25th Anniversary of Apple Acquired NeXT and Steve Jobs Come Back

20 December 2021 marks the 25 years of Apple officially announcing to acquired the NeXT Computer and a great come back Apple’s legendary Steve Jobs.

On Friday, 20 December 1996, Apple officially announced that NeXT Computer Inc. is acquired by Apple for $400 million. And another great thing that happened was that after over a decade he was left out owing to an internal power struggle in the company, Apple’s co-founder, visionary talent, genius designer, and marketer get entered again.

25 years ago, when the deal was publicly declared, a former Apple CEO Gil Amelio said,

"The acquisition of NeXT is the start of a new chapter in Apple's history and represents a milestone in our transformation as a corporation. Today Apple welcomed back its most talented visionary Steve Jobs, someone who can inspire a new generation of customers and software developers and show that Apple remains the industry home for innovation and excitement."

The primary reason behind Apple incorporated NeXT Computer Inc. is to utilize its Unix-based NeXTSTEP operating system that was implemented in the foundation of Mac OS X.

Earlier this week, a longtime Apple and NeXT employee ‘Steve Hayman’ expressed in a blog post about the 25th anniversary of the two companies.

"With this merger, the advanced software from NeXT will be married with Apple's very high-volume hardware platforms and marketing channels to create another breakthrough, leapfrogging existing platforms, and fueling Apple and the industry copy cats for the next ten years and beyond. I still have very deep feelings for Apple, and it gives me great joy to play a role in architecting Apple's future," Steve Jobs said. 

In the beginning, Steve Jobs returned to Apple as an advisor and first unveiled himself at Macworld San Francisco in January 1997 to announce details of Apple planned to incorporate NeXT technology and utilize it in the future Mac OS releases.

Nine months later in September 1997, he became interim Apple CEO by replacing Gil Amelio, and around three years later in January 2000, he ended up dropping the “interim” title and was appointed as a permanent Chief Executive Officer. Giving his best into the company and resigned in August 2011 due to major health issues and since then, Apple is under the leadership of Tim Cook.

In his entire leading career, Jobs had one of the primary roles to take Apple from near bankruptcy to the world’s most valuable company by introducing such unique, iconic, and industry-leading products using world-class hardware and software technologies.

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