Apple has announced that customers
can now buy Mac OS X in stores around the world. Mac OS X is claimed to be 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 is built upon a stable,
open source, UNIX-based foundation called Darwin and features true memory protection,
pre-emptive multi-tasking and symmetric multiprocessing when running on the dual
processor Power Mac 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 organising, documents and document windows.
Mac OS X requires a minimum
of 128MB of memory and is designed to run on the following Apple products: iMac,
iBook, Power Macintosh(r) G3, Power Mac G4, Power Mac G4 Cube and any PowerBook
introduced after May 1998.
The new system will be available
through The Apple Store
(http://www.apple.com/ukstore) and through Apple
Authorised Resellers for a suggested selling price of 99 (inc VAT).