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A SNEAK PEEK AT APPLE'S COPLAND

APPLE COMPUTER INC. may have hit hard times, but it still has lots of avid fans. At the MacWorld trade show in Boston in August, thousands lined up to hear CEO Gilbert F. Amelio's keynote speech. A big draw for the faithful: A sneak peek at some of the advanced features of Copland, a long-awaited massive upgrade of the Mac operating system.

Although the operating system is already years late, Amelio--and Mac fanatics--are counting on Copland to reestablish Apple's edge over Microsoft Corp. Among Copland's highlights: a format that will make it easier for Mac users to find and open files, whether the information is on their hard drive, corporate network, or the Internet. A search engine will summarize the contents of a document in a sentence or two. And a feature called Data Detectors will scan for useful tidbits such as E-mail addresses. As for the Internet, advanced graphics technologies in Copland will let programmers create fanciful new worlds--say, by adding human facial movements onto cartoon characters. That way, an online Mickey Mouse can smile, frown, and wink just like a real person.

But it's not clear when--if ever--the Mac will get all of these features. Instead of one giant Copland OS, Apple now plans to release upgrades incorporating new features every six months, beginning in January, 1997.

EDITED BY AMY CORTESE By Peter Burrows


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