Thread: Apples History..
01-03-2007, 06:30 AM #1
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In the year 1984, a company called Apple Computer introduced a computer called the Macintosh. It was billed as the first computer that anyone could pick up and immediately understand. Rather than typing in arcane codes (as with previous computers), Mac users interacted with their computers using a device called a mouse. Using this device, they could manipulate visuals on the computer's display. To organize these visuals, The Macintosh used a system of overlapping squares called "windows".
While we take these innovations for granted today, they were big news when the Mac debuted.
Although the Mac was the first mass-market computer with one of these so-called "graphical user interfaces", it was soon joined by many imitators from competing companies. The most important one was made by a little company called Microsoft, which added a Mac-like interface on top of their DOS system. It was called "Windows" after the graphical metaphor it "borrowed" from the Mac. The original version of Windows was a failure by all accounts, but Microsoft persisted.
By Microsoft's fourth major release of Windows for consumers, which was called Windows 95, Windows had surpassed the Mac technologically. Apple's maverick CEO, Steve Jobs, credited as the co-creator of the Mac, had been fired and was now running a high-end computing company called NeXT. Apple went through a long stretch of problematic management and failed to maintain the Mac OS, which stayed stagnant with only cosmetic improvements.
In 1997, Apple bought NeXT and its NeXTSTEP operating system, thereby bringing Steve Jobs back into the company. He started as an advisor to CEO Gil Amelio, but quickly moved up the ranks to interim CEO, and finally as Apple's full-time CEO. Under Steve, Apple began introducing very groundbreaking new computers, including the original iMac. But they were still powered by the antiquated Mac OS. Therefore, it came as no surprise when in the year 2000, Steve Jobs unveiled Mac OS X, an all-new Mac OS that would carry Apple into the new millennium.
Mac OS X (the "X" is pronounced "ten") looks a bit like its predecessor, Mac OS 9, but underneath this familiar skin, Mac OS X has nothing in common with Mac OS 9. Mac OS X has next to no code directly taken from Mac OS 9, and therefore cannot run Mac OS 9 applications without special software to assist it. In addition, Mac OS X sports a redesigned interface, which although inspired by previous versions of the Mac OS, is dramatically simplified and uses high-quality photorealistic graphics.
Since the original version of Mac OS X was introduced, it has gone from a futuristic concept to a full-fledged, feature-rich operating system that can handle home, business, and multimedia tasks with ease. The original version of Mac OS X, version 10.0, was very incomplete and was hard to use as a primary operating system. Since the original version, Apple has shipped four major updates to Mac OS X, each dramatically improving it and adding interesting new features and ideas.
The latest version of the Mac OS is version 10.4 ("Tiger"). Tiger brings many interesting new features to Mac OS X. Five of the biggest new features that headline this groundbreaking new release are:
* Spotlight, an amazing new search technology
* Dashboard, an environment for running tiny applications called "Widgets"
* Automator, an all-new application for performing repetitive tasks
* Multi-person AV Conferencing in the new version of iChat
* RSS, an emerging web standard supported in the new version of Safari
In total, Apple claims over 200 new features in Tiger over its predecessor Panther, although over half are hidden from view and help your Mac run faster and more reliably, and many others are updates to existing features.
A bit of apple history!
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01-03-2007, 01:25 PM #2
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By 1997 NextStep had become OpenStep. At that time is was capable of running on at least 5 different processors.
01-03-2007, 02:30 PM #3
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