Apple resellers in the UK are preparing to mount special events to mark the launch of Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, which Apple announced will ship on Friday, October 24 at 8pm (BST).

In Central London, The Square Group plans to open its New Oxford Street showroom after 7pm on October 24. Mac OS X 10.3 will be available for sale, and Apple staff will also be there, the reseller told Macworld.

Computer Warehouse is offering a late-night chance for Mac users to obtain a copy of Panther. The reseller will open the doors of its Brentford store at 7pm on October 24. The company is setting up special offers to those who pre-register their attendance online.

KRCS, meanwhile, is hosting Panther launch events at its Apple Centres in Nottingham, Leeds and Birmingham city centres on Saturday, October 25. More information will be made available online.

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