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December 20, 1996
Dear Apple customers:
The next chapter in Apple's history begins today.
As you may have already heard, today we acquired NeXT
Software Inc. As a result, we are merging the businesses of
Apple and NeXT
into one operation, owned and managed by
Apple. This means that, in a moment, we move to the center
of the industry's developments and debates. It means we
greatly strengthen our Internet, Enterprise, and software
propositions. And it means we complete our commitment to
deliver a truly modern operating system to our customers.
It also means that our co-founder
Steven P. Jobs,
reporting to me. I know I speak for everyone
at Apple in welcoming Steve home.
A little background as to why we chose
NeXT: As we looked
at various partners for our operating system development, we
discovered that Apple and NeXT had surprisingly
complementary products, technologies, and services. In fact,
the more we looked at the two companies, the more we
realized that we each were strong where the other faced
challenges, and in many ways we filled in the blanks in each
other's strategies. For example, Apple needed a truly modern
operating system and NeXT had an exceptional operating
system with modern services and API's. At the same time,
NeXT needed a high-volume installed base and
Apple -- one of the world's largest personal computer
manufacturers -- has sold more than 26 million Macintosh
As an Apple customer, this move is extremely important
because it acts as an emblem of the new types of products,
technologies, and development philosophy I'm bringing to
Apple. In this new approach, the "Not Invented Here"
syndrome has been banished far beyond the horizons of our
vision. Apple will be open to new technologies, and where
they're developed doesn't matter. In this new era, we will
not be an island in the industry; but rather build a bridge
to the center of an open standards world based on industry
The acquisition also marks the passing of another sizable
milestone in Apple's transformation and renaissance. Earlier
this year, we stabilized our business. And with the NeXT
acquisition, we've jumpstarted our software and enterprise
businesses, while positioning ourselves for strength and
growth in the industry's sweet spots.
I can't think of a better way to enter the new year.
Below, you'll find more information about the
acquisition. But a final thought before you read on: 20
years ago, Steven P. Jobs and Stephen Wozniak had a dream
about what high technology could do for people. About what
it could do to make people's lives richer and more
Twenty years later, we realize that their flash of
insight fired the imagination and promise of our culture,
changing just about every part of the way we learn,
communicate, and play. And twenty years later, despite the
breakthroughs, and revolutions, and technological
explosions, I can't help but be struck by these wonderfully
inspiring -- and humbling -- realizations:
Our work is still in its infancy.
Our passion for changing the world has never dimmed.
And still, twenty years later, the voice of our
customers -- your needs, inclinations, and
desires -- remains our guiding principle.
We wouldn't have it any other way.
Apple CEO and Chairman