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article imageApple Releases Mac OS X Public Beta and Unveils New iBook Line

By Digital Journal Staff     Sep 13, 2000 in Technology
PARIS, APPLE EXPO - Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today at Apple Expo Paris, where over 250 exhibitors are showcasing solutions and services for the Macintosh platform, Apple released Mac OS X Public Beta and introduced a new iBook line in all new colors.
Apple also announced that it will offer the Radeon graphics accelerator card as a build-to-order option at The Apple Internet store for all Power Mac G4 and Power Mac G4 Cube systems.
Immediately available in English, French and German through The Apple Store for $29.95, Mac OS X features state-of-the-art technology throughout, including advanced Internet and graphics technologies, a new user interface named "Aqua," and an open-source UNIX-based foundation named Darwin.
Mac OS X features true memory protection, pre-emptive multi-tasking, and symmetric multiprocessing when running on the new dual-processor Power Mac G4 line. Mac OS X includes Apple's new Quartz 2D graphics engine (based on the Internet-standard Portable Document Format) for stunning graphics and broad font support; OpenGL for spectacular 3D graphics and gaming, and
QuickTime for streaming audio and video.
In addition, Mac OS X features Apple's new user interface named "Aqua," which combines superior ease-of-use with amazing new functionality such as the "Dock," a breakthrough for
organizing applications, documents and miniaturized windows. Mac OS X Public Beta includes many applications, including Apple's new Mail client (IMAP and POP compatible) and new versions of the QuickTime player and Sherlock Internet searching tool, as well as a beta version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer, the most popular browser for the Mac.
Apple today also unveiled a new iBook line featuring FireWire ports and iMovie 2, the world's most popular and easy-to-use digital video editing software. Apple's new iBook now comes in Indigo and the new iBook Special Edition, which includes a DVD-ROM drive for watching DVD movies on the go, comes in Graphite. Both iBook and iBook Special Edition also come in the
season's hottest new color, Key Lime, available exclusively through The Apple
The new iBook models include: a 366 MHz or 466 MHz PowerPC G3 processor; a 10GB IDE hard drive, configurable to 20GB; a 400 Mbps FireWire port for connecting high-speed peripherals such as digital camcorders and hard disk drives; a CD-ROM drive or DVD-ROM drive; an AV port providing audio and composite video output; and the blazing ATI RAGE Mobility 128 controller with
8MB of SDRAM for great games and graphics.
Providing the most advanced 3D graphics processing available for the Macintosh, the Radeon graphics card is available immediately for order through The Apple Store for all Power Mac G4 and Power Mac G4 Cube models for an additional $100. The addition of the Radeon graphics card means the G4 is available in more than 90,000 build-to-order configurations and the G4 Cube is
available in over 2,000 configurations through The Apple Store.
Apple Expo takes place September 13 through September 17 in Paris, France at Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles.
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