Apple UK will not see the latest upgrade to the Mac operating system 8 until September, despite the fact that the product will ship in the US two months earlier.
Sources close to the manufacturer confirmed that the Mac OS 8 will be available in the US on 22 July, but that local versions of the operating system will delay the shipping of the product until at least September in the UK.
Mac OS 8 marks an important milestone in Apple?s operating system history as the manufacturer builds internet capability into the OS. It will include Marimba?s Castanet Tuner and Pointcast Network within the software release. There will be a dedicated channel on the Pointcast network so that Macintosh users can have the latest news from Apple delivered straight to their desktop.
Mac OS will include an easy internet setup feature that leads the users through choosing an ISP or network connection, access to browsers from Microsoft and Netscape, and other features, including personal Web sharing and personal Net finder. Apple will enhance its Quicktime multimedia layer and include a 3D look and feel.
There was also speculation that Apple consultant Steve Jobs had offloaded his Apple shares, as more than 3.4 million shares ? more than twice the normal amount traded ? had exchanged hands on 26 June. Earlier this month, he registered with the Securities & Exchange Commission to sell off all but one of the 1.5 million shares he had acquired with Apple?s purchase of Next Software.
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