The Mac OS Report. One in a Series.
The Mac OS. It does. It will. you can.
At Apple, we started with one simple goal: to make it easier to do the things
you want to do. Over the years, the Macintosh® operating system has helped
millions of people do just that, by providing a simple, intuitive approach that makes
all aspects of computing easier. But even more impressive than what a Macintosh
can help you do today is what it will help you do tomorrow.
It does more than ever.
So what does the future of the Mac® OS look like? For a glimpse, check out our
newly released Mac OS 7.6. It’s faster than ever before – so you can
start your Mac, launch applications, save files and print up to 40% faster.
Connecting to the Internet is easier too. With the latest version of the Apple®
Internet Connection Kit (it includes Netscape Navigator™ 3.0 and other
Internet tools), you’re one step away from accessing the Net. Or, if you
prefer, you can use AOL, or our own Apple Cyberdog™ – they’re
included with Mac OS 7.6 along with TCP/IP and PPP.
Mac OS also has the latest version of Apple QuickTime®, the industry standard
for multimedia creation and delivery. And it makes upgrading easier: with one
CD-ROM and a streamlined installation process.
Intrigued? Then you’ll love what comes next. Because we’re hard at
work on the next version of the Mac OS, code-named Tempo. Right from the start
you’ll notice a new look, with beveled buttons, icon drop shadows and
other 3-D enhancements to the desktop. Tempo will dramatically improve system
responsiveness by incorporating multitasking, multi-threaded functionality and
native PowerPC™ capabilities directly in the OS. So you can run multiple
applications more smoothly, and launch new applications while files are copying
in the background. Tempo extends our Internet capabilities with easy
setup, personal web sharing and built-in Java™. And it will help you be
more organized, by reducing on-screen clutter with spring-loaded folders and
pop-up windows for frequently used items.
Of course, Tempo also paves the way for further updates to the Mac OS.
Because there’s much more to come.
It will be the NeXT thing.
When we began defining a new software architecture that would take us into the
future, we had two clear objectives: to enhance our traditional strengths, and
to create an operating system that would leapfrog the competition, setting standards
into the next century.
Enter NeXT®. By acquiring NeXT Software and adopting their kernel-based
architecture, Apple can offer advanced system services such as true
multitasking, protected memory and symmetrical multiprocessing. We have also
strengthened our position in client-server and Internet/Intranet markets.
And NeXT’s object-oriented development environment and powerful tools
such as WebObjects™ and Enterprise Objects Framework™ give us
clear advantages in the creation of new solutions.
Merging NeXT and the Mac OS will create a next-generation OS that will give
our competitors something new to catch up to. It will be an OS that helps developers
create breakthrough applications by allowing greater experimentation and
efficient reuse of code. It will include the best of our graphics
technologies, such as ColorSync® and QuickDraw® GX. And we plan to adopt
the Adobe® PostScript® imaging model as well. It will fully support the
Quicklime Media Layer. It will provide industrial-strength reliability,
performance and ease of use. And it will be an ideal platform for publishing,
multimedia and Internet applications yet to come.
What is the name of this new OS? Its code name is Rhapsody.
It will be an Apple thing.
Rhapsody will leave other operating systems in the dust. But not Apple
customers. To start with, Rhapsody will enhance the general look and feel
of today’s Mac OS interface. It will support all currently shipping
Mac OS-based systems. Itwill run the vast majority of existing Mac OS
applications by hosting the complete Mac OS on the Rhapsody kernel.
In short, Rhapsody will run your existing applications and utilities, read
your files, recognize your current fonts and extensions and play your movies
and sounds. Rhapsody will deliver the kind of technology you expect from Apple.
The kind of technology that appeals to anyone who requires the highest
performance for publishing, Internet and multimedia authoring, and scientific
and technical work. The kind of technology that appeals to people who like
to, well, get things done. You can.
What does all this mean? It means you can do everything you’re used to doing
now, plus a few things you might not yet imagine. It means you can buy a Mac
today and not worry about its compatibility with Rhapsody tomorrow. It means
Rhapsody won’t just be a new way to use a Macintosh – it
will define an entirely new way to use computers. You can learn more by
visiting us at www.macos.apple.com or by calling 800-538-9696 for information by fax.
“The Mac you buy today won’t be obsolete tomorrow. Because Rhapsody will be
compatible with all currently shipping Mac OS systems.”
[Mac OS version diagram]
“Apple’s complementary operating systems – Mac OS and Rhapsody –
allow you to choose the system that best meets your needs. They also allow you to decide
when it’s time to make the transition.”
[Mac OS logo]
“The world’s most intuitive and easy-to-use operating system will remain
just that. With regular system updates and enhancements, the Mac OS will take
you well into the future.”
“The acquisition of NeXT provides Apple with additional strengths in
performance, reliability, network management and rapid application development.”
“Mac OS 7.6 extends Apple’s leadership in graphics and multimedia
by bringing together the latest versions of Apple QuickTime technologies,
collectively known as the QuickTime Media Layer”
[Adobe PostScript logo]
“Apple intends to adopt the Adobe® PostScript® imaging model for
Rhapsody and transfer the best of our existing graphic technologies, including
ColorSync and QuickDraw GX.”
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