.


Journalist uncovers trove of unreleased Jobs interviews

04/18, 11:15am

Ouster from Apple forced Jobs to adapt

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."


World Wide Web marks 20th birthday with freedom, new limits

08/06, 1:15pm

Web hits 20 with new power but freedom fears

Saturday was a special occasion for the Internet as it represented the 20th anniversary for the World Wide Web. CERN scientist Tim Berners-Lee put forward plans on August 6, 1991 for Mesh, a system that would link documents to each other over the Internet. The proposal included now-commonplace concepts like hypertext, or the typical web link, as well as the possibility of linking directly to media online.


Sony to use variant of NeXT OpenStep for TVs, set-top boxes

11/24, 6:45pm

Company invites devs to participate in project

Sony has announced a new project that will allow developers to create applications for the company's TVs, set-top boxes and other devices. The Networked Application Platform is based on GNUstep, an open source variant of the OpenStep framework originally developed by NeXT before the company was acquired by Apple.



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