No stampede for Apple's OS X

Apple's long-awaited operating system update, OS X, has been launched in New Zealand but users don't appear to be falling over themselves in a rush to upgrade.

Apple's long-awaited operating system update, OS X, has been launched in New Zealand but users don't appear to be falling over themselves in a rush to upgrade.

"We won't do it instantly," says John Lin, system administrator at Bomac Laboratories in south Auckland, which has three high-end Macs for graphic design applications.

"We usually wait six months until the first bug fix comes out before moving to a new release," Lin says.

Simon Baskerville, assistant finance manager at Wellington-based Flinders Co-operative insurance adjusters, is similarly cautious.

"A new release doesn't make enough of a difference for us to do immediately," Baskerville says.

Mac OS X promises features Mac users have been waiting years for, including memory protection, pre-emptive multitasking and symmetric multiprocessing when running on the dual-processor Power Mac G4.

Baskerville says memory protection will be a bonus and so will any extra speed the OS ekes out of existing applications.

The new OS requires 128MB of RAM and is designed to run on iMac, iBook, Power Macintosh G3, Power Mac G4, Power Mac G4 Cube and PowerBooks introduced after September 1998.

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