Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Steve Jobs on Graphics Performance

John Gruber:

We were talking about scrolling performance, and how the iPhone 4 had to draw 4x the pixels to get 2x the resolution, and still do it smoothly. This, at a time when Android scrolling performance was just awful. I asked him how Apple could be so far ahead. He said “John, nobody else gives a shit.”

The other interesting tidbit from that conversation was that I said something to the effect of “You guys have been working on graphics performance ever since 2001” or something like that, alluding to Mac OS X 10.0.

He immediately jumped back at me with “No, we’ve been killing ourselves over graphics since 1989.” Alluding to NeXTstep 1.0.

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