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December 21, 2014 AT 12:45 pm

Apple bought NeXT 18 years ago… #apple #NeXT

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Apple bought NeXT 18 years ago… The NeXT Computer (also called the NeXT Computer System) was a workstation computer developed, manufactured, and sold by NeXT Inc in the 1980’s and 90’s. At Adafruit we have collected a few non-working (and working) NeXT stations, including using an Arduino to rescue some old keyboards for present day use.

Apple purchased NeXT on December 20, 1996, for $429 million and 1.5 million shares of Apple stock. As part of the agreement, Steve Jobs, Chairman and CEO of NeXT Software, returned to Apple, the company he co-founded in 1976. The merger promised to marry software from NeXT with Apple’s hardware platforms, eventually resulting in OS X and iOS. Parts of these operating systems incorporated the OPENSTEP foundation – Wikipedia.

Here are some of the articles from when it all happened & more.


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Check out our NeXT computer gallery (a slab that was waterjetted).

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We have a few NeXT related posts here too 🙂


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