If the news that Apple is getting ever closer to releasing OS X has you muttering “We’ll see,” we can understand your skepticism. Replacing the original Mac OS with a cutting-edge version has been a long process, full of more twists of fate than a Dickens novel and more code names than a CIA operation. And with OS X set to cross the finish line–finally, probably, hopefully–early next year, it’s important to remember how we’ve arrived at where we are today.
Apple CEO John Sculley demonstrates Pink–Apple’s object-oriented OS to IBM.
IBM teams up with Apple to form Taligent, a joint venture that will complete Pink.
Apple announces the Copland OS. Due in 1995, it will feature active assistance, multitasking, and memory protection. An even more advanced OS, Gershwin, will follow in 1996.
New CEO Michael Spindler says Copland will arrive in 1996.
Mac enthusiasts gloat. Microsoft delays Windows 95, and gods of karma stroke their chins and take note.
Copland user interface makes its first public appearance.
Police drummer Stewart Copeland turns 43.
Copland beta goes out to 50 key developers.
Copland’s launch delayed until 1997.
Long forgotten Taligent becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of IBM. It’s never heard from again.
A developer release of Copland is expected by summer. But the final version has been pushed back to mid-1997.
New CEO Gil Amelio says Apple will ship Copland piecemeal.
Douglas Coupland releases the paperback edition of Microserfs, a story about computer programmers searching for their purpose in life.
George Gershwin died 59 years ago this month. Doubters of coincidence shrug and eagerly await the new OS.
Chief Technology Officer Ellen Hancock kills Copland and Gershwin.
Happy 44th birthday, Stewart Copeland!
Apple says its new OS, Rhapsody, will ship to developers in the third quarter of 1997.
Amelio cuts jobs.
New interim CEO Steve Jobs cuts out Amelio.
Mac OS 8 ships without the preemptive multitasking, rewritten microkernel, or protected memory slated for Copland.
The motion picture Cop Land debuts to mixed reviews.
Developers get a copy of Rhapsody.
Apple changes the name of the OS to OS X.
Copland may be long forgotten, but Stewart Copeland? Not as he turns 46, that’s for sure!
As OS 9 debuts, Apple delays the OS X release to early 2000.
Jobs unveils Aqua and delays the OS X launch until summer.
Apple plans a public beta of OS X for summer. Shipment slips to early 2000.
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September 2000 www.macworld.com