Apple Announces Mac OS X 10.1 Upgrade

| Macworld/iWorld Expo
Since the release of Mac OS X 10.0, Apple has released 4 minor updates (10.0.1 through 10.0.4) to the operating system. Although these updates offered minor speed and functional updates, OS X still canit match the performanc of Mac OS 9, which has had years to mature and be fine-tuned for the Mac. But all that will change with the release of Mac OS X 10.1. According to Apple:

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.

  • 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 Xis Java 2 runtime.

Mac OS X v10.1 will ship this September.

Mac OS 10.1 will be available for free. You can find more information at the Apple Web site.

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