If you’ve been holding off upgrading Mac OS 9.1 from an older version, it looks like you might be safe waiting just a bit longer. According to Apple’s
Mac OS X Web site, Mac OS 9.1 will be included with the forthcoming retail release of Mac OS X as the “Classic” environment.
You might need a scorecard to keep track here, but Mac OS 9.1 isn’t compatible with the Mac OS X Public Beta that’s been in distribution since last September. The public beta itself won’t run on the Power Mac G4s announced at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco earlier this month, either. However, the new machines are, in Apple’s words, “Mac OS X” ready.
The completed version of Mac OS X is due March 24 for US$129. However, Apple is offering
a $30 discount to those who bought the public beta.
Details on the latest build of Mac OS X can be found in our recent article,
Apple product manager discusses recent OS X build. For more info on the new Mac OS 9.1, see our article entitled
Apple releases Mac OS 9.1.