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Apple Previews Next-Generation OS X: 'Jaguar'Jobs urges developers to abandon OS 9
The new version of Mac OS X, code-named "Jaguar," is expected to arrive this summer. "Jaguar is packed with incredible new features that Mac OS X users are going to love, including our iChat instant messaging software," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "Jaguar takes the world's highest-volume UNIX-based operating system to the next level, adding amazing new technologies never before seen in any operating system." New features in Jaguar include:
- QuickTime 6, with MPEG-4 video and AAC audio streaming;
- iChat, Apple's new AIM-compatible instant messaging software that is built into Mac OS X and integrated with the new Mail and Address Book applications;
- Rendezvous, Apple's proposed new industry standard for automatic discovery of computers, devices and services on IP networks;
- Address Book, Apple's new system-wide database for managing contact information;
- An improved Finder, with spring-loaded folders and new "instant searching;"
- Sherlock 3;
- Quartz Extreme, a hardware-accelerated Quartz graphics and compositing engine for 2D and 3D;
- Increased compatibility with Windows networks with SMB browsing and sharing and built-in PPTP VPN security.
Developer previews of Jaguar went to WWDC attendees today, including a preview release of QuickTime 6.
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