Hey, open source enthusiasts! Want to know how long it takes for Apple to release its source codes to the public? Judging from an announcement from the Computer History Museum and the DigiBarn Computer Museum (via MacRumors), it's around 35 years. As of today, the two museums worked together with Apple to make the 1978 Apple II DOS source code available for non-commercial use for the first time.
It's not the first time iTunes chief Eddy Cue has stepped in to accept an honor on behalf of his former boss, but this time, the Apple senior VP gave an emotional speech about Steve Jobs at the same time.
Late last month we reported that the home where Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built the first Apple computers looked as though it was well on its way to becoming a historical landmark, and today the San Jose Mercury News reports (via MacRumors) that the plan has morphed into reality. Specially, Jobs' one-time home was labeled a "historic resource" by the Los Altos Historical Commission.
As he was wrapping up his Macworld 2007 keynote--you know, the one with the iPhone--Steve Jobs quoted Wayne Gretzky, comparing his playing philosophy to Apple's: "I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been." It was a testament to Apple's innovation, its ability to see three steps ahead of its competitors.
The Mac. The iMac. OS X. The iPod. The iPhone. The iPad.
Critics like to point to this track record as proof that Apple is no longer innovating, no longer skating to where the puck is headed. There's a certain perverse logic this line of thinking: if tens of millions of people will rush out to buy a new iPhone just because it has a better camera or a fingerprint sensor, then Apple could conceivably rest on its laurels, failing to realizing the tide is turning before it's too late.
It seems like there's something going on or about to happen, but we can't quite put our finger on it. Like something that didn't get mentioned. Like an event-wide "one more thing." Hmmmm, well, maybe you can spot it in this week's hottest news.
Wednesday marked the 10th anniversary since Apple debuted iTunes for Windows -- but if you thought the move was controversial from a user's perspective, check out this tale from inside the walls of Cupertino.
Like vintage Apple hardware--so much that you scoff at the idea of a mere photo book of past devices? MacRumors reports that German auction house Breker has a deal for you in the form of one of the 50 original Apple 1 units sold by The Byte Shop, Apple's first retailers.
On January 7, 2007, Steve Jobs walked on to the stage in Cupertino and changed the world. We can talk about predecessors to the iPhone such as the Palm, we can talk about other devices that followed not long after, but it was Apple's device that got the concept so stunningly correct. Most importantly, Jobs' presentation had much to do with that success. But according to a piece by Fred Vogelstein in the New York Times today, there's a strong chance it may not have happened that way.