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Background[ edit ] InApple co-founder Steve Jobs led Apple's SuperMicro division, which was responsible for the development of the Macintosh and Lisa personal computers. The Macintosh had been successful on university campuses partly because of the Apple University Consortiumwhich allowed students and institutions to buy the computers at a discount.
Wet labs were prohibitively expensive for lower-level courses and were too complex to be simulated on personal computers of the time. Berg suggested to Jobs to use his influence at Apple to create a " 3M computer " workstation for higher education, featuring at least one megabyte of random-access memory RAMa megapixel display and megaFLOP performance, hence the name "3M".
Jobs was intrigued by Berg's concept of a workstation and contemplated starting a higher education computer company in the fall ofamidst increasing turmoil at Apple. Jobs' division did not release upgraded versions of the Macintosh and much of the Macintosh Office system.
He told the board he was leaving to set up a new computer company, and that he would be taking several Apple employees from the SuperMicro division with him.
He also told the board that his new company would not compete with Apple and might even consider licensing its designs back to them to market under the Macintosh brand. After consulting with major educational buyers from around the country, including a follow-up meeting with Paul Berg, a tentative specification for the workstation was drawn up.
It was designed to be powerful enough to run wet lab simulations and cheap enough for college students to use in their dormitory rooms.
The company decided to develop both computer hardware and software, instead of just a low-end workstation. NeXT's first factory was completed in Fremont, California in This event gave developers interested in developing NeXT software an insight into the software architecture, object-oriented programming and developing for the NeXT Computer.
The luncheon speaker was Steve Jobs. When asked if he was upset that the computer's debut was delayed by several months, Jobs responded, "Late?
This computer is five years ahead of its time! The Motorola RISC chip was originally considered, but was not available in sufficient quantities. This was used to support sophisticated music and sound processing, including the Music Kit software.
The magneto-optical drive manufactured by Canon Inc. These drives were relatively new to the market, and the NeXT was the first computer to use them.
The design made it impossible to move files between computers without a network, since each NeXT Computer had only one MO drive and the disk could not be removed without shutting down the system.
The magneto-optical media was relatively expensive and had performance and reliability problems despite being faster than a floppy drive. Selling through a retailer was a major change from NeXT's original business model of only selling directly to students and educational institutions.
NeXT's original investor Ross Perot resigned from the board of directors in June to dedicate more time to Perot Systemsa Plano, Texas -based systems integrator. Jobs was explicit in ensuring NeXT staff did not use the latter terminology, lest the NeXT machines be compared to competing Sun workstations.
The magneto-optical drive was replaced with a 2. The new computers were cheaper and faster than their predecessors, with the new Motorola processor. Initially the NRW was to be based on the Motorola processor, but due to a lack of confidence in Motorola's commitment to the series architecture, it was later redesigned around dual PowerPC s.
Software applications[ edit ] NeXT computers were delivered with Mathematica pre-installed. The games DoomDoom II: Other games based on the Doom enginesuch as Heretic and Hexen: The systems also came with a number of smaller built-in applications, such as the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, Oxford Quotations, the complete works of William Shakespeareand the Digital Librarian search engine to access them.
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