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On This Day In 1996, Apple Acquired NeXT

On this day, in the year 1996, Apple made a huge payment for making a purchase of an application under the name of NeXT. This was the move which paved way for Steve Jobs to gain entry within the organization which was co-founded by him and is also considered as the incredible run of success which has been made an integral part of the Apple, Inc. till date.

 

As per the reports that were issued fifteen years ago, the organization was out shopping for an incredible operating system for the purpose of replacing the aging Mac operating units of that time. Moreover, the company recently abandoned the project of Copland system and was busy in negotiating with Be along with other enterprises. By making a deal of the application of NeXT, Apple invested in bringing the core on to what the now Mac OS X is based upon. In addition to this, the company also gained WebObjects, which was designed as a quite powerful web development tool and was initially licensed to more than 275 corporations by the time it was sold on to Apple.

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In addition to the purchase of this application, the company also holds the credit of gaining a powerful programming environment which was called as OneStep. This was the core step of the NextSTEP operating systems and became the essential element of what is nowCocoafor Mac applications. As a matter of fact, theCocoaclasses starts with an acronym of NS which has two alternative meanings, either it stands for the NeXTSTEP or for NeXT-Sun Creation of OpenStep.

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In a retrospect view, looking back seems to be quite humorous as the CEO and chairman of that time Gil Amelio, made a comment that Apple is expecting to make shipment of the products with the NeXT operating systems in the year 1997. however, the client version of the currently running Mac operating systems did not actually got shipped in a non-beta version until Apple released the Mac version of 10.0 Cheetah, on the 24th of March, 2001.the latest Mac operating system server of 10.0 was originally shipped in the month of March 1999, but at the time, the step was not as much recognizable as the Mac OS X that is known in the present world. It was considered as a hybrid of NeXTSTEP UI elements along with the concepts of Mac systems as they lacked the Carbon API’s.

The investment of $400 million at that time came out to be of a great aspect for Apple from that time in terms of both the technology that has been acquired along with the advantage of bringing back Steve Jobs back so as to save the company. It might be quite hard to believe that this much success which the Apple company is facing in the present era started just fifteen years back but, the fact is that it is true. The launching of Mac OS X, iPods, iPhones and the iPads made a combination which made it possible for Apple go for NeXT and bring back Steve Jobs.

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