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A guided introduction and learning path to developing hardware and device-level software for Apple's computers and servers.

Apple delivers industry-leading hardware based on support for popular hardware and software standards and state-of-the-art microprocessor technology. Apple's own hardware is integrated with the operating system, resulting in seamless operation for many hardware devices. Thanks to Apple's support of many common industry standards, developers can create hardware products that integrate well with the Apple user experience. On Mac OS X, the I/O Kit is the device driver subsystem of Darwin, the open-source core operating system. Darwin's modular design lets you dynamically load device drivers that are created using I/O Kit's object-oriented programming framework. Read more...



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Building Customized User Client Drivers for USB Devices
You can control a hardware device using generic Mac OS X drivers and custom code. This article shows how to write the setup code for card readers, bill validators and other devices.

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