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Dual processor G4 to wait six months for OS

Caroline Davis
Apple's latest Power Macs may contain dual processors but an operating system capable of supporting them will not be available for six months, writes Caroline Davis

Apple's latest Power Macs may contain dual processors but an operating system capable of supporting them will not be available for six months, writes Caroline Davis.

Last month, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled a range of Power Mac G4 computers with two processors. But the current operating system, Mac OS9, only supports a single-processor computer, and the next version of the software, OSX, will not be available until January 2001.

An Apple spokesman said, "Some programs which run on OS9 such as Adobe Photoshop can use the dual processors, but the application has to be specifically written for dual processors."

"With OSX in place, applications will run automatically on both processors," he added.

OSX, which is based on Free BSD Unix, was due for release this summer but Jobs said that the beta version will not be available until September.

He also demonstrated a 500MHz dual Power PC machine running a Photoshop macro at twice the speed of a 1GHz Intel Pentium III PC, although detailed specifications for the machines were not revealed.

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