Now that Apple Computer Inc. has let the cat halfway out of the bag about the next major revision to Mac OS X, sources report that the "Panther" release will reach end users in mid-September.
According to sources familiar with the forthcoming revisions to the Unix-based OS, Apple will freeze development on new features in May and finalize enhancements to the user interface in July.
While it hasn't publicized the delivery dates, the Cupertino, Calif., Mac maker has begun beating the drum for Panther, the first major release of Mac OS X since "Jaguar" (a k a Mac OS X 10.2) shipped in August 2002. Apple in March announced that it has moved back the 2003 edition of its Worldwide Developers Conference from May to June to prepare a preview release of Panther.
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