During his keynote speech at WWDC 2002 yesterday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that over 3,000 applications are now available for Mac OS X.

The company revealed that, since its launch in March 2001, OS X has led to more than 100 per cent growth in Apple’s developer community. At present, 46 per cent of Apple Developer Connection members are Unix or Java programmers, and over three million OS X-installed Macs have shipped to-date. Apple has become the world’s number one Unix supplier.

Applications galore Jobs said: “Mac OS X is bringing thousands of new developers to the Mac platform, including a large number from the Unix and Java communities. Now, with Jaguar’s innovative technologies such as Quartz Extreme, QuickTime 6 and Rendezvous, developers can create amazing applications that can’t even be imagined on other platforms.

News of increasing attention from Java and Unix developers confirms comments from Apple’s director developer technologies, Richard Kerris, who spoke with Macworld UK earlier this year.

Developers at WWDC received preview copies of Jaguar (Mac OS X 10.2) – the OS update will go on public release by late summer 2002.

The developer preview features include: iChat, Apple’s new AIM- compatible instant messaging software; MPEG-4 and audio-streaming solution QuickTime 6; Rendezvous, Apple’s proposed new industry standard for locating computers and devices over IP networks; Address Book, Apple’s new system-wide database for managing contacts; an enhanced Finder – now with spring-loaded folders and integrated instant searching; Sherlock 3, an all-new version with several new innovative ‘channels’; Quartz Extreme – Apple’s hardware-accelerated Quartz graphics and compositing engine; and advances to Unix tools and technology, and Windows compatibility.