Developers have seen an early version of Apple?s planned Rhapsody OS but are worried it will not work with older Macs or servers.
The variant shown to Silicon Valley developers this week does not offer support for multi-tasking or symmetrical multi-processing, according to sources, which would make it useless for business work groups. The vendor has not shown older Macintoshes running Rhapsody yet, leading to fears it will make old machines obsolete.
Apple is only talking about the features of the Power PC version of Rhapsody, which will be available to developers in October and is on for its planned launch in summer 1998. It said a version for Intel-based machines will be launched a few weeks after the Power PC release.
Apple technical boffins were happy with some of the features shown, however. Apple shows advanced but simple word processing software, easier tweaks for email users and advanced support for Java. The company promised that Java programs will run as quickly as native Rhapsody code and can take advantage of Rhapsody features such as 3D rotation.
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