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Apple integrates online store into Mac OS X Tiger application

Running out of ink? The Apple online store carries several varieties, as users of the company\'s next-generation operating system may soon find out.

If recent builds of Apple\'s Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger operating system are any indication, it appears that Apple Computer may start integrating its online store into Mac OS X applications.

According to sources, a refreshed version of the company\'s Printer Setup Utility (4.0) is being distributed with the latest builds of Tiger. In addition to sporting a streamlined aqua interface, the application presents the user with a handy function to quickly purchase printer supplies.

The option, which is available only after a user has selected a printer, will launch the Safari web browser and search the company\'s online store for ink cartridges that are compatible with the selected printer.

It\'s unclear whether the final version of Tiger will ship with this Apple Store implementation. Last year, the company was reportedly experimenting with third party support for its Software Update mechanism, but eventually decided not to include the feature in current versions of Mac OS X.