Apple today introduced Mac OS X 10.2, which includes more than 150 new features and applications, according to Apple.

Mac OS X 10.2 includes a new Mail application designed to eliminate junk mail; iChat AIM-compatible instant messenger; a system-wide Address Book; Inkwell handwriting recognition; QuickTime 6 with MPEG-4; improved Universal Access; an enhanced Finder; Sherlock 3 with Internet Services and Rendezvous Apple's home-networking technology.

Mac OS X 10.2 – codenamed Jaguar – will be available in the UK on August 24 for £99 (price includes VAT).

Switch During his Macworld Expo opening keynote speech, Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs said: "Jaguar is light years ahead of Windows XP. There’s never been a better time to switch to Mac.

"With Unix at its core, and the most advanced object-oriented environment ever, Mac OS X is delivering more software innovation than our industry has seen in a decade."

Enhanced Mail features a junk mail filter that studies the contents of messages as they're used, not just filtering emails based on keywords.

iChat iChat, Apple’s new AIM-compatible instant messaging application allows users to instantly chat with AOL and users through an "easy-to-use" interface.

The improved Address Book allows users to enter information just once and access it from other applications. The Address Book has a new interface and a quick way to search through contact information. It also has smart editing and supports Bluetooth and syncing with Apple’s new iSync.

Inkwell is an advanced handwriting-recognition technology that is fully integrated into the text system. All applications can take full advantage of it with an input tablet, Apple claims.

Mac OS X 10.2 will also feature QuickTime 6 with support for MPEG-4, the new worldwide standard for creating and viewing the highest-quality audio and video content over the Internet, and on wireless devices such as mobile phones and personal digital assistants.

The updated app also features an enhanced Finder, featuring a new quick file search from the toolbar for a better view of files and a faster way to locate them, and the return of spring-loaded folders.

Web savvy Sherlock 3 is Apple’s new Internet Services tool that displays a personalized view of the information users access the most – such as stock quotes, maps and restaurants.

Rendezvous, Apple’s home-networking technology, enables users to link devices to computers instantly without any configuration via Ethernet, AirPort, FireWire, USB or Bluetooth.

Quartz Extreme is also new to the update, it accelerates graphics performance by using the power of the Mac’s built-in graphics engine to make the desktop more responsive and deliver seamlessly blended 2D, 3D and QuickTime content onto the desktop.

Mac OS X 10.2 will be available through the Apple Store.

Customers that purchase Mac OS X 10.1 after July 17 will be able to upgrade to Mac OS X 10.2 for £14.