Apple's Amelio: `Do A Few Things Incredibly Well'

Amid tech delays, Apple takes a few steps forward

When Apple CEO Gilbert F. Amelio takes the stage before 4,000 or more programmers at the convention center in San Jose, Calif., on May 13, it will be his debut before the people vital to his company's survival: the techies who create the software that can make or break Apple. But Amelio will be without a key prop when he gives his speech--Apple's long-awaited new Copland operating system for its Macintosh computers. Amelio won't even have a promised rough-cut version of the software to hand out, which is akin to hosting Thanksgiving with no turkey.

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