Apple’s director of Mac OS worldwide product marketing, Peter Lowe, told Macworld that despite all the hype surrounding this summer’s arrival of Mac OS X, the current OS 9 Macintosh operating system will "continue to receive Apple support throughout the year" and will benefit from updates and new features.

However, Lowe could not say whether any of the Mac OS 9 updates would have to be paid for, as Apple refuses to comment on future products. Apple insiders believe that a free OS 9.1 bug-fix update is expected to be announced in the next few months. The update is expected to fix video, FireWire, Open Transport and 3D acceleration issues. It will be free to Mac OS 9.0 owners, and will be available via the System Software Update facility in the current operating system.

For all the news from Macworld Expo 2000, San Francisco, go to Macworld’s round-up pages.