This past Thursday the US Patent & Trademark Office published two patent application from Apple relating to this topic of recycled aluminum. The first patent is titled “Heat-Treatable Aluminum Alloy made from used Beverage can Scrap; The second is titled “Cosmetic Aluminum Alloys made from Recycled Aluminum Scrap.” While the aluminum that is used in MacBooks is derived from recycled aluminum pop and beer can scrap, the “alloy” to create the MacBook actually contains other recycled metals as both patents describe.
This week on Mac Power Users, David Sparks and I discussed our work beyond MPU and what workflows and tools we use to keep things running smoothly in our small businesses.
For More Power Users, we talked through Apple’s recent product cancellations, including the HomePod, iMac Pro and 21.5-inch iMac CTO options.
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Apple Inc. is considering launching an Apple Watch with a rugged casing aimed at athletes, hikers and others who use the device in more extreme environments, according to people familiar with the matter.
The Cupertino, California-based technology giant has internally discussed introducing such a Watch variation later in 2021 or 2022 at the earliest, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private matters.
As someone who has broken an Apple Watch while bike riding, and only really wears one while exercising, I’m all for this.
On this episode of Flashback, Quinn Nelson, My Very Tall YouTuber Friend and I talk about the first cool phone: the Motorola RAZR … and how its parent company was bent on destroying its good name.
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I spent some of the money on buying a RAZR on eBay.
After follow-up about feelings, Ticci explains what’s going on with links to previously-made Shortcuts and Stephen marks 20 years of OS X. Then, Myke leads a focus group about the future of Apple in the home and the guys all inspect a task manager that has recently popped up on one of their home screens.
For Connected Pro, the guys take a tour of bad System Preferences icons and what settings they use for Dark Mode and the Dock.
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So when we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Mac OS X, it’s important to realize what we’re celebrating. We’re celebrating a software release that was the culmination of Steve Jobs’s return to Apple. We’re celebrating the operating system we still use, two decades later. But we’re also celebrating the foundation of iOS, iPadOS, tvOS, and watchOS.
In that way, this isn’t just the 20th anniversary of Mac OS X 10.0. It’s the 20th anniversary of modern Apple, and the end of the dark days when Apple couldn’t fix its own operating system.
I’ve said it before, but I’ll repeat it here: Apple buying NeXT was the most important tech acquisition of all time.
It’s hard to believe that
Mac OS X macOS is two decades old, but it’s true. On March 24, 2001, Apple released the first non-beta version of Mac OS X 10.0:
The release followed years of development that took NeXT’s technology and molded it into an operating system for the Mac. That process took longer than Apple had predicted, and included a false start known as Rhapsody. That’s really a story for a different time, but in short, that operating system strategy left classic Mac OS developers without a way forward for their applications that didn’t require rewriting them, and the community soundly rejected the entire thing.
After a regroup, OS X began to take shape, with a new technology named Carbon that would allow apps written for the Mac to run natively on the new operating system with some tweaks. I truly believe Carbon is the real hero of the OS X transition, as without it, I don’t think it would have been successful.1
However, Aqua grabbed all the attention. First introduced in Developer Preview 3, this new user interface was shockingly different from Platinum in Mac OS. Full of pinstripes and bright blue elements, Aqua was designed to be as friendly and fun as the colorful iMac G3s with which many users would first experience it.
All of that eye candy came at a cost, though. Performance in the early versions of Mac OS X was notoriously bad as the hardware caught up. By the time most users were ready to switch from Mac OS 8 or 9, OS X was in pretty decent shape.
If you want to learn more about Mac OS X, I’ve rounded up some links for you:
- Aqua and Bondi: My book on the creation of Mac OS X and the evolution of the iMac G3.
- On this week’s MPU, David and I talked about the entire two decade history of our beloved macOS.
- Mac OS X 10.0’s entry in my macOS Screenshot Library
- A Wayback Machine grab of the original OS X website.
- The “Welcome to Mac OS X” guide
- The 10.0 “Before You Install” document
- John Siracusa’s review of Mac OS X 10.0.
- Andrew Gore’s take on OS X for Macworld in June of 2001. (Start on page 9.)
- John Gruber’s look at Avie Tevanian’s role in the creation of OS X.
- An article from Benj Edwards on OS X’s origins, published back in 2010. It pairs nicely with this Macworld article from 2000 by Jason Snell, Stephan Somogyi and Jeff Pittelkau.
- My buddies over at Simple Beep have a great episode marking the occasion, as does John with The Talk Show.
- Both Rhapsody and Mac OS X included an environment for running Mac OS apps directly, but these “Classic” programs wouldn’t get any of the benefits promised by the new operating system, including preemptive multitasking, protected memory or an update user interface. ↩
This week on Liftoff, as always, things are busy:
The SLS has completed a full-length hot fire test and NASA is on the verge of having a new administrator, all while SpaceX continue to move ahead with its Starship testing.
I am fascinated to see what happens with this big rocket drama.
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