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Apple Releases Mac OS X Developer Preview 4 with Final API Specs

Preview Comes Bundled with Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 and Supports the Java 2 Platform

WWDC, SAN JOSE, California—May 15, 2000—Apple® today released its fourth developer preview of Mac® OS X to the 4,000 developers attending its annual Worldwide Developer Conference. This preview version of Apple’s next generation operating system includes the final API specifications required by developers to complete upgrades of their applications to take full advantage of Mac OS X’s new capabilities. Mac OS X Developer Preview 4 also includes a version of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 5 specifically for Mac OS X, and support for the Java 2 Platform.

“With this Preview release, developers now have everything they need to make killer applications for Mac OS X,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We are incredibly pleased at the support we are getting from many of the world’s best software developers for Mac OS X, the future of the Mac platform.”

Mac OS X supports the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) featuring the HotSpot client virtual machine. Mac OS X, a completely new implementation of the Macintosh® operating system, will be the only high-volume personal computer operating system with out-of-the-box Java 2 integration. Java applications running on Mac OS X will realize the benefits of the Aqua user interface, a major advancement in personal computer user interfaces.

More than 200 developers have committed to delivering products for Mac OS X since early January, including Adobe, Alias|Wavefront, Avid, Canon, Dantz, Digidesign, Disney Interactive, EarthLink, Epson, FileMaker, HP, IBM, Macromedia, Microsoft, Palm and Sun Microsystems. Alias|Wavefront today announced that Maya, the premier 3D application, will be available on the Mac® for the first time with Mac OS X; and Adobe demonstrated its desktop publishing application, InDesign, on Mac OS X.

Availability & System Requirements
A public beta of Mac OS X will be available this summer enabling customers to experience Apple’s next generation operating system firsthand. The final version 1.0 of Mac OS X will be available in January 2001. Mac OS X is designed to run on all Macintosh computers using PowerPC G3 and G4 processor chips, and requires a minimum of 64 MB of memory.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Apple is committed to bringing the best personal computing experience to students, educators, creative professionals and consumers around the world through its innovative hardware, software and Internet offerings.

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