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Reading tips: the past and future of Apple computers

They say that the present does not exist: it is too ephemeral to have the luxury of being considered something real. What you just read is past; the next lines of this text are in your future. Each word occupies the present tense only for a fraction of a second that, I believe, even Physics does not bother to measure.

1984 128K Macintosh

Let's look at the past of Ma's computers, through a document written by Jef Raskin about the first Macintosh and shared entirely by his son, Aza Raskin, in the Co.Design.

A specific phrase sounds practically timeless for those who follow Ma's platforms: ?The secret for the software market to have a very large and extremely uniform hardware / software base.? Jef Raskin wrote this to highlight the advantage of the limited Macintosh over other machines when it comes to program support: a computer under the almost complete control of its manufacturers was much more promising, to the horror of those who preferred the malleability of more open models.

Today, this uniformity in Apple products is clear and evident: the hardware present on Macs, iPhones, iPods touch and iPads is standardized so as not to surprise developers and, consequently, the applications created for these platforms do not cause any unpleasant surprise to ordinary users. . It has worked so far, despite complaints from some power users and tinkerers. But what about the future?

Mac App Store on a MacBook Air

Here comes Jean-Louis Gasse, talking about what the MacBook Air and Mac App Store represent for the coming years of Ma. The presence of SSDs and the fixation of uniform APIs are two notable trends in terms of hardware and software, however it can if they don?t tell the full story. In fact, the ?regularity? of Mac OS X applications that the newly opened store provides can pave the way for changes such as the adoption of ARM processors on Ma's computers.

"Porting an operating system to a non-rocket processor," wrote Gasse, "but moving third-party applications is much more difficult unless they have been distributed and smoothed in such a way that the transition becomes smooth and transparent."

(via TUAW, Daring Fireball)