Today in Apple history: The seeds of OS X are sown

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Look familiar?
Photo: The Color Convergence

Nov25November 25, 1996: Garrett L. Rice, a mid-level manager at NeXT, contacts Apple chief technology officer Ellen Hancock about the possibility of Apple licensing NeXT’s OpenStep operating system.

It’s the first formal step in a process that ultimately ends in Apple buying NeXT, the creation of OS X, and Steve Jobs returning home to the company he co-founded.

Today in Apple history: Apple signs damaging deal with Microsoft

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One of the most damaging deals in Apple history.
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Nov21November 21, 1985: Following Steve Jobs’ departure, Apple comes close to signing its own death warrant by signing away the rights to the Macintosh’s look and feel.

The deal, between Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Apple CEO John Sculley, comes hot on the hells of the Windows operating system’s initial release. The pact gives Microsoft a “non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, nontransferable license to use [parts of the Mac technology] in present and future software programs, and to license them to and through third parties for use in their software programs.”

Oh, boy!

Today in Apple history: Apple’s ‘unreleased’ Mac OS ships to devs

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Remember Copland? Probably not from using it...
Photo: Apple/Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

17Nov

November 17, 1995: Apple releases the first beta version of its new Copland operating system to around 50 Mac developers.

Not so much a Mac OS update as a totally new operating system, Copland promises to help Apple take on the then-mighty Windows 95, with some ahead-of-its-time features. Sadly, it was never released to the public.