Steve Jobs is supposed to take the stage on Wednesday and debut the public beta of the long-awaited operating system OS X. How long-awaited? If you count precursor projects like Pink, Copland, and Rhapsody, about nine years.
But we’re only counting the latest OS X news. Here’s a guide to Macworld’s OS X coverage from 1998 on.
The August coverage also notes that
OS X development coincided with a critical period for Apple: after the trials of OS X predecessors — Copeland, Gershwin, and Rhapsody — the company badly needed to demonstrate that it could conceive of, develop, and deliver an innovative operating system.
Steve Jobs demonstrates OS X Server during the Expo keynote by connecting 49 iMacs to one server and running a QuickTime movie. The display shows that
multiple Macs can be configured and booted from a single server, thus permitting users to move toward a more network-oriented model of computer use.
Steve Jobs surprises veteran Apple-watchers by announcing that
key parts of OS X will be released as open source. He also drops the price of the now-shipping OS X Server from $999 to $499. The open source announcement is hailed as a sign that Apple recognizes the forces at play in the general high-tech market.
Apple also hopes to
gain improvements for their OS X server from the programming public: “It’s as if we had hired a huge bunch of programmers for free,” asserts Ernie Prabhakar, Apple’s product manager for Mac OS X Server. “We’ll have a final product with better performance and new features.”
Developers praise Apple for sticking to its predicted OS X development roadmap, although they did raise a few eyebrows at the renaming and reclassification of some OS X components: the component used to run pre-OS X applications on OS X, Mac OS Blue Box, had been renamed to Mac Classic and the Yellow Box, a development environment for new OS X software, was now called Cocoa. Carbon, the third element of OS X and the one used for running applications developed specifically for OS X, remains unchanged.
a preview of what Mac users can expect in the year 2000: machines running OS X with a new, improved Finder; preemptive multitasking; and a clean interface. By “new, improved Finder,” what Apple actually meant was a Next-derived file browser; the decision to supplant a well-documented and frequently used Mac OS feature with a new mode of finding the computer’s contents is
Macworld also reports that OS X is still on target for delivery by the end of 2000; new Macs are supposed to come with a final version of the new operating system installed through the latter period of 2000, and older operating systems will be phased out of new Macs by January 2001.
Also at WWDC: Steve Jobs deftly
delays the final release date for OS X
again. The operating system, which was to have been rolled out in final form by summer 2000, is now expected in January 2001.
Developers are mostly unfazed
by this newest date.
The other large population awaiting the release of OS X — Apple users hoping to get their hands on a beta release — learns that
a public beta version of OS X was due out during the summer.
Macworld Expo in New York City debuts several stylish new pieces of hardware, but no beta version of OS X.
Technically, summer doesn’t end until September 21. A
public beta version of OS X is supposed to debut at Apple Expo
in Paris, France during the week of September 11, thus fulfilling Steve Jobs’ promise to release OS X beta in summer 2000.