At this week’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, Calif., Apple noted that Mac OS X now sports more than seven million active users.
“Over the last two years we’ve gone from about a half a million active users to 7 million active users of Mac OS X,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs told attendees of Monday’s WWDC keynote address.
“And look at that curve,” said Jobs, referring to a graphic projected on the screen behind him showing Mac OS X adoption rate. “It’s going up.”
What’s more, the past year has seen the number of Mac OS X-native applications double — now more than 6,000 OS X apps are available. “It’s accelerating,” added Jobs, referring to the pace of Mac OS X-native software releases.
“We are over the crest of the hill in Mac OS X transition,” said Jobs, who added that the transition will be completed this year.
WWDC is giving Mac developers their first chance to learn more about
Panther, the code-name for Apple’s next release of Mac OS X, which it says is headed for release by the end of the year. The new revision will sport more than 100 new features, including many brand-new technologies appearing on Mac OS X for the first time, including Exposé, a new interface technology to help ease the organization of information; Pixlet, a “studio-grade” QuickTime codec that provides HD-quality video; faster PDF rendering, and much more.
To help speed the development of new applications, Apple will in September release
Xcode, a new application development environment that sports features like the ability to make live code changes without needing to restart applications and Distributed Build technology, which lets developers compile applications using multiple computers (or Xserves) over a network.