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October 12th, 1999

[12:45 PM] Small Batches of Mac OS 9 Are Delivered to Users After All

Reports on MacOS 9 are again flooding in, this time from customers who have actually received their copies. These orders seem to be limited to educational customers and were originally placed in early September. This is contrary to our story on Friday in which we reported that Apple had informed us that the product was not going to ship until the originally announced date of October 23rd. Last Thursday we reported that The Apple Store was preparing to ship the product as early as Friday.

The Apple Store is now reporting that it is out-of-stock and backordered until October 15th, when they expect to resume shipments in larger quantities. Initial reports are positive, and we'll have a full review online shortly.

The official line from Apple is still that will begin shipping on October 23rd, the original shipping date.

The Mac Observer Spin: This appears to have been a simple miscommunication between the Apple Store and the PR department, but the good news is that a few thousand copies of Apple's new operating system have been shipped! As we said in our original story on this issue, it is great to see Apple actually beat their initial shipping date.


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