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By Stephen Hackett

The Hackett File: No company does transitions like Apple

See, even Steve Jobs’ keynote slide agrees!

Steve Jobs at Intel switch
Steve Jobs at Intel switch

Over the past 30 years, they’ve had several major changes, just in regards to the Mac platform:

  • 68k to PowerPC processors
  • PowerPC to Intel processors
  • MacOS to Mac OS X
  • 32-bit to 64-bit
  • Carbon to Cocoa

Some of these went more smoothly than others — pour one out for 64-bit Carbon, I suppose — but on the whole, Apple has been able to move the Mac through several major changes that may have killed a less-formidable platform.

Here in 2019, it feels like we’re on the edge of another time of change, and that’s ignoring the probable pending arrival of ARM Macs. Apple is slowly drawing back the curtains on its view of the future, and in that future, the Mac is more closely aligned with its siblings in terms of low-level software and the apps that can run atop that foundation.…

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