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Steve Jobs' Personal NeXTcube Shown at Cartoon Art Museum Fundraiser

Monday evening following Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, Pixar's Michael Johnson hosted a fundraising event for the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, where he serves as a board member.

As noted by The Mac Observer, one particularly interesting part of the event was a display of Steve Jobs' personal NeXTcube, loaned for the event by Pixar.
Speakers this year included Wil Shipley, Andrew Stone, and Dr. "Wave" Johnson, and James Dempsey performed two songs from his catalogue of catchily-written, Objective C-focused tunes.

There was also some NeXT gear on display, and this year that included the NeXT Cube used by Steve Jobs mentioned above. While the folks on hand - many of whom knew and worked closely with Mr. Jobs - might have considered such an artifact old hat, I thought it was very cool and figured many of you would, too.
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The NeXT cube arrived as the NeXT Computer in 1988, with the machine quickly gaining the informal "cube" name due to its design based on a one-foot magnesium cube. The Cube name became official in 1990 with the release of an updated version named NeXTcube.

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17 months ago

This would have been a more useful design for the new Mac Pro - at least it won't tip over when you plug all the wires into it


Oh wow, you've already tried the new Mac Pro with every peripheral device plugged in, and you've verified this? :eek:

… or are you just trying to get a few thumbs up for a half-hearted stab at the new MP :rolleyes:
Rating: 11 Votes
17 months ago
If this was Steve's personal cube. It very well might have been the first computer to run what we now call "Mac OS X"

You can still get Next Step. It is available for free download. It is pretty much a 1980's version of Mac OS X.
Rating: 6 Votes
17 months ago
This would have been a more useful design for the new Mac Pro - at least it won't tip over when you plug all the wires into it
Rating: 4 Votes
17 months ago

Hmmmm. Kind of reminds me of a black trash can...


::slow clap::

Next...
Rating: 4 Votes
17 months ago

Oh wow, you've already tried the new Mac Pro with every peripheral device plugged in, and you've verified this? :eek:

… or are you just trying to get a few thumbs up for a half-hearted stab at the new MP :rolleyes:


Lol, right? The new Mac Pro is the hottest piece of hardware I've EVER seen from Apple.. one eighth the volume?! Wow..!! I can't wait to see one. Overboard for my uses, but wow.. really want to play on one at the Apple store.
No matter what your opinion on Apple, or iOS, or the state of the company... this is CLEAR innovation!! And made in the USA?! Hating on this product is asinine. Hope that guy trolls on back home, under his bridge.
Rating: 4 Votes
17 months ago
Hmmmm. Kind of reminds me of a black trash can...
Rating: 3 Votes
17 months ago


Next...


::slow clap::

(was that pun intentional?)
Rating: 3 Votes
17 months ago

Lol, right? The new Mac Pro is the hottest piece of hardware I've EVER seen from Apple.. one eighth the volume?! Wow..!! I can't wait to see one. Overboard for my uses, but wow.. really want to play on one at the Apple store.
No matter what your opinion on Apple, or iOS, or the state of the company... this is CLEAR innovation!! And made in the USA?! Hating on this product is asinine. Hope that guy trolls on back home, under his bridge.


I'll bite.

The problem is - different users have different needs/preferences. I still use a G5 at home, so I love the fact that the Mac Pro is so tiny by comparison while being orders of magnitude faster. But for others a tiny workstation is about as useful as a massive laptop - it's just not what some people need.

It's great that Apple are being innovative - and I love that Apple are back doing some really clever engineering again - but if it's not something that some users need, innovation counts for nothing to them. An innovative fork is no use, if you're trying to eat soup.

You could say "these users should go elsewhere, buy a PC". But Apple should be grateful to have users like them - these are people who want to buy Apple products (usually, very high-end Apple products) and will ignore other vendors and wait to see what Apple releases. The problem is now, Apple is effectively saying "it's external expansion, or bust", to many people who have a hefty financial investment in internal expansion hardware.

Buying a new Mac Pro - for some - probably would involve a large financial commitment, not just for the Mac Pro but also replacing/changing their internal drives & cards to expensive Thunderbolt options. That makes the Mac Pro a much more expensive upgrade than a 'traditional' Mac Pro upgrade would be. And upgrade paths are very important to pro users - far, far more important than having a small, pretty case.

Personally though, I'd bite your leg off for a new Mac Pro. (No offence! :p )
Rating: 3 Votes
17 months ago

Lol, right? The new Mac Pro is the hottest piece of hardware I've EVER seen from Apple.. one eighth the volume?! Wow..!! I can't wait to see one. Overboard for my uses, but wow.. really want to play on one at the Apple store.
No matter what your opinion on Apple,m or iOS, or the state of the company... this is CLEAR innovation!! And made in the USA?! Hating on this product is asinine. Hope that guy trolls on back home, under his bridge.


Oh my God you guys are ridiculous. You don't think the next cube - updated to modern standards - with a square shape that can be stacked?! Or lined up?! Would not have blown the tube away??

You're either working for Apple or just a mind-less fanboy
Rating: 3 Votes
17 months ago
Ironically, the internal expandability of the NeXT Cube was much better than the forthcoming 2013 Mac Pro. The Cube had three free internal NuBus slots, IIRC. And at one foot square (well, one foot cubed) it was smaller than today's Mac Pro. There were actually four slots but the motherboard occupied the first one. You could get a NeXTdimension board to upgrade the system to color, and that would occupy a second slot.

I would have loved if the new Mac Pro was a black cube instead of a black cylinder.
Rating: 3 Votes

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