Mac OS X 10.3 Panther. Why Is it still $129?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by benixau, Jun 24, 2003.

  1. benixau macrumors 65816


    Oct 9, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    I emailed steve jobs at apple about this issue. I did indeed get a response. Judge for yourself. his response is at the end.

    His response:


    Panther is loaded with new features, and is not a "point" release. Its a full release and worth every penny of the $129 we will charge for it, just like Jaguar was worth the same.


    He seemed to me like he was slightly insulted by my email .... what do you think
  2. RandomDeadHead macrumors 6502

    Feb 8, 2003
    I highly doubt that was actualy steve. but more to the point. I also think that $129 is a bit steep for panther, and I understand your logic. If I were a developer, I would be a little upset that I did not recieve a discount. I too have been using Apples before their even was a Mac.

    But on the otherhand I understand Apple's logic. They have probably spend a great amount of time and money refining the little things about OSX. Things too small to talk about. Jaguar had a few big inprovements to justify the price, but Panther on the outside is kind of shall we say, lack luster. Under the hood I am willing to bet that their are some great improvements, the little things that Apple is known for, and us zealots sometimes take for granted. For me, Expose' is worth about $50 bucks, and will be the reason that I upgrade. The new fax feature to me is worth about $20 bucks. I use the mail app, and any improvements will be greatly appreciated.
    Font book is the feature that pushes it over the edge for me.

    Apple must make money anyway they can, they after all are a buesness. Your $129 will not be wasted, it will help pay for all the inovation that Apple brings to the computer industry.
  3. MacBandit macrumors 604


    Aug 9, 2002
    Springfield, OR (Home of the Simpsons)
    Don't forget the demonstration of 10.3 was a very early prerelease if the fact stand that they aren't going to release it until December. In that case there may be a lot of other additions that Apple didn't demonstrate yet because they weren't ready for the spotlight. I expect to see more good things come of panther on top of a lot of good things under the hood giving us better performance and better stability.
  4. QCassidy352 macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    Yes, the reply did seem a bit put off. If it was really Jobs, than it's safe to say that he just didn't have time to write more. But I doubt that.

    I agree that $130 is too much for Panther. It looks nice, but frankly, I'm not blown away. I doubt I will buy it unless I end up getting a new mac that comes with it. I like to have the latest system, but Panther just doesn't look like $130 worth of improvements to me. Nor did I buy Jaguar separately; my copy came with my new ibook.

    Whoever wrote that e mail is wrong -- Panther is not a "full release." It has substantially more improvements than, say, 10.2.1 ==> 10.2.2, but it's hardly revolutionary or radically different from Jaguar.

    I tend to think like you, benixau. Apple makes most of its money off of hardware, and a moderately discounted version of panther would be a nice gesture towards loyal users who have purchased a mac recently. Do I think we are owed it? Definitely not. But I think that such a discount would both go a long way towards making people feel like Apple isn't out to screw them at every turn, and would also induce many non-pro users to buy the upgrade.
  5. maraczc macrumors member

    May 20, 2003
    Toronto, ON
    It was labelled Steve, not Steve Jobs. It doesn't really matter anyway. From what I see Panther is just a final release of OS X with the problems sorted out and all the applications finished.
  6. pEZ macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2003
    Madison, Wisconsin
    I wouldn't worry about it. I, among others, don't think that Panther is as good as gold master right now. There are a ton of cool features right now - iChat AV (notice it will cost money for jag owners, but free for panther owners), Exposé, Font book, file vault, etc. Though those features will be worth what I will get Panther for (being a college student who gets discounts), I bet there will be more features to drool over in the near future.
  7. iJon macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    are you sure december, sounds a long way away. they said before end of the year. i suspect september, but maybe not.

  8. benixau thread starter macrumors 65816


    Oct 9, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    What other features do you people realistically expect. Why wouldn't apple show all it could at WWDC. Save it for MWNY.

    BTW - the G5 Store specs (online) state that the G5 is using a special version of MacOS built for it.
  9. gbojim macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2002
    Let me try to explain a couple of things.

    First of all - Apple is spilling everything developers need to know about Panther at WWDC. There are about 300 hours worth of sessions throughout the week - pretty hard to fit into one keynote. So don't assume they are holding anything back.

    Second - whoever answered your email probably was insulted. I get comments like yours at my company as well. The reason it's insulting is folks like yourself, having no clue what went into development, or our thought process to arrive at the release designation, start declaring we haven't made enough changes to warrant the release we've chosen.

    I'm not trying to flame you, but it's obvious that you have not been at WWDC for the last 2 days. The "under the hood changes" from 10.2 to 10.3 are huge compared to the changes from 10.1 to 10.2. Many of the things Apple has done with Panther may look like polishing on the outside, but on the inside there are a lot of complete technology changes that were not available or possible a year ago.

    Third - there are going to be a lot more user oriented features revealed outside of what was seen at the keynote. Some of those have been revealed at WWDC, I expect more will be revealed before the end of the week, and others will be kept secret for now. The point is, no one at this time can declare Panther to be too expensive because no one knows exactly what it is yet.

    Finally - when Panther is fully revealed and the full feature set is known, everyone will have to make a decision. Are the features included worth $130 to ME? For some it will be, for others not. If you don't find the features worth the cost, don't spend your money.

    Sorry about the rant but as the person responsible for software development at my company, this thread hit one of my hot buttons. I completely understand the response in the email.
  10. mnkeybsness macrumors 68030


    Jun 25, 2001
    Moneyapolis, Minnesota
    remember when everyone was originally saying that jaguar was not worth the $129...then when it was actually released, the apple stores couldn't keep it on the shelves? i got a feeling the same thing will be happening here...

    ...once you use it for a while, you'll never know how you used a mac without it.
  11. MacBandit macrumors 604


    Aug 9, 2002
    Springfield, OR (Home of the Simpsons)
    I'm just repeating what I heard on TechTV (notoriously wrong) and what I read on a number of Mac news sites (note: not rumor sites). I hope it comes out sooner but maybe someone at Apple spilled the beans on the actual e.t.a. month.

    I heard that he actually reads all his own email. Most likely the email returned though was sent by his secertary who probably took it near verbatim from steve over iChat AV. In any case I actually believe Steve. I think that 10.3 is as much or more of a full version release then say OS8. It is a complete rework of the complete system and also the entire finder for that matter. Yes, the big stuff did happen under the surface but remember the 10.2 advertising that said 100 some features. Well it had that many at least well 10.3 has the same advertising and from what I understand that number will grow before it's released.
  12. iJon macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    ah ok, i didnt know if you were going under "end of the year" assumption or not. well i heard this dev release is very stable, i wonder what they extra time will do.

  13. davrouk Guest

    Surely there should be a cheaper "upgrade" option - I have only just got 10.2 and have to shell out again now for 10.3 ? Where was the advantage of getting 10.2 - people in this situation may as well have stayed with 9
  14. jxyama macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2003
    reduced upgrade price won't directly lead to more switchers. it will only entice future switchers who are actually worried about upgrading to the next os to switch.

    so what you wrote in the original email at the end is a little off the point. and a little "careless" comment like that will give the impression to the reader at apple (jobs or not) that it's another email "whining" about the price.

    i do not want to get into comparisons to wintels, but generally speaking, taking into account how well mac os works on even old computers (meaning updated os does not require a new hardware... though with xp, this is probably changing, dunno about longhorn), consider the competition:

    xp home: full $200, upgrade $100
    xp pro: full $300, upgrade $200

    (price taken from compusa online. yes, not the best software vendor...)

    so while it would be wonderful to receive the upgrade to panther for less, i don't think apple is completely out of line and i can understand their "response." i am sure apple receives tons of emails asking about their prices.
  15. benixau thread starter macrumors 65816


    Oct 9, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    @ gbojim:
    Thankyou. i did not know half of the stuff you hinted to and mentioned. As my email said i am a cocoa developer.

    @ The rest of you:
    Thankyou. it has helped me just that bit more.

    I never said i was not going to buy panther. I want it - NOW - like 20% of mac users out there. I was just asking for a little conideration this time round. Alas - not to happen - i will still get it because i want and need some of its features - namely FileVault.
  16. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    I too do not understand why Panther will still be $129. 10.0 was $129. 10.1 was $129 (although you could get an upgrade CD for more or less free). 10.2 was $129. So where is inflation. 10.3 should be $139 or so to account for this! So we are getting a real good deal here. If this keeps up Mac OS will end up costing less that a beer (in real terms).
  17. janey macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    i think that was steve, that's the way he always ends his e-mails.
    besides it sounds just like steve and it's like exactly what he would say...:rolleyes:
  18. iJon macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    personally i feel that after playing with ichat av, its worth every penny. i love this new ichat.

  19. Schiffi macrumors 6502a


    May 22, 2003
    Oh yeah, I completely forgot about educational discounts! Mwuhahaha! Praise the 30,000 odd some dollars I'm borrowing for college!

    I forgot about the Finder updates. And the Fax. Those will be worth a lot for me. I don't know about Exposé... but I might like it after getting Panther. I like the simplness of I'm just glad they didn't name it iMail. But in my eyes Panther will definetly be worth an educational discount price. ;)
  20. evildead macrumors 65816


    Jun 18, 2001
    WestCost, USA

    If pather is a true 64-bit OS..... then it is a significant upgrade and worth the cash....

    Solaris for x86 is free from Sun.. but you have to pay for Solaris for UlitraSpark. There probably will be an upgrade price... wasnt there one for 10.2? from 10.1?

    I got my full copy of 10.2 for $60 after EDU discount
  21. Moxiemike macrumors 68020


    Jan 1, 2002
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Like steve-o's secretary couldn't type "best, steve"

    That So doesn't mean its legitimately steve. and what does it matter anyway?

    :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
  22. QuiteSure macrumors 6502


    Jun 20, 2002
    For me, the iDisk syncing alone is worth the $129 price and the full price renewal of .mac

    I am constantly moving back and forth between my office, home and iBook. I use a USB pendrive to bring documents between computers and frequently run into problems trying to remember which of the 2 or 3 versions are most current (between my office server, my office desktop, my home desktop and my iBook).

    With Panther's new iDisk, all of this is gone. Any files which I need remotely I will simply copy to my iDisk and use wherever I am.

    In fact, I'm considering increasing my hard drive space for iDisk and putting all of my server shared data there. By so doing I will accomplish many things: remote backup and remote syncing.

    Worth $129 for that? Absolutely!
  23. gandalf55 macrumors 6502

    Apr 13, 2001
    im using Panther - and I do think its worth the $129... very much so!
  24. jayscheuerle macrumors 68020



    You got a basic form reply, as will everyone that complains about the price.

    Besides, Steve said that the over 100 new features were either "amazing", "incredible", "awesome", "exciting", etc...

    So you know it's true!

  25. MacBandit macrumors 604


    Aug 9, 2002
    Springfield, OR (Home of the Simpsons)
    iDisk does not come with Panther. iDisk is $99/year and is an addition to the $129 you pay for a full version upgrade without and edu discount.

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