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Tuesday, September 10, 2002
Apple to Boot OS X-Only in 2003
8:54 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

In what will likely be regarded as a controversial yet probably not unexpected press release, Apple today has announced that their systems will ship to boot only Mac OS X as of 2003. While compatibility with OS 9 applications will still be supported through the Classic environment, there will no longer be the option of booting up the computer in OS 9.

Here's a clip from the press release:

“We expect that 20 percent of our entire installed base will be using Mac OS X by the end of this year, making it the fastest operating system transition in recent history,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Now it’s time for Apple and our third-party developers to focus all of our resources exclusively on Mac OS X, rather than dividing them between two different operating systems.”

All new Macs sold since January 2002 have had Mac OS X factory-set as the default operating system. Over 75 percent of customers using these Macs have elected to keep Mac OS X as their default operating system. Apple estimates that there are over 3 million Mac OS X users today, and expects to reach 5 million Mac OS X users—or more than 20 percent of the installed base—by the end of this calendar year.

This is obviously a move to help nudge the last of the new users (and therefore developers) over to OS X, but it won't come without pains for at least a few Mac gamers. There are still some game titles which don't run well in the Classic environment and require a reboot, specifically older games that require 3D control of the system or use the now-defunct RAVE API.

These are obviously in the minority, as most new game titles already include native OS X support. Hopefully this will be the inspiration developers need to start updating their more popular, older applications to OS X (if they aren't already). IMG will keep an eye out for any new updates made available or in the works.

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