Interviewed by Hansen Hsu, on 2017-05-30 in Mountain View, California, X8186.2017 © Computer History Museum
In Part 2 of his oral history, Ganatra goes into more detail on the development of the UIKit and iPhone software, including the decisions not to initially support copy/paste and MMS on the original iPhone, working with Steve Jobs, the Keynote presentation, and going through the technical approval process with AT&T, and shipping the phone. Ganatra also discusses the decision to create the iPhone SDK based on UIKit, and the process of sanitizing UIKit for public release. Ganatra also discusses the changes to iOS that were made to support the iPad.
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Interviewed by Hansen Hsu, on 2017-04-24 in Mountain View, California, X8186.2017 © Computer History Museum
After graduating from UC Santa Cruz, Nitin Ganatra began his career as a contractor for Apple, working in Developer Technical Support (DTS) in 1993. He was hired as a permanent employee by Apple six months later, still in DTS for the next two years. In 1995 he joined the System Software Continuation Engineering team, which worked on maintenance releases of System 7.5 while another team worked on Apple’s next generation operating system project, Copland.
After Copland was cancelled and Steve Jobs returned with the acquisition of NeXT, Continuation Engineering now became responsible for putting out new feature releases of classic Mac OS, first shipping 7.6, then 8.0 and beyond, while another division worked on developing the NeXTSTEP-based Mac OS X. Much of Ganatra’s work on Mac OS 8.0 and 8.5 involved adapting features that had originally been developed for Copland into the classic System 7 codebase.
After 8.5 Ganatra joined the Carbon effort under Scott Forstall to develop a subset of classic Mac OS APIs that could be ported to the NeXT-based OS X, becoming responsible for the CarbonLib library extension that shipped on Mac OS 8.6 and later, which provided the interface for the new Carb…
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