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NeXTcube with original screen, keyboard and mouse
|Manufacturer||"NeXT, "Fremont, California|
|Release date||October 12, 1988|
|Introductory price||"US$6,500 (equivalent to $13,163 in 2016)|
|"Operating system||"NeXTSTEP, "OpenStep|
|"CPU||"Motorola 68030 @ 25 "MHz, "68882 "FPU @ 25 MHz, "56001 "digital signal processor (DSP) @ 25 MHz|
|Memory||shipped with 8 "MB, expandable to 16 MB using 1 MB Single Inline Memory Modules (SIMMs)|
|Storage||256 MB "magneto-optical drive, optional "hard disk|
|Display||"MegaPixel 17" "monitor|
|Graphics||1120×832 pixel resolution, four-level "grayscale|
|Input||85-key keyboard, 2-button mouse|
|Power||300 Watts, 3 Amperes|
|Dimensions||1-foot (305 mm) "die-cast "magnesium cube-shaped case|
The NeXT Computer (also called the NeXT Computer System) is a "workstation computer developed, marketed, and sold by "NeXT Inc. It runs the "Mach- and "BSD-derived, "Unix-based "NeXTSTEP operating system, with a proprietary GUI using a "Display PostScript-based back end. The motherboard is square and fits into one of four identical slots in the enclosure. The NeXT Computer enclosure consists of a 1-foot (305 mm) "die-cast "magnesium cube-shaped, black case, which led to the machine being informally referred to as "The Cube". It was launched in 1988 at "US$6,500 (equivalent to $13,200 in 2016).
The NeXT Computer was succeeded by the "NeXTcube, an upgraded model, in 1990.
The NeXT Computer was launched in October 1988 at a lavish invitation-only event, ""NeXT Introduction – the Introduction to the NeXT Generation of Computers for Education" at the "War Memorial Opera House in "San Francisco, California. The next day, selected educators and software developers were invited to attend—for a $100 registration fee—the first public technical overview of the NeXT computer at an event called "The NeXT Day" at the San Francisco Hilton. It gave those interested in developing NeXT software an insight into the system's software architecture and "object-oriented programming. "Steve Jobs was the luncheon's speaker.
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In 1989, "BYTE Magazine listed the NeXT Computer among the "Excellence" winners of the BYTE Awards, stating that it showed "what can be done when a personal computer is designed as a system, and not a collection of hardware elements". Citing as "truly innovative" the optical drive, DSP and object-oriented programming environment, it concluded that "the NeXT Computer is worth every penny of its $6500 market price". It was, however, not a significant commercial success, failing to reach the level of high volume sales like the "Apple II, "Commodore 64, the "Macintosh, or "Microsoft Windows PCs. The workstations were sold to universities, financial institutions, and government agencies.["citation needed]
A NeXT Computer and its "object oriented development tools and libraries were used by "Tim Berners-Lee and "Robert Cailliau at "CERN to develop the world's first "web server software, "CERN httpd, and also used to write the first "web browser, "WorldWideWeb.
The NeXT Computer and the same "object oriented development tools and libraries were used by Jesse Tayler at Paget Press to develop the first electronic "app store, the "Electronic AppWrapper in the early 1990s. Issue #3 was first demonstrated to "Steve Jobs at NeXTWorld Expo 1993.
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A fun fact and one of Steve Jobs' quirks. All the components in the cube including the PCB and connectors had to be black in color. PCBs were typically green from the solder mask that was applied. A process of "pad capping" was developed to allow the black oxide from the inner layers to be seen and a then clear solder mask was applied to the outer layers. Even the euro card connector (DIN91612)had to be specially molded in black which where typically grey. The mounting hardware had to be black oxide. etc..