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Once upon a time, Steve Jobs wanted Dell computers to run macOS. Michael Dell told the story of the failed deal

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Yesterday marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Steve Jobs. And because of this, a lot of interviews with those who worked with him, and just various stories from his life, appeared on the Web.

One such interview was given by Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell. According to his story, at one time Steve Jobs approached him several times with a business proposal regarding the use of operating systems on Dell computers that Jobs was involved in to one degree or another.

First, in 1993, then already dismissed and not yet reinstated at Apple, Jobs visited Dell in Texas several times, offering him to use the NeXTSTEP operating system on Dell PCs with Intel processors. Then Jobs was just trying to develop Next, which offered its own PCs running the same operating system. Dell then turned down proposals, noting that there were very few applications for NeXTSTEP and there was no market interest. True, then Dell still worked with the WebObjects web framework, which was also created in Next.

In 1997, Steve Jobs returned to Apple after it acquired Next. And he went to Dell again, this time offering him to license macOS. Jobs said that in this way Dell will be able to offer its customers the choice between computers with two operating systems.

Dell liked the idea this time. He offered Jobs a deal in which Dell would pay Apple for every macOS PC sold. However, Jobs feared that such a system would undermine Apple’s own sales, since Dell computers were cheaper. He offered Dell another deal, which implied that Dell would simply boot macOS on all PCs along with Windows, and users would choose what to use. In that case, Dell would pay Apple for every PC sold.

Once upon a time, Steve Jobs wanted Dell computers to run macOS.  Michael Dell told the story of the failed deal

As Dell said, this was not an economic proposition that made sense. Because in that case Dell would have to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to Apple, and this would not at all guarantee that users would choose macOS. In addition, Jobs was unable to guarantee Dell’s access to macOS after several years.

This could change the trajectory of Windows and macOS on PCs. But obviously they went in a different direction

Thus, if then the deal between Apple and Dell took place, the computer market could be very different now.

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Modular computer in the form of a vegetable dryer. Gigabyte showed Aorus Project Cielo

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Gigabyte has unveiled the Aorus Project Cielo concept modular PC. The name, as well as the lack of details, do not allow us to say so far that such a serial product will be released. But the opposite cannot be said either.

Project Cielo is another attempt at a modular desktop PC. So far, none of the attempts have been successful, which is understandable by the specifics of the market.

Modular computer in the form of a vegetable dryer.  Gigabyte showed Aorus Project Cielo

Modular computer in the form of a vegetable dryer.  Gigabyte showed Aorus Project Cielo

Be that as it may, in this case, we know that the upper block of this computer, which looks like a dehydrator, is a PC itself, on average there can be a battery, and the lower one is a speaker system. That being said, Gigabyte is also talking about built-in 5G antennas. That is, it is also a potentially conditionally portable PC.

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For the first time in 11 years of history: Instagram allowed publishing from computers

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The Instagram team, part of Facebook, is launching a number of long-awaited features for users. The most anticipated of these is the ability to post to Instagram from computers.

At the moment, on computers, you can view content in Instagram through a browser, but publication is not possible. However, from Thursday, October 21, users will be able to upload photos and small videos no more than a minute in length in the web interface in desktop browsers. Instagram tested the innovation in June and now the release will take place.

For the first time in 11 years of history: Instagram allowed publishing from computers

From today on Instagram, two users will be able to jointly publish content to the feed or Reels. Collabs will have shared comments, views and likes.

For the first time in 11 years of history: Instagram allowed publishing from computers

Starting tomorrow, October 20, Instagram will also begin testing a new, simplified way to raise money for nonprofits. A couple of new music features are coming to Reels on Thursday, including 3D lyrics.

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Apple announces release date for new Mac OS

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Apple today unveiled groundbreaking new MacBook Pro laptops and announced during the presentation the release date for the stable version of its new operating system for computers – macOS Monterey.

macOS Monterey was announced in June 2021. The OS is still being tested by developers and the public. As it became known now, the release will take place on Monday next week – October 25th. It will be available as a free update for all compatible computers:

  • iMac – Late 2015 and newer
  • Mac Pro – Late 2013 and newer
  • iMac Pro – 2017 and newer
  • Mac mini – Late 2014 and newer
  • MacBook Air – Early 2015 and newer
  • MacBook – Early 2016 and newer
  • MacBook Pro – Early 2015 and newer.

The new OS offers innovations such as AirPlay to Mac, a redesigned Safari browser with tabs that can be grouped and synced in iCloud between Mac, iPhone and iPad, FaceTime spatial audio, SharePlay for sharing content.

Apple announces release date for new Mac OS

An interesting innovation such as “Universal Management” at the time of the release on October 25 may be inactive. As noted by Apple, the feature will be available “later this fall,” meaning we can hope to launch it before December.

Universal Control lets you use a single keyboard, mouse, or trackpad to work on multiple devices out of the box. The user just needs to move the cursor towards the second device using the mouse or trackpad until the cursor appears on another screen.

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