Mac OS X Panther & Tiger

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by sshambles, Oct 21, 2005.

  1. sshambles macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2005
    New mac user getting a 12'' PB monday.
    I'm getting model before latest one, but for the price of the latest ones. This was fine, except i thought about it, and the system software is different.

    Is there any differences between
    Mac OS X v10.3 Panther and
    Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger?
    If so what are they?
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Are there differences? Yes. Mainly in features and some stability. I'm still running Panther here at home and on all the work machines so it's not super-critical to have it.

    10.4 Tiger

    10.3 Panther
  3. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

    May 2, 2005
    Most of the changes are "under the hood."

    10.4 most notably has Spotlight and Dashboard.

    IIRC, in 10.3, Exposé was introduced, so you'll have it with whichever you decide to get.

    I find Spotlight to be infinitely useful (I can just dump all my school work into one folder and search for it if I need it again. Very nice. I love it!)

    If I were you, I'd just get the latest one... you'd get the price decrease, Superdrive, AND Tiger, instead of Panther.
  4. sshambles thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2005
    yeah getting it for the same price of the new one, so saving couple of hundred, as well as 200 off for student discount. around 400 or something total.

    so it is probably best to wait and get the new one then yes? is there anything wrong with panther, or is it just best to have tiger cause it will last longer as its latest?

    with spotlight thing, i'll more than likely have things sorted into labelled folders etc.
    would that be the same as the search function in xp, search for files in c: for example?
  5. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    No. Let me clarify...

    We have 6 production machines running OS 10.3.4 at the office. These all play extremely nicely with all of our apps... I get my day's work done with no problems at all.

    If you really want Tiger, then you can pay for it separately later or if you can be bothered waiting, then OS 10.5 is about 18 months away at most.

    Tiger should not be a deal-maker unlike the hardware configuration of your Mac.
  6. sshambles thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2005
    Okay cheers. I'll just go with 10.3 panther
    As i'll get it on monday, won't have to wait two weeks for new shipment to come in (to Australia) and system software is about the same.
    Sounds good to me. Thanks heaps for that. I'm sure i'll pick up some knowledge after having a mac for a few months.
  7. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    I'm running Panther 10.3.9. It is very stable on my Mac.

    You might find this helpful.
  8. Bad_JuJu macrumors member

    Apr 17, 2005
    North of Kalifornia
    I've been running both Tiger and Panther while there are feature differences - they are 99.9% identical in look and feel.

    Bottom line is if you desire a more stable and flaw less experience stick with Panther ----- Tiger is still working the bugs out of itself and its execution of standard applications

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