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Apple's holy grail

After years of promising a next-generation operating system, Apple launches Mac OS X, but analysts wonder whether it is enough to spur Mac sales.


Will new Mac OS fulfill years-long promises?

By CNET Staff
March 24, 2001, 4:45 p.m. PT

After years of promising a next-generation operating system, Apple launches Mac OS X, but analysts wonder whether it is enough to spur Mac sales.

Mac enthusiasts take a test drive
Mac fans hit stores early Saturday to test drive the new Mac OS X, chat with fellow Mac users and in some cases open their wallets.
March 24, 2001, 4:45 p.m. PT

Most Mac software not yet ready
It will take time for most software developers to release versions of their products that take full advantage of the new operating system.
March 23, 2001, 2:20 p.m. PT

Mac OS X: Built to last?
Apple hopes its years-long effort has produced an operating system powerful enough to last for more than a decade.
March 22, 2001, 4:55 p.m. PT

see CNET Software: CNET's OS X superguide Seven years in the making
After several false starts, abandoned product plans and the return of its prodigal CEO, Apple is finally releasing its next-generation operating system.
March 21, 2001, 4:00 a.m. PT

OS X likely to boost dual-processor systems
Though OS X will probably influence Apple's hardware designs for some time, one of the first effects is likely to be a return to high-end machines with more than one processor.
March 21, 2001, 5:10 p.m. PT

Pretty, but ready for prime time?
review CNET Software looks at the final version and finds a feature-filled OS that, alas, still isn't complete. Find out whether you should invest in the upgrade.
March 24, 2001

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Jobs previews Mac OS X
Steve Jobs at Macworld Expo


Jobs: OS X here; updates on the way
update CD recording and other features aren't ready yet for the new Mac operating system, but Apple CEO Steve Jobs promises updates are coming this spring.
March 21, 2001, 1:30 p.m. PT

OS X won't jump-start Apple finances--yet
The new operating system is seen as critical to Apple's future, but analysts don't expect the software to improve the company's bottom line significantly in the short term.
March 21, 2001, 4:00 a.m. PT

Mac OS X hits some targets, misses others
When Apple serves up the luscious-looking Mac OS X on Saturday, early adopters will find that some important elements are missing but also will discover several extras.
March 20, 2001, 1:30 p.m. PT

The long road  
March 1994
Apple first discusses next-generation OS, code-named "Copland."

August 1995
Macworld Expo crowd told that Copland will be in Mac owners' hands by mid-1996.

Late 1996
Apple cancels Copland.

January 1997
Apple details "Rhapsody," a new next-generation OS.

Apple releases Mac OS 8.0.

May 1998
Interim CEO Steve Jobs announces Mac OS X will ship in fall 1999.

January 2000
Jobs, now CEO, says Mac OS X will reach its beta stage in spring with a "commercial release" in the summer.

May 2000
Jobs announces that Mac OS X will ship as a public beta in late summer, with final release in January 2001.

September 2000
Apple releases public beta of Mac OS X.

January 2001
Jobs sets March 24 as the date Mac OS X will hit store shelves.

Sources: Apple Confidential: The Real Story of Apple Computer Inc., staff reports.