Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Jan 2010 23:31 UTC, submitted by jebb
Apple Now this is material that piques my interest more than anything: insights from one of the bigger names in the industry. Jean-Louis Gassee debunks the "Apple-must-license-its-software-or-die" myth by looking back upon the past - and if you don't know who JLG is, then please take that dunce hat and stand in the corner for three hours, contemplating your existence. Note: OSNews has a bug with using diacritic marks on the front page, so JLG's name is misspelled. It is correctly spelled in the article body.
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JLG recalls, "The then reigning Apple ][ has the 8-bit 6502 processor, a dead-end architecture, as the supplier, MOS Technology, can't provide a credible transition to a 16 or 32-bit world, markitecture BS notwithstanding."

While MOS Technologies didn't provide an upgrade path, the processor was essentially faster at 4 MHz than a 4.77 MHz 8088, which was a hobbled 8086. Adding the 8087 math co-processor made quite a difference, of course.

Western Design Centre's 65802 and 65816 helped continue the 650x line in a relatively smooth way but bits were still precious in those days and Apple overcharged for less sophisticated technology than their 6502-using competitors (specifically Atari) were selling. I wondered for years when they would provide a base machine below US$2499.

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