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SJ Mercury: Final version of Mac OS X will be delayed to 2001

May 16, 2000, 19:09 (0 Talkback[s])

"The delayed release of a final product did not alarm analysts, who pointed out that operating system upgrades -- most notoriously those for Microsoft's dominant Windows family -- are typically late."

"I can't get terribly upset about it," said J.P. Morgan analyst Daniel Kunstler. "It was sort of an underhanded way of buying themselves a little bit of time, saying `We're not going to shrink-wrap it but we'll just call it a public beta so we can say we had it out.' But they say they'll have it pre-loaded in January. That's when the excuses run out."

"Also, Cupertino-based Apple has been delivering on things investors care about. In the past four quarters, Apple's growth rate in unit sales and revenue has beaten industry leaders Dell, Compaq and Gateway. Apple's earnings growth -- at 56 percent -- has been more than twice that of its nearest competitor, Dell."

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