Some Mac users are finding problems with American Online software and the new Mac OS 9.1. Several users have experienced the situation where they try to open AOL under the operating system update, and AOL unexpectedly quits.
And what of Mac OS X? Last July Jeff Kimball, executive director of AOL clients, told MacCentral that the company was working on a Mac OS X version, but gave no details.
Although America Online version 6.0 for Windows was released last October, Mac users will have to wait for its new features until spring of next year, an AOL spokeswoman told MacCentral late last year.
“We will be releasing AOL version 6 for Mac in the spring of next year,” AOL spokeswoman Anne Bentley said.
If everything stays on schedule, customers would see a finalized version by early June 2001. Bentley said that many of the features released in version 6.0 for Windows will be part of the Mac equivalent, but wouldn’t elaborate. Historically, the Mac version when released, has added a number features exclusive to the Windows version
along with new Mac-only enhancements to leverage the differences in the operating systems.
Whether or not AOL 6.0 for Mac will be Carbonized — in other words, tweaked for OS X — is unknown.
We are still trying to get to the bottom of the problems with AOL and Mac OS 9.1.