Complete NeXT catalog from 1989 is released online

Complete NeXT catalog from 1989 is released online

Some of you may not know it, but when Steve Jobs was fired he left Apple in September 1985, he soon founded another technology company, also focused on computer creation: NeXT.

Despite Jobs’ expertise in the area, NeXT’s computers did not gain prominence, unlike the operating system created by the company, NeXTSTEP, which lived long enough to serve as the basis for the creation of Apple’s Mac OS X.

Even though they have been discontinued, NeXT computers marked, in a way, the evolution of personal computers, and an interesting part of this story was highlighted recently – or rather, remembered, as disclosed by The Verge.

Computer historian Kevin Savetz digitized the autumn 1989 edition of the NeXT catalog and filed the document in great quality at Archive.org. This made the 138-page magazine available online, offering an understanding of NeXT’s software, user interface and peripherals.

I scanned NeXT’s 1989 catalog of software and peripherals at a glorious 600DPI and went up to @internetarchive. 138 pages! archive.org/details/nextso…

Savetz said the catalog was «part of a large number of old computers» that he had purchased from a local computer recycling company. After scanning the document, the historian auctioned it and donated the proceeds to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, or RAICES).

I had never seen a catalog like this, and I couldn’t find much reference on it online, so I decided to scan it.

Some estimates suggest that NeXT shipped around 50,000 computers in all, so its sales were very limited. As we said, the legacy of NeXTSTEP software inspired the construction of Apple’s best-known operating systems, such as the current macOS and iOS.