The first big news today from the WWDC 2002 is that Apple now officially stops the MacOS 9 development and goes full speed with OSX. Steve Jobs calls the next step “X only. It’s time to drop OS 9,” he said. “We can do things in X that we just can’t do in 9… a hundred percent of what we’re doing is X only.” He cited Microsoft as an example of companies that are going X only. Apple expects to see 5 million MacOSX users by the end of the year. “These are the guys buying the application software,” he said. “MacOS 9 isn’t dead for our customers, but it is for you [the developers]. Today we say goodbye to MacOS 9 for all future development,” said Jobs. Stay tuned for more news from WWDC. Update: “Quartz Extreme” will probably force most of the Mac users to upgrade. Read on. Update 2: Read on.“Quartz Extreme” is a new technology that takes the compositing engine in Quartz, and accelerates it in graphics cards. Combines 2D, 3D and video in one hardware pipeline via OpenGL. “Everything on the screen is being drawn in hardware by OpenGL.” Requires AGP 2x and 32MB of video RAM. It is not possible on older graphics cards like RAGE 128 cards, said Jobs — that means it’ll work on newer iMacs and eMacs, but not on older machines, Jobs emphasized. AGP 2x and 32MB video RAM are required for this new technology. Jobs said this puts Apple two years ahead of “the other guys.”
Among other things introduced, is InkWell: A Handwriting recognition technology. Recognized by any application that uses text, even basic UNIX applications like Terminal. Jaguar (codename for OSX 10.2 that comes at the end of the Summer) also features database technology which can be used for any app, system wide. Tied into Bluetooth. LDAP searching built in too.
“A week from tomorrow there’ll be some news on the server front.” On May 14th Apple is introducing a dedicated server, rack mount model, Jobs said.
The server version of Jaguar will support Net Install and Net Boot. Every single server can install off of that. Built in Open Directory (LDAP). Server-optimized Java Virtual Machine.
Our Take: I received the Cube 2 weeks ago, and now it seems that I will have to find the special edition GeForce2MX 32 MB (which fits in the Cube) if I want to run OSX 10.2. The funny part is that Apple still sells iBooks with only 8 MB of VRAM and of course, the classic best-sellers iMacs, with 16 MB of ATi Rage Pro 128 (same as a standard Cube). Also, many stores still sell the older Powerbooks with 16 MB of VRAM. Lots and lots of people are going to feel “locked out” because of this advancement in the graphics layer of OSX.
Anyone knows if the requirements for Quartz Extreme are mandatory or if they are not met, the rendering can fallback to software or traditional 2D rendering? If these requirements are mandatory, I don’t see too many happy Mac users… Update: It seems that OSX 10.2 will run on older hardware, but it will not make any use of the OpenGL for the 2D actions. Users with any 32 MB graphics board will just get extra speed boost on transparencies, shadows and other eye candy found on the OSX GUI. The rest of the users, will just render these components in software, as they are render them today in MacOSX 10.1x (slower that is).