That Time Steve Jobs Taught Bill Atkinson About Rounded Rectangles

· Andrew Orr · Link

Image showing examples of rectangles, ovals, and rounded rectangles.

Here’s a humorous little story from Andy Hertzfeld, a member of Apple’s original Macintosh team. Bill Atkinson did some clever programming to draw circles and ovals quickly on a Mac. But Steve Jobs had something else in mind.

Bill fired up his demo and it quickly filled the Lisa screen with randomly-sized ovals, faster than you thought was possible. But something was bothering Steve Jobs. “Well, circles and ovals are good, but how about drawing rectangles with rounded corners? Can we do that now, too?”

Apple, Steve Jobs and Salesmanship

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs

John recalls a group sales team meeting in 2001 in which Steve jobs presided. For a second, it got ugly.

Apple History: Steve Jobs Revealed the iPad 10 Years Ago

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad on January 27, 2010. Since then it has remained a steadfast product in Apple’s ecosystem, although only recently has Apple pushed the device forward with the introduction of iPadOS. Tim Cook once said: “The iPad is the clearest expression of our vision of the future of personal computing.“ Here’s to the next ten years to see what the iPad becomes.

—Sent from my iPad

iPads Can’t Kill Laptops But They are a Viable Alternative

· Andrew Orr · Link

It’s the tenth anniversary of the iPad. Steve Jobs introduced the device on January 27, 2010. Nathan Ingraham writes about the iPad but insists Apple is still trying to kill laptops. But I think he disproves his own point when he shares what Mr. Jobs said:

Shortly after the iPad launch, Jobs nailed his famous metaphor, comparing iPads to cars and traditional laptops and PCs to trucks, saying he believed that for most people, a car met all their needs. That clearly has not come to pass for a majority of computer users, but that doesn’t mean Jobs was wrong.

The metaphor is correct. Apple isn’t trying to kill laptops, they’re saying that for many people iPads are a good alternative. Alternative, not replacement.

Happy 36th Birthday, Macintosh!

· Charlotte Henry · News

Steve Jobs, from a Tim Cook tweet

36 years ago today, Steve Jobs unveiled the original Macintosh computer, at an annual meeting of Apple’s shareholders.

14 Years Ago Steve Jobs Introduced the First MacBook Pro

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

14 years ago today Steve Jobs unveiled the first MacBook Pro at Macworld 2006. Most of the keynote is focused on other products, like Aperture, iLife, iMove, iWeb, iWork, and more. The MacBook Pro’s introduction came as a “one last thing” announcement. In this segment, he discusses the performance per watt of various Apple microprocessors like the PowerPC G4 and PowerPC G5. But Intel’s Core Duo processor was better at energy efficiency, and that’s what the MacBook Pro used.

20 Years Ago Steve Jobs Unveiled Mac OS X Aqua

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

At Macworld January 5, 2000 Steve Jobs revealed a new user interface for Mac OS X called Aqua. Aqua introduced the Dock, it redesigned the Finder, and it introduced a new design language that made certain UI elements look 3D, like radio buttons, checkboxes, scroll bars, and new kinds of animations. Mr. Jobs introduced it by saying:

When you design a new user interface, you have to start off humbly. You have to start off saying “What are the simplest elements in it? What does a button look like? And you spend months working on a button.

You can watch the video below, and read the original press release here.

Floppy Disk Signed by Steve Job Auctioning at $7,500

· Andrew Orr · Link

A Macintosh floppy disk signed by Steve Jobs is up for auction with an estimated value of US$7,500.

Macintosh System Tools Version 6.0 floppy disk, signed in black felt tip, “steve jobs.” In fine condition, with slight brushing to the ink. A hugely desirable format for Jobs’s seldom-seen autograph—known as a reluctant signer, he often declined to comply with the requests of collectors. As a piece of Apple’s iconic Mac OS software, boasting Jobs’s elegantly stylish lowercase signature, this is a museum-quality piece of computing history.

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Happy Birthday iPod! – TMO Daily Observations 2019-10-25

· Kelly Guimont · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the iPod turning 18, and how Apple and its events have changed since 2001.

Autographed Steve Jobs Pixar Poster Going up for Auction

· Andrew Orr · Link

A Pixar poster that Steve Jobs autographed is going up for auction this week with a starting bid of US$25,000.

Extraordinarily scarce Pixar Animation Studios poster signed by its co-founder Steve Jobs, sometime after 1995 when ”Toy Story”, the first computer-animated feature film, debuted. Jobs’ legendary vision is evident in his backing of Pixar, whose potential was immediately realized in the success of ”Toy Story”, earning three Academy Award nominations, breaking box office records and securing its reputation as one of the finest animated movies of all time. Poster measures 24” x 36”, signed by Jobs in black fiber-tip marker. In near fine condition. With JSA COA.

Bill Gates on Steve Jobs's Reality Distortion Field and Casting Spells

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

CNN has posted a video interview by Fareed Zakaria of Bill Gates where they talk about Steve Jobs [via The Loop]. The discussion is about management and managers and how it is that Steve Jobs broke all the rules of management but still succeeded. Mr. Gates has a unique perspective on this, having worked with and against Steve Jobs in the early days of the modern computer business. He calls Steve Jobs a wizard, referring to what has long been known as Steve Jobs’s RDF (Reality Distortion Field). The way his face lights up when he’s remembering back to Mr. Jobs “casting spells” and mesmerizing everyone around him is frankly terrific. He also calls the NeXT Cube “nonsense” and unspecified current Apple products as “amazing.” Check it out.

Check Out This Documentary with Steve Jobs Interviews from 1984

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Andy Hertzfeld posted a segment from a documentary that focused on interviews with Steve Jobs and the original Mac team [via The Loop]. The documentary is called In Search of Excellence by John Nathan. The segment Mr. Hertzfeld posted is just part of the whole, but it includes all kinds of interviews and footage I’ve never seen before. When you’re watching, remember that Steve Jobs is 28 and many of the team members are in the early 20s. This is a team fresh off the victory of successfully releasing the Mac, before the sales slump that would beset the computer for the rest of us in the next couple of years. Also, remember that Steve Jobs was out at Apple a bit more than a year after these interviews were filmed.

Bill Gates Said Steve Jobs Was a Master of 'Casting Spells'

· Andrew Orr · Link

In an interview, Bill Gates talked about Steve Jobs, saying he was a master at “casting spells” to keep Apple from dying. Kind of odd to see a businessman like him use language like “casting spells” but I guess that’s analogies for you.

While it’s really easy to imitate the bad parts of Steve, Gates said, “I have yet to meet any person who in terms of picking talent, hyper-motivating that talent,” who could match him. “He brought some incredibly positive things along with that toughness.”

Jobs was a singular case, Gates said, where Apple was on a path to die and goes on to become the most valuable company in the world. There aren’t going to be many stories like that, he said.

Eddy Cue on Apple TV+, Steve Jobs, and More

· Andrew Orr · Link

Eddy Cue sat down for an interview with GQ, talking about Apple TV+, Steve Jobs, iTunes, and more.

Today, says Cue, most people subscribe to a satellite or cable service. “But do you think that’ll be the case ten years from now? I don’t think even the cable and satellite people are going to raise their hands. There’s a pretty rapid change coming.”

Mac Hardware at WWDC, AppKit vs. UIKit, Next-Gen Wi-Fi, with John Kheit - ACM 513

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Bryan Chaffin and guest John Kheit start this week’s show off with an immediate siderail about The Curse of Oak Island and Cooper’s Treasure, because that’s what they do. The real topics, however, include what Apple’s MacBook Pro announcement might mean for Mac hardware at WWDC. They also look at the brewing fight between UIKit and AppKit, and what’s coming in the world of Wi-Fi.