Apple's Mac OS X to Ship on March 24

Jan 09, 2001, 00:00 ET from Apple Computer, Inc.

    MACWORLD EXPO, SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ --
 Apple(R) (Nasdaq: AAPL) today announced that Mac(R) OS X, the next generation
 Macintosh(R) operating system, will ship on March 24, 2001 for a suggested
 retail price of US$129. Mac OS X is the world's most advanced operating
 system, combining the power and openness of UNIX with the legendary ease of
 use and broad applications base of Macintosh.
 
     Mac OS X features:
     -- an open source, UNIX based foundation called Darwin;
     -- Apple's new Quartz(TM) graphics engine based on the PDF standard for
        stunning graphics and broad font support;
     -- OpenGL for spectacular 3D graphics and gaming;
     -- integrated QuickTime(TM) for streaming audio and video;
     -- the Classic API, which runs most existing Mac(R) applications "as is";
     -- the Carbon(TM) API, which runs "tuned-up" Mac applications with the
        full Mac OS X features;
     -- the Cocoa(TM) API, which runs advanced object-oriented applications,
        providing developers the fastest and most powerful way to create
        applications for Mac OS X;
     -- the full Java 2 API, providing developers the most advanced Java 2
        client available; and
     -- the Aqua(TM) user interface, an entirely new user interface with
        superior ease of use, amazing new functionality and a stunning, elegant
        new appearance.
 
     "Mac OS X is the future of the Mac, and we hope it will delight our
 customers with its unrivaled power and ease of use," said Steve Jobs, Apple's
 CEO. "The Public Beta has generated incredible feedback and support from Mac
 users and developers, which has helped us to make Mac OS X the most advanced
 operating system ever."
     Apple has shipped more than 100,000 copies of Mac OS X Public Beta since
 its release in September and has received more than 75,000 individual user
 feedback entries from Mac users and developers worldwide. The reaction to the
 Public Beta has been overwhelmingly positive, particularly in response to Mac
 OS X's incredible stability, Aqua user interface, easy installation and
 compatibility with existing applications. Direct input from customers has also
 helped Apple enhance key aspects of Mac OS X with powerful improvements to the
 Dock, Desktop, Finder(TM) and networking technology, making Mac OS X more
 customizable and familiar to Mac users.
     More than 400 leading developers, including Adobe, Alias|Wavefront,
 Macromedia and Microsoft have committed to delivering more than 1,200
 applications built for Mac OS X. In addition, more than 100 developers will
 announce new Mac OS X products this week at Macworld. A complete listing of
 applications built for Mac OS X is available at
 http://guide.apple.com/macosxlist.html.
     Mac OS X is built upon an incredibly stable, open source, UNIX based
 foundation called Darwin and features true memory protection, preemptive
 multi-tasking and symmetric multiprocessing when running on the dual processor
 Power Mac(TM) G4. Mac OS X includes Apple's new Quartz 2D graphics engine
 (based on the Internet-standard Portable Document Format) for stunning
 graphics and broad font support; OpenGL for spectacular 3D graphics and
 gaming; and QuickTime for streaming audio and video. Mac OS X also features an
 entirely new user interface called Aqua. Aqua combines superior ease of use
 with amazing new functionality such as the Dock, a breakthrough for organizing
 applications, documents and document windows.
     Mac OS X is the first operating system designed from the ground up for the
 Internet and includes a number of key Internet applications including
 Microsoft Internet Explorer:mac 5.1 Preview Release; Apple's new, easy-to-use
 Mail client compatible with the most popular Internet email accounts;
 QuickTime player; and Sherlock(R) Internet search tool. Apple's innovative
 suite of Internet Services will be fully integrated into Mac OS X, providing
 all users with an automatic iTools account and access to new features such as
 quick access to their iDisk Internet storage folder.
     Apple also announced today it will immediately begin shipping Mac OS 9.1,
 the latest update of Mac OS 9. Designed to ensure a smooth transition to Mac
 OS X, Mac OS 9.1 serves as the basis for Classic, the technology in Mac OS X
 that ensures compatibility with today's application software.
 
     Pricing & Availability
     Mac OS X will be available through The Apple Store(TM) (www.apple.com) and
 through Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of US$129
 beginning March 24, 2001. Mac OS X will be preinstalled as the standard
 operating system on Macintosh computers beginning this summer.
     Mac OS 9.1 is immediately available through The Apple Store
 (www.apple.com) and through Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail
 price of US$99, and is available as a free download for Mac OS 9 customers at
 www.apple.com/macos.
 
     System Requirements
     Mac OS X requires a minimum of 128MB of memory and is designed to run on
 the following Apple products: iMac(TM), iBook(TM), Power Macintosh(R) G3,
 Power Mac(TM) G4, Power Mac G4 Cube and PowerBook(TM) introduced after
 September 1998.
 
     Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple
 II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Apple
 is committed to bringing the best personal computing experience to students,
 educators, creative professionals and consumers around the world through its
 innovative hardware, software and Internet offerings.
 
     Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh, Aqua, Carbon, Cocoa, Finder, iBook,
 iMac, Mac, Macintosh, Mac OS, Power Mac, PowerBook, Quartz, QuickTime and
 Sherlock are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Apple. Other
 company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE Apple Computer, Inc.
    MACWORLD EXPO, SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ --
 Apple(R) (Nasdaq: AAPL) today announced that Mac(R) OS X, the next generation
 Macintosh(R) operating system, will ship on March 24, 2001 for a suggested
 retail price of US$129. Mac OS X is the world's most advanced operating
 system, combining the power and openness of UNIX with the legendary ease of
 use and broad applications base of Macintosh.
 
     Mac OS X features:
     -- an open source, UNIX based foundation called Darwin;
     -- Apple's new Quartz(TM) graphics engine based on the PDF standard for
        stunning graphics and broad font support;
     -- OpenGL for spectacular 3D graphics and gaming;
     -- integrated QuickTime(TM) for streaming audio and video;
     -- the Classic API, which runs most existing Mac(R) applications "as is";
     -- the Carbon(TM) API, which runs "tuned-up" Mac applications with the
        full Mac OS X features;
     -- the Cocoa(TM) API, which runs advanced object-oriented applications,
        providing developers the fastest and most powerful way to create
        applications for Mac OS X;
     -- the full Java 2 API, providing developers the most advanced Java 2
        client available; and
     -- the Aqua(TM) user interface, an entirely new user interface with
        superior ease of use, amazing new functionality and a stunning, elegant
        new appearance.
 
     "Mac OS X is the future of the Mac, and we hope it will delight our
 customers with its unrivaled power and ease of use," said Steve Jobs, Apple's
 CEO. "The Public Beta has generated incredible feedback and support from Mac
 users and developers, which has helped us to make Mac OS X the most advanced
 operating system ever."
     Apple has shipped more than 100,000 copies of Mac OS X Public Beta since
 its release in September and has received more than 75,000 individual user
 feedback entries from Mac users and developers worldwide. The reaction to the
 Public Beta has been overwhelmingly positive, particularly in response to Mac
 OS X's incredible stability, Aqua user interface, easy installation and
 compatibility with existing applications. Direct input from customers has also
 helped Apple enhance key aspects of Mac OS X with powerful improvements to the
 Dock, Desktop, Finder(TM) and networking technology, making Mac OS X more
 customizable and familiar to Mac users.
     More than 400 leading developers, including Adobe, Alias|Wavefront,
 Macromedia and Microsoft have committed to delivering more than 1,200
 applications built for Mac OS X. In addition, more than 100 developers will
 announce new Mac OS X products this week at Macworld. A complete listing of
 applications built for Mac OS X is available at
 http://guide.apple.com/macosxlist.html.
     Mac OS X is built upon an incredibly stable, open source, UNIX based
 foundation called Darwin and features true memory protection, preemptive
 multi-tasking and symmetric multiprocessing when running on the dual processor
 Power Mac(TM) G4. Mac OS X includes Apple's new Quartz 2D graphics engine
 (based on the Internet-standard Portable Document Format) for stunning
 graphics and broad font support; OpenGL for spectacular 3D graphics and
 gaming; and QuickTime for streaming audio and video. Mac OS X also features an
 entirely new user interface called Aqua. Aqua combines superior ease of use
 with amazing new functionality such as the Dock, a breakthrough for organizing
 applications, documents and document windows.
     Mac OS X is the first operating system designed from the ground up for the
 Internet and includes a number of key Internet applications including
 Microsoft Internet Explorer:mac 5.1 Preview Release; Apple's new, easy-to-use
 Mail client compatible with the most popular Internet email accounts;
 QuickTime player; and Sherlock(R) Internet search tool. Apple's innovative
 suite of Internet Services will be fully integrated into Mac OS X, providing
 all users with an automatic iTools account and access to new features such as
 quick access to their iDisk Internet storage folder.
     Apple also announced today it will immediately begin shipping Mac OS 9.1,
 the latest update of Mac OS 9. Designed to ensure a smooth transition to Mac
 OS X, Mac OS 9.1 serves as the basis for Classic, the technology in Mac OS X
 that ensures compatibility with today's application software.
 
     Pricing & Availability
     Mac OS X will be available through The Apple Store(TM) (www.apple.com) and
 through Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of US$129
 beginning March 24, 2001. Mac OS X will be preinstalled as the standard
 operating system on Macintosh computers beginning this summer.
     Mac OS 9.1 is immediately available through The Apple Store
 (www.apple.com) and through Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail
 price of US$99, and is available as a free download for Mac OS 9 customers at
 www.apple.com/macos.
 
     System Requirements
     Mac OS X requires a minimum of 128MB of memory and is designed to run on
 the following Apple products: iMac(TM), iBook(TM), Power Macintosh(R) G3,
 Power Mac(TM) G4, Power Mac G4 Cube and PowerBook(TM) introduced after
 September 1998.
 
     Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple
 II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Apple
 is committed to bringing the best personal computing experience to students,
 educators, creative professionals and consumers around the world through its
 innovative hardware, software and Internet offerings.
 
     Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh, Aqua, Carbon, Cocoa, Finder, iBook,
 iMac, Mac, Macintosh, Mac OS, Power Mac, PowerBook, Quartz, QuickTime and
 Sherlock are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Apple. Other
 company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 SOURCE  Apple Computer, Inc.