MACWORLD EXPO, SAN FRANCISCO—Apple® today announced that Mac® OS X, the next generation Macintosh® 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™ graphics engine based on the PDF standard for stunning graphics and broad font support;
*OpenGL for spectacular 3D graphics and gaming;
*integrated QuickTime™ for streaming audio and video;
*the Classic API, which runs most existing Mac® applications “as is”;
*the Carbon™ API, which runs “tuned-up” Mac applications with the full Mac OS X features;
*the Cocoa™ 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™ 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.
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