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Aqua and Bondi

The Road to OS X & The Computer That Saved Apple

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The Bondi Blue iMac G3 — and the family of colorful computers that came after it — brought some much-needed clarity and excitement to the Mac line. It also bought Apple time to integrate NeXT's technology and build Mac OS X from the ashes of the aging Mac OS. This book is about those products, and how Apple pulled itself back on track after the disastrous years of the 1990s.

What's New in Version 1.2

Minor typo corrections.


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Customer Reviews

It's Great

I love reading about Apple history. This book tells the story around the time of Mac OS X coming into existence and the birth of the iMac, as well as events surrounding that time. I thought I knew everything about those days at Apple already, but boy was I wrong. Stephen has such a wealth of knowledge and he conveys it so well in this book. And for only $3.99, there's really no reason not to get this book. Seriously, get it now.

Delightful trip down translucent memory lane

Really enjoyed this well-written, well-illustrated book. This era represents a really dramatic and fascinating time in Apple's history, and most people have forgotten this time by now.

Interesting, but not a lot there

Maybe it's because I already knew a fair amount about Apple history, but I didn't find this book to provide a lot of detail. It was interesting to hear about the iMac and the evolution of Mac models. I found the discussion about Mac OS X and its origins in NeXTStep to be pretty light on detail. The book also seemed disjointed and hard to connect Bondi to Apple in the way the author suggests.

Aqua and Bondi
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  • $3.99
  • Available on iPad, iPhone and Mac.
  • Category: Computers
  • Published: Nov 29, 2016
  • Publisher: Hackett Technical Media, LLC
  • Seller: Hackett Technical Media, LLC
  • Print Length: 80 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 1.2
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, or an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later, an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later, or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

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