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Mac Going X-Only in '03

Classic will still run under OS X By Dave Nagel
Apple today said that all Mac models to be introduced in 2003 will boot only in Mac OS X, no longer giving users the option of starting up off Mac OS 9. The machines will still be able to run OS 9 in Classic mode, however.

According to Apple, there are nearly 4,000 native applications now available for Mac OS X, and the company expects 20 percent of its installed base to be running Mac OS X by the end of this year. Apple CEO Steve Jobs, in a prepared statement, said, "Now it's time for Apple and our third-party developers to focus all of our resources exclusively on Mac OS X, rather than dividing them between two different operating systems."


All new Macs sold since January 2002 have had Mac OS X as the default operating system. According to Apple, 75 percent of those who have purchased one of these models have kept Mac OS X as the start-up system. The company says there are more than 3 million users now operating Mac OS X as their primary system.

Those who still need to run Mac OS 9 applications will be able to do so via Classic.

For more information, visit http://www.apple.com.


Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at dnagel@digitalmedianet.com.

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