Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Jun 2011 12:20 UTC
Legal This make me a sad little facepalming unicorn. Apple has just slapped the open source home server project Amahi with a cease and desist letter about the project's use of the term 'app store' - stop using the term, or face Cupertino's army of lawyers. Note: Please help me find out what 'Mac App' is, a supposed Apple product from 1985 - the first citation of the term 'app' in the Oxford English Dictionary. Another note: Okay I should've guessed that publications from that time could still correct company's horrid camel case spelling without unleashing the wrath of fanboys - it's MacApp, not Mac App. Gra├žias, guys!
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RE: Comment by Thom_Holwerda
by tupp on Wed 22nd Jun 2011 20:37 UTC in reply to "Comment by Thom_Holwerda"
tupp
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2006-11-12

Here is page 112, from Computerworld Sep 13, 1982: http://books.google.com/books?id=69kEbmHHmggC&pg=RA1-PA112&dq=apps&...

If you look carefully, you will see three job listings with the word "apps" highlighted in yellow. One is in the "SYS MANAGER" listing for Hartford. Another is in the "IMS PROG LEADER" listing for Boston. The third one is in the "BURROUGHS 6800 P/A" listing for Providence.

In September of 1982, the term "apps" was widely used to describe computer applications, with no reference to Apple computer.

Edited 2011-06-22 20:39 UTC

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Wow that's fascinating. Thanks!

And yes, I'm thinking about writing an article about the history of the word 'app'. Just gathering some data. whatever you find, feel free to post it here or mail me at thomholwerda@osnews.com

Edited 2011-06-22 20:39 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by Thom_Holwerda
by tupp on Wed 22nd Jun 2011 20:57 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Thom_Holwerda"
tupp Member since:
2006-11-12

It might be worthwhile to search earlier books and magazines in Google Books. I think I limited my search to magazines after January, 1982.

By the way, there does seem to be a connection between this early use of the term "apps" and Apple computer -- after all, these listings were located the "Jobs" section of the magazine.

Edited 2011-06-22 20:58 UTC

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