Happy 4th Birthday to Apple’s Mac OS X!

Happy 4th Birthday, Mac OS X!

CUPERTINO, California—March 21, 2001—Apple® today announced that beginning this Saturday, March 24, customers can buy Mac® OS X in retail stores around the world. 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 is the most important software from Apple since the original Macintosh operating system in 1984 that revolutionized the entire industry,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We can’t wait for Mac users around the globe to experience its stability, power and elegance.”

Over 350 applications for Mac OS X are shipping today, with hundreds more coming by this summer. More than 10,000 developer organizations around the world are working on over 20,000 Mac OS X applications, including 4D, Aladdin Systems, Alias/Wavefront, Avid, Connectix, Dantz, Digidesign, EarthLink, FileMaker, IBM, Macromedia, Microsoft, MYOB, Palm, Sun, Symantec, and Thursby Software Systems.

Apple will also ship Mac OS X versions of its three most popular applications on March 24, available as free downloads at http://www.apple.com: iMovie™ 2, the world’s most popular and easiest-to-use digital video editing software; iTunes, Apple’s wildly popular “jukebox” software that lets users create and manage their own music library; and a preview version of AppleWorks® 6.1, Apple’s award-winning productivity application.

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™ 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, documents and document windows.

In addition, Mac OS X includes hundreds of new features, such as:
• Dynamic memory management, eliminating “out of memory” messages or need to adjust the memory for applications
• Advanced power management, so that PowerBook® and iBook™ systems wake from sleep instantly
• QuickTime 5, shipping for the first time as an integrated feature of Mac OS X
• Automatic networking, allowing users to get on the Internet using any available network connection, without adjusting settings
• A single interface to easily manage all network and Internet connections, including direct support for DSL systems that require PPPoE connectivity
• Full PDF support and PDF integration into the operating system, so that Mac OS X applications can generate standard PDF documents to be shared with any platform
• Direct support for TrueType, Type 1 and OpenType fonts, and an intuitive and flexible interface for managing fonts and groups of fonts
• More than $1,000 of the best fonts available today, including Baskerville, Herman Zapf’s Zapfino, Futura, and Optima; as well as the highest-quality Japanese fonts available, in the largest character set ever on a personal computer
• iTools integration into Mac OS X, for direct access to iDisk free Internet storage in the Finder and Open/Save dialog boxes, and free IMAP mail for Mac.com email accounts
• Built in support for popular HP, Canon, and Epson printers
• Easy to administer multi-user environment, with access privileges to keep documents secure
• Powerful web development tools and technologies such as WebDAV, XML, Apache and QuickTime
• BSD UNIX services including popular shells, Perl and FTP
• Support for symmetric multi-processing, so that on dual-processor Power Mac G4 systems, both processors are used automatically to deliver up to twice the productivity
• File system and network security including support for Kerberos
• Support for Java 2 Standard Edition built directly into Mac OS X, giving customers access to cross platform applications

Apple’s successful Mac OS X Public Beta, which shipped in September 2000, was instrumental in several key enhancements to the operating system. Apple shipped more than 100,000 copies of Mac OS X Public Beta and received more than 75,000 individual user feedback entries from Mac users and developers worldwide.

To help customers migrate to Mac OS X, Apple iServices will offer several new services, including a comprehensive set of Mac OS X training and certification offerings for Mac OS X system administrators.

Pricing & Availability
Mac OS X will ship with 7 languages—English, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Dutch— included on a single CD. In addition, the Mac OS X box will include a full copy of Mac OS 9.1, for running Classic applications, and the Mac OS X Developer Tools CD.

Mac OS X will be available through The Apple Store® (http://www.apple.com) and through Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $129 (US) beginning March 24, 2001.

Mac OS X requires a minimum of 128MB of memory and is designed to run on the following Apple products: iMac™, iBook, Power Macintosh® G3, Power Mac G4, Power Mac G4 Cube and any PowerBook introduced after May 1998.

Press release link: http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2001/mar/21osxstore.html

[Thanks to “macnut222” for the reminder – and it’s on our iCal calendars and everything!]

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  1. This PC on my desktop (Windows XP) has been up for over six hours now. Last rebooted because of domain authentication problems.

    The iMac at home (OS X, 10.3) has been up for a few weeks. Probably last rebooted for some upgrade, not a crash.

    My domain server (Debian Linux on Power Mac 7300/180) has been up for eighteen months! Last rebooted because of an extended power outage. And the reboot before that, over two years ago, was for UPS installation.

    Given the same kind of usage, OS X’s stability is closer to Debian than to Windows.

  2. NOT SO FAST! OS X Finder window list updating is still so poor as to border on being a lo-tech joke… and they’ve only had 4 years to fix it. I’d almost prefer the odd OS 9 crash than to suffer this constant daily frustration.

  3. Happy B-Day and THANK YOU to all of the current and former Apple/NeXT Employees who made it possible through tons of hard work.
    Thanx also go to the developers of the many Open Source and Open Standards projects that Apple has built into or uses in OS X.
    Thanx to the Developers, especially the “ground floor” ones, who made the great effort to rewrite their apps on a brand new platform.
    Thanx to all of the resellers and my fellow Mac users who supported the Mac and this transition to an all new OS.
    It’s a good day and a good time to be a Mac user.

  4. Twenty Benson — I’ve noticed that too . . . and I HATE IT! Why the hell do I have to click on an actual item to get it to update?!?!?!?

    DEFINITELY an item that needs to be addressed. But I’ll still take OS X over anything else, anyday.

  5. and a preview version of AppleWorks® 6.1, Apple’s award-winning productivity application

    uh … what award did Appleworks win, and was it perhaps self-conferred?

    As an aside, is Appleworks officially dead now that iWork is on the scene? I guess the spreadsheet capabilities are still missing.

  6. “…..In addition, Mac OS X includes hundreds of new features, such as:…………..

    …….QuickTime 5, shipping for the first time as an integrated feature of Mac OS X……”

    uhhh…. I still have a Classic Mac running OS 9.1 (online)…and its running QT 6.0.3….

    Are we going backwards in time now ??

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