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Amelio Pins Apple's Hopes on Next Operating System

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Amelio Pins Apple's Hopes on Next Operating System

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Apple Computer Inc. Chairman Gil Amelio on Tuesday outlined his plan for technological renewal, a program intended to restore his troubled company to its former glory as the industry innovator.

Amelio, in his long-awaited talk at the MacWorld trade show, promised a smooth shift to a new Macintosh operating system, software essential to the personal computer's competitiveness and Apple's future.

Amelio believes that blending Apple's technology with that of its impending acquisition of Next Software Inc. -- run by Apple co- founder and former chairman Steve Jobs -- will yield a state-of-the- art operating system. Meanwhile, Apple insists it is committed to making sure that current Mac users won't be left behind as Apple makes the difficult transition, expected to take several years. Apple's new operating system, code-named Rhapsody, will run on current Macintosh computers and will include technology allowing it to work with most applications now being used. Meanwhile, the company will continually update the current operating system, with the first update later this month. "Apple has laid out an OS strategy that provides customers and software developers with a safe, clear upgrade path to breakthrough next-generation computing," Amelio said. Amelio spoke to some 4,000 customers and software developers at the annual MacWorld Expo, the biggest trade show devoted to the Macintosh computer. Jobs, who guided the development of the original Macintosh, was expected to help Amelio whip up enthusiasm for Apple's plan. This year's show is drawing extraordinary attention because of Apple's recent decision to buy Next, its stubborn financial problems and doubts both issues have raised about the company's long-term prospects. Mac fans, before the speech, were guardedly optimistic about Amelio's abilities to bring the company back, Apple's acquisition of Next and the promise of a new operating system. "I will be very happy to watch the new tight ship at Apple hook back up with its original visionary, Jobs," said Megan Peterson, head of the Princeton Macintosh Users Group. …

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