Regardless of the real reason, the fact that the last Macworld Expo with Apple's participation will not be opened by a Steve Jobs keynote surprised many. However, despite the value that the current CEO brings to his company is enormous not only because of the interesting launches at Macworld, but also because he raised Apple since his return in 1997, not everything that Ma has done in the 12 years since that he was gone has ceased to appear innovative to the world, or, at the very least, to be quite envied by other companies.
Thinking this way, the Mac | Life published a list of 10 interesting Apple products, launched during the period when Jobs was not ahead, that is, between 1985 and 1997. Some of them are kind of ?different?, I must admit, but I believe that others were just unlucky to be designed at the wrong time. The following is a quick description of five of them.
No, dear reader, I am not talking about our team member. This is the first PDA concept, conceived even when John Sculley, who was responsible for Steve Jobs' departure, was in charge of Apple. It was also one of the first Apple products that were designed by a team led by Jonathan Ive.
In the beginning, it brought an interesting handwriting recognition technology, called Ink, which later reappeared on Mac OS X as an aid to the recognition and use of tablets. However, as it was somewhat deficient at the time of its launch, it made it even more difficult to popularize. Although many consider it to be a failure, I believe it only came at the wrong time. On Jobs' return to Apple, the line was discontinued quite depressingly, since the 1997 and 1998 models were quite solid.
Beginning with version 7.6, it was the first Apple operating system that adopted the nomenclature ?Mac OS?. However, in its first version that curiously used the code name ?Big Bang?, System 7 brought many innovations to Macs, among them QuickTime, QuickDraw 3D (graphic model that was only totally extinguished due to OpenGL, on Mac OS X) , cooperative multitasking, drag and drop, AppleScript, colorful graphics and even the concept of trash (!).
With the return of Jobs, Mac OS 8 was launched, but the remnants of System 7 remained present in the lives of many, especially PC users who lived with Windows 95, 98 and 2000.
Apple's first laptop was not released with Jobs in charge. Okay, the ma of the cap was upside down (or the right way :-P) and he still used a trackball, but for the time he was one of the best. It was not by chance that it changed its name in 2006, when it was discontinued due to the MacBook Pro with Intel processor.
Despite being in the family tree of iTools, .Mac and MobileMe, this was not the first design of an Apple online service, the first application of its kind outside of AppleLink, in 1985. From a partner made between Ma and AOL, eWorld went live in 1994, with a number of features arranged on a desktop interface that simulated a virtual city.
He was also paid if you think MobileMe today is a stab, because he didn't use Mac at that time … – and it was also planned with the intention of being released for Windows, but it didn't come out due to a budget cut. As the web grew, however, limited and similar services to eWorld became free and killed the paid ones. In the midst of it all, we saw the Netscape browser being slaughtered by the limited and horrible Internet Explorer, and eWorld ended up being discontinued in 1996.
In case you were curious, eWorld and Mac OS 7 were recreated in Flash in a very cool way, and you can access them for free.
The ?father of Front Row? and ?grandfather of Apple TV? also emerged without Jobs at the company, in the form of a black Performa Macintosh with an integrated TV tuner card. It was not as successful as expected, but it followed exactly the same concept as the current Front Row: it was possible to leave the computer and enter the TV with just a button on the remote control, and vice versa. To be more ?perfect? for the time, only if this control had 6 buttons like the Apple Remote?
The rest of the list, which also includes Newton eMate, Power Macintosh, theTwentieth Anniversary Macintosh (TAM), AppleShare and even tnnn you hear every time you turn on your Mac, you can check it out in theMac | Life.