How Apple introduced brushed metalRemember when “brushed metal” dominated the look of Apple’s software products, including OS X? Stephen Hackett at 512 Pixels does, and he’s put together a look at its origins.

Brushed metal didn’t debut with Mac OS X 10.3, as many believe. Instead, Hackett notes, the UI motif first slipped onto our screens with QuickTime 4.0 in 1999:

“The feature that’s most remembered, of course, is its UI. Gone was the Platinum look that graced almost every single window in MacOS, replaced with a slick UI with embedded buttons, dials and more.”

Hackett will publish more posts exploring the evolution and eventual demise of brushed metal. We’re looking forward to it.

How Apple introduced brushed metal originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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