“This new version of Mac OS X is really fast, and incorporates many suggestions from our users, such as the moveable Dock that can be placed on the left, bottom or right edge of the screen,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’ve fixed a lot of bugs, and added a lot of great new features, like burning CDs right from the Finder and the ability to seamlessly network with Windows clients and servers.”
Mac OS X v10.1 delivers improved performance, with dramatically faster application launch times, blindingly fast menus and window resizing, faster logins and a more responsive feel overall. In addition, Mac OS X v10.1 features an enhanced Aqua interface, with a moveable Dock, which can be placed on the right, bottom or left edge of the screen; Dock menus that enable running applications to present a menu from their Dock icon providing fast access to commonly performed functions; and new menu items for frequently used system controls like battery, AirPort™, monitors and sound.
Mac OS X v10.1 is the ultimate digital hub, with the ability to create a music library and burn music CDs with iTunes, burn data CDs from the Finder, make movies with iMovie™ 2, watch DVDs with the DVD Player and create DVDs with iDVD.
Macworld attendees also had the opportunity to see their favorite applications and third-party peripherals work natively with Mac OS X v10.1. Top developers including Microsoft, Adobe, Quark, FileMaker, IBM, Alias|Wavefront, Aspyr, Blizzard, Connectix and WorldBook showed their support by demonstrating new applications running on Mac OS X.
Throughout the operating system, Apple has ensured that Mac OS X v10.1 fully leverages its UNIX-based design, significantly increases performance and provides new features including:
• dramatically enhanced system performance, especially application launch time and window resizing;
• fine tuning of the Aqua interface for a more customizable experience that includes the ability to position the Dock on the left, the right or at the bottom of the screen;
• data CD burning capabilities within the Finder and DVD video playback and authoring capabilities to support iDVD, making Mac OS X the ultimate engine for the digital hub;
• broadened support for hundreds of third-party peripherals such as printers, cameras, camcorders, MP3 players, rewriteable drives and storage devices;
• unprecedented network integration with Mac®, Windows, Linux and UNIX environments through AFP/AppleTalk®, SMB/CIFS, WebDAV and NFS file services running on Mac OS X Server, AppleShare®, UNIX, Linux, Windows NT and Windows 2000 servers;
• greatly enhanced 3D graphics performance with updated OpenGL software and full support for NVIDIA GeForce3;
• a more powerful and efficient iDisk leveraging the Internet standard WebDAV protocol to allow users to stay connected to their iDisk, even behind corporate firewalls;
• substantial improvements to AppleScript® throughout the system and full support for Internet scripting using SOAP and XML; and
• the final version of Internet Explorer 5.1 with full support for Mac OS X’s Java 2 runtime.
Mac OS X v10.1 will ship this September and will be available as a full retail package through The Apple Store® (www.apple.com), at Apple’s retail stores and through Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $129 (US). Mac OS X v10.1 will be available for current Mac OS X users as an upgrade package through Apple’s Mac OS Up-to-Date program for $19.95 (US).
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.
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