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Mac OS X 10.1 to ship next week as planned

Dual-processor servers too, we hear

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Apple Expo Paris may have been cancelled, but Mac OS X 10.1 will be launched next week, we understand from sources close to the company.

The latest version of Apple's next-generation operating system was expected to have been the highlight of CEO Steve Jobs' keynote at the Paris show. When Apple cancelled the event in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, some observers were concerned the release of the OS upgrade may be delayed too.

All the indications are that it will become available exactly as planned. Quite apart from Mac users' eagerness to get hold of the software as soon as they can, Apple surely wants to get it out well before the Windows XP bandwagon begins in earnest.

According to reports from beta-testers Mac OS X 10.1, codenamed Puma, delivers Apple's pledge to improve the OS' speed and functionality. And reports from testers also suggest that the most recent build, 5G64, has been designated Golden Master - the version from which the shipping version will be duplicated.

Version 10.1 finally brings DVD playback to the OS and CD writing to the Finder, along with improved Aqua aesthetics and some 'about time too' features like displaying filenames in full.

But will Apple release further Power Mac G4 servers too? Having replaced the old 533MHz Graphite server with a 733MHz Quicksilver model, we expect Apple to extend the line with a dual 800MHz unit. We've had strong hints that that will indeed happen next week. ®

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