Steve Troughton-Smith writes for highcaffeinecontent.com, "With the fast-paced introduction of UIKit apps for Mac, I reminiscing on Twitter pretty much about Apple's transition to Mac OS X and how NEXTSTEP and Mac OS found common ground despite the fact that there were two very different operating systems both architecturally and from a design point of view. "
" For Mac OS X to actually act as a successor to the Mac OS for Apple customers, they had to spawn it and start again, writes Troughton -Smith. "The solution? Apple would send the old Mac OS toolbox to a new compatibility library, called Carbon, and make it a cold of the consumer's Mac OS X experience. "
" Apple needed to show developers that Carbon was going to be a real and valid forward, not just a temporary stop, so they committed to using Carbon for Mac OS X Finder, writes Troughton-Smith. "The Carbon version of the Finder was introduced in Mac OS X Developer Preview 2, before Aqua was revealed; it acted a bit more like NeXT, because it had a single file viewer that had a toolbar and column view, but secondary windows did it At this stage, Apple didn't really know what to do with the system-based toolbars it inherited from NEXTSTEP. "" Mac OS X is being sent to consumers in 2001
"I'm sure we want good, genre defining apps from both UIKit and AppKit on Mac.With Carbon we had iTunes, Photoshop, Micro soft office and Final Cut Pro. Eighteen years on, the Carbon reaches the final end date, and the transition to all of these programs to Cocoa / AppKit is complete. If AppKit still has eighteen years left, I think the Mac will be fine, says Troughton-Smith. "Both classic Mac OS and NEXTSTEP were shut down. The Mac didn't."
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MacDailyNews Take: The evolving Mac, as long as it retains its "Mac ness", is indomitable.
Yes, get ready for any growing pain that runs the spectrum right up to serious from non-Mac developers who bring their goods to the Mac for the first time. But this will be fun – we promise! The Mac is about experimenting and trying new things, and at least over time it will tear out and we'll return to quality apps that look, work, and work as long as Mac users expect. – MacDailyNews, May 8, 2019
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