Apple previewed Mac OS X 10.2 today, and as part of this weekis WWDC festivities, the company also touted the fact that there are some 3000 Mac OS X apps. Apple also says that there has been 100% growth in its developer community and that 46% of the members of the Apple Developer Connection (Appleis developer organization) are Unix or Java coders. The company does not specify whether or not those people are new to the Mac platform, or simply include Unix and/or Java amongst their skills. From Apple:
Apple® today announced that since the September preview of Mac® OS X version 10.1, the number of native Mac OS X applications from developers such as Adobe, Microsoft, Corel, Macromedia, MathWorks, Oracle and Sybase have more than doubled to over 3,000.
Since its launch in March 2001, the appeal of Mac OS X has led to more than 100 percent growth in Appleis developer community. In fact, more than 46 percent of Apple Developer Connection members are UNIX or Java programmers. Over three million Macs® with Mac OS X have shipped to date, making Apple the number one supplier of UNIX-based systems in the world.
"Mac OS X is bringing thousands of new developers to the Mac platform, including a large number from the UNIX and Java communities," said Steve Jobs, Appleis CEO. "Now with Jaguaris innovative technologies, such as Quartz Extreme, QuickTime 6 and Rendezvous, developers can create amazing applications that canit even be imagined on other platforms."
"Jaguar" is the code name for the next major version of Mac OS X and will be available to Mac customers in late summer 2002. Today Mac developers received a preview copy of "Jaguar" that includes iChat, Appleis new AIM-compatible instant messaging software; QuickTime® 6, the complete MPEG-4 and AAC audio streaming solution; Rendezvous, Appleis proposed new industry standard for dynamic discovery of computers and devices over IP networks; Address Book the new system-wide database for managing contacts; an enhanced Finder with spring-loaded folders and integrated instant searching; Sherlock® 3, an all-new version with several new innovative "channels;" Quartz Extreme, the hardware accelerated Quartz graphics and compositing engine; and advances to UNIX tools and technology and Windows compatibility.
A unique platform for developers, Mac OS X delivers the power of an open, UNIX-based architecture with support for industry standards such as Apache, OpenGL, Java, WebDAV and PDF. "Jaguar" provides increased UNIX support with such features as the new GCC 3.0 compiler, the OpenGL Profiler, the latest BSD components to sync Mac OS X with FreeBSD 4.4, security enhancements with IPv6, AES 128, CDSA and PAM security module and an improved terminal application with Unicode support.