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Apple has announced that OS X, the next generation Macintosh operating system, will be available from 24 March 2001. The new system requires a minimum of 128Mb of memory and is designed to run only on machines introduced after September 1998 including the following: iMac, iBook, Power Macintosh G3, Power Mac G4, Power Mac G4 Cube and PowerBooks.
OS X is claimed to be 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 Internet search tool.
There's a new ' Aqua ' user interface that is said to offer 'superior ease of use, amazing new functionality and a stunning, elegant new appearance.'
Apple has also announced that 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 X will be available through The Apple Store (http://www.apple.com/ukstore) and through Apple Authorised Resellers. US pricing has been set at $129. UK pricing
will be announced in due course. Mac OS X will be pre-installed as the standard operating system on Macintosh computers beginning this summer. Mac OS 9.1 has a suggested selling price of 79 or as a free download for Mac OS 9 customers from www.apple.com/uk/macos.