Apple to Ease Off Annual Mac OS Upgrade Pace

By John Pallatto  |  Posted 2004-05-18 Print this article Print

Mac users can expect only a slight moderation of the rapid pace of Mac OS X upgrades, even after Apple releases the next version, code-named Tiger.

SAN FRANCISCO—Apple Computer Inc. will ease up a bit on the frequency of Mac OS X upgrades after it releases the next version, code-named Tiger, the companys chief software technology officer said Tuesday.

But users can expect the company to continue regular upgrades that take advantage of steady advances in Mac hardware, Avadis Tevanian said at the Software & Information Industry Associations Enterprise Software Summit here.

Tevanian conceded that Apples current annual upgrade schedule "is not a sustainable rate. But youll still see us going really fast," he said.

Tevanian rebutted comments that Apple had alienated some of its customers with the rapid pace of Mac OS X upgrades. Some Mac OS 9.x users may have taken their time to upgrade to OS X, he acknowledged.

For insights on the Mac in the enterprise, check out Executive Editor Matthew Rothenbergs Weblog. But many users have upgraded to the latest OS X version as they replace aging Mac hardware and will continue to do so, he said.

Click here to read more about Apples plans for Tiger, Mac OS Version 10.4.

Apple plans to demonstrate Tiger publicly for the first time at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference here June 28. Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple released the current version in October 2003 and is expected to release Tiger before year-end. Tiger will be the fourth major upgrade since Apple introduced Mac OS X in 2001.

Click here to read about a recent security upgrade to Apples Mac OS X. Apple officials have not specified when the new version will be ready to ship.

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John Pallatto John Pallatto is's Managing Editor News/West Coast. He directs eWEEK's news coverage in Silicon Valley and throughout the West Coast region. He has more than 35 years of experience as a professional journalist, which began as a report with the Hartford Courant daily newspaper in Connecticut. He was also a member of the founding staff of PC Week in March 1984. Pallatto was PC Week's West Coast bureau chief, a senior editor at Ziff Davis' Internet Computing magazine and the West Coast bureau chief at Internet World magazine.

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