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Mac OS X “Gold Master” Released To Manufacturing

World’s Most Advanced Operating System Ready to Ship on March 24

CUPERTINO, CA—March 7, 2001—Apple® today announced that Mac® OS X, the nextgeneration Macintosh® operating system, is complete and the “gold master”has been released to manufacturing for production. Mac OS X will ship onMarch 24, 2001, for a suggested retail price of $129 (US). Mac OS X is theworld’s most advanced operating system, combining the power and openness ofUNIX with the legendary ease of use and broad applications base ofMacintosh.

Mac OS X is built upon an incredibly stable, open source, UNIX basedfoundation called Darwin and features true memory protection, preemptivemulti-tasking and symmetric multiprocessing when running on the dualprocessor Power Mac™ G4. Mac OS X includes Apple’s new Quartz™ 2D graphicsengine (based on the Internet-standard Portable Document Format) forstunning graphics and broad font support; OpenGL for spectacular 3D graphicsand gaming; and QuickTime™ for streaming audio and video. Mac OS X alsofeatures an entirely new user interface called Aqua™. Aqua combines superiorease of use with amazing new functionality such as the Dock, a breakthroughfor organizing applications, documents and document windows.

Mac OS X will be available through The Apple Store® (www.apple.com) andthrough Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $129 (US)beginning March 24, 2001. Mac OS X will be preinstalled as the standardoperating system on Macintosh computers beginning this summer.

Mac OS X requires a minimum of 128MB of memory and is designed to run on thefollowing Apple products: iMac™, iBook™, Power Macintosh® G3, Power Mac G4,Power Mac G4 Cube and PowerBook® introduced after September 1998.

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

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