Apple Shows Off Mac OS X Tiger, Xcode

Apple Computer Inc. on Tuesday offered a crowd of developers, consultants and IT managers here a preview of Mac OS 10.4, the next version of the company's Macintosh operating system, code-named Tiger. The software is due in spring 2005, Apple managers said. Demonstrated at the O'Reilly Media Inc.'s Mac OS X Conference here, Apple provided attendees perhaps the second up-close look at Tiger, since its premiere at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in June.

"I know you've heard statements like this before, but this is without a doubt going to be the biggest [operating system] release for developers in Mac history, " said Apple Senior Product Line Manager Chris Bourdon during his Tiger presentation. "The good news: It has by far the most features and capabilities than any other release. The bad news: There's a lot to learn, so it's going to take some time to get familiar with it," he said. Bourdon described the new Apple audio/video architecture slated for Tiger: Core Audio, Core Image and Core Video. These Xcode components, built into Tiger's system, will allow the system-wide addition of special effects to music, image, and film-editing applications.

News source: eWeek

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