Aqua: The Movie

Apple's newest operating system could make Windows' Millennium look like a tired sequel

The best thing that ever happened to Apple was Steve Jobs' leaving. His years of exile in the desert--where he founded the doomed NeXT computer system and bought the successful Pixar Animation Studios--filled him with so many great ideas that the Apple he's resurrecting could end up being stronger than the Apple he quit. The effects of his sabbatical are especially apparent in Aqua, the front end to the forthcoming operating-system upgrade known as Mac OS X.

If a user interface could be described as dramatic--in the Hollywood sense--this is it. Jelly-colored onscreen buttons pulsate as if alive. Menu borders are...

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