Chapter 5. Documents, Programs, & Spaces

The whole point of owning a computer, of course, is to run programs—or apps, as the iPhone crowd likes to call them. But if you’re a software company, the history of apps on Mac OS X is a short and exasperating one.

When Apple rolled out Mac OS X in 2001, the world’s software companies slapped their foreheads. This was a completely new operating system, and required completely new programs. It would require every single app to be rewritten: Photoshop, Quicken, Microsoft Office, and thousands of others.

It took several years, but finally they got there; all those old Mac OS 9 programs now ran on Mac OS X. They completed the rewrites just in time to hear Apple make another announcement: The company was switching to Intel processing chips for all new Macs.

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