Reprieve for Mac OS

By Matthew Rothenberg  |  Posted 2002-12-23 Print this article Print

9 Booting"> Reprieve for Mac OS 9 Booting In another announcement of interest to forward-thinking Mac professionals, Apple last week revealed that it has modified its September announcement that as of January, new Macs will boot into Mac OS X only.
Through June, professional users concerned about the shift—most notably customers of the QuarkXPress page-layout application, which hasnt yet made the leap to Mac OS X—will still be able to purchase Mac OS 9-bootable dual 1.25GHz Power Mac G4 towers (the current top of Apples line). In addition, education customers will be able to buy eMacs; iBooks; and CRT-based, low-end iMacs that can boot the classic Mac OS as well as Mac OS X.
While this news helps to quell the concerns of Mac customers worried about a seeming gap between platform support on new machines and the native capabilities of their keystone app, it doesnt really do much to blur Apples line in the sand. As of the San Francisco Expo, those Power Macs will probably be yesterdays news anyway. Customers seeking to make a serious investment in state-of-the-art Mac hardware will most likely still have to choose between running XPress within Mac OS Xs Classic environment, switching to the competing Adobe InDesign package, or toughing it out and delaying their equipment purchases until a Mac OS X-native XPress arrives (apparently sometime in 2003).

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Matthew has been associated with Ziff Davis' news efforts for more than a decade, including an eight-year run with the print and online versions of MacWEEK. He also helped run the news and opinion operations at ZDNet and CNet. Matthew holds a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego.


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