Amateur computer engineer Kevin Savetz recently scanned the Fall 1989 edition of the NeXT directory and uploaded the files to Archive.org. It makes the entire 138-page book available for online inspection and offers an exciting insight into NeXT's software, user interfaces, peripherals and more.
For those who were unfamiliar with history, NeXT was the company that Steve Jobs founded in 1
NeXT lasted until 1997 when Jobs joined Apple. Apple bought the company for $ 429 million (equivalent to $ 670 million in 2018) and 1.5 million shares in the Apple stock.
. 138 pages! https://t.co/a1xpteHERt pic.twitter.com/UbV6zKcZEm
– Kevin Savetz (@KevinSavetz) July 4, 2019
Estimates indicate that NeXT sent about 50,000 computers in total , so sales were limited. But the legacy of the NeXTSTEP OS and the development environment proved to be very influential and eventually became the basis of macOS, iOS, watchOS and tvOS.
Savetz told The Verge that the directory was "part of a large amount of old computers that I purchased from a local computer refurb / recycling organization. I had never seen a directory like that and could not & # 39; I do not find much reference to it on the web, so it was a simple choice to scan it. "