Apple to Ship Mac OS X 'Tiger' on April 29


macrumors Penryn
Original poster
Jul 11, 2003
PR Newswire 8:30 am April 12, 2005

Apple(R) today announced that Mac OS(R) X version 10.4 "Tiger" will go on sale Friday, April 29, beginning at 6:00 p.m. during special events at Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. Tiger has more than 200 new features and innovations including Spotlight(TM), a revolutionary desktop search technology that lets users instantly find anything stored on their Mac(R), including documents, emails, contacts and images; and Dashboard, a new way to instantly access important information like weather forecasts and stock quotes, using a dazzling new class of applications called widgets.

"Mac OS X Tiger is the most innovative and secure desktop operating system ever created," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "Tiger's groundbreaking new features like Spotlight and Dashboard will change the way people use their computers, and drive our competitors nuts trying to copy them."

Spotlight is Apple's new lightning fast way for users to find virtually anything stored on their Mac. Much like users can instantly find songs in iTunes(R) by name, artist or album, Spotlight searches the contents inside documents and information about those documents, or metadata, to find just about anything -- emails, contacts, appointments, images, PDFs, and almost any type of document, including Microsoft Office documents -- then automatically organizes and instantly displays the results. Because Spotlight technology is built right into the core of the operating system, it automatically updates results instantly whenever files change and enables developers to incorporate Spotlight technology into their applications. Apple has incorporated Spotlight search technology into several Tiger applications including Mail, Address Book, Finder and System Preferences, and several third party developers are expected to introduce applications with Spotlight search technology in the coming months.

Dashboard is a new world of beautiful accessory applications called widgets that appear instantly to give users immediate access to information like stock quotes, weather forecasts, airline flight tracking, unit of measure, currency conversions and a phone book. With a single click a user's favorite Dashboard widgets instantly appear with up to the second information; with another click they're instantly gone and the user is right back to where they left off. Tiger ships with 14 widgets, and because Dashboard is based on standard web technologies such as HTML and JavaScript, it's easy for third party developers to create new widgets that users can easily add to their Dashboards.

iChat in Tiger supports the stunning new H.264 video codec for dramatically better picture quality over the same Internet bandwidth. Users can now create audio conferences with up to 10 people and video conferences with up to four people in a 3D virtual conference room, just as if they were all seated together at a table*. In addition, contacts on a Buddy List can now see which iTunes song a user is playing and view it in the iTunes Music Store with just one click.

The new Automator workflow application lets users easily automate repetitive tasks without complex programming. Users simply select from a library of more than a hundred customizable actions and drag and drop them to create an automated workflow, specifically tailored to suit their requirements. Once created, workflows can be saved and even shared with friends and colleagues.

A full featured RSS reader is built into Safari(TM) to provide instant access to the most current information from leading news organizations, community web sites and even personal weblogs (blogs) directly from the browser. Multiple RSS feeds can be merged into one easy-to-read interface to create a user's own personal news clipping service.

Other new features in Tiger include: -- QuickTime(R) 7, the latest version of Apple's standards-based media player, with H.264 support, live video resizing, zero-configuration streaming and extensive surround sound; -- Mail 2, a dramatically enhanced new version of the Mac OS X built-in Mail application with a new user interface, Spotlight searching, .Mac syncing and full screen slideshow; -- iCal(R) 2, with support for birthday calendars, calendar groups, improved printing and Spotlight and Automator functions; -- Font Book 2, the updated font management utility included in Mac OS X that now supports libraries for installing fonts anywhere on the system or network; and -- a completely new .Mac sync preference using Xsync, a new sync engine built into Mac OS X that enables .Mac subscribers to automatically synchronize their Safari bookmarks, iCal appointments, Address Book contacts, Keychain passwords and Mail settings across multiple computers. New core technologies and tools in Tiger make it easy for developers to create the next generation of innovative applications, including:

-- native 64-bit application support to take advantage of the increased performance unleashed when accessing massive amounts of memory, while still running side-by-side with existing 32-bit applications; -- Core Image and Core Video to provide the foundation for new image and video processing applications; -- Xgrid(TM), Apple's easy-to-use distributed computing software; -- improved Windows compatibility to make it even easier for Mac OS X users to access a Windows-based home directory and authenticate against Microsoft's Active Directory; -- major advances to the open standards UNIX-based foundation including an updated state-of-the-art kernel with improved SMP scalability, 64-bit virtual memory, Access Control Lists, GCC 4.0 and modernized network services; and -- Xcode(TM) 2, the latest version of Apple's powerful suite of developer tools, designed to make it even easier and faster to build innovative Mac OS X applications. Pricing & Availability Mac OS X version 10.4 "Tiger" will be available on April 29 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Apple's retail stores and through Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $129 (US) for a single user license. Visitors to the Apple Store(R) ( can pre-order copies of Tiger beginning today. The Mac OS X Tiger Family Pack is a single-residence, five-user license that will be available for a suggested retail price of $199 (US). Volume and maintenance pricing is available from Apple. The standard Mac OS Up-To-Date upgrade package is available to all customers who purchase a qualifying new Mac system from Apple or an Apple Authorized Reseller on or after April 12 for a shipping and handling fee of $9.95 (US). Tiger requires a minimum of 256MB of memory and is designed to run on any Macintosh computer with a PowerPC G5, G4, or G3 processor and built-in FireWire(R).

* Initiating a multiway video conference requires a PowerPC G5 processor or dual 1GHz G4 processors and 384 Kbps or faster broadband Internet access. Participating in a multiway video conference requires a 1Ghz G4 or dual 800 MHz G4 processors or faster and 100 Kbps broadband Internet access.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning desktop and notebook computers, OS X operating system, and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital music revolution with its iPod portable music players and iTunes online music store.

NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo, Mac, Mac OS, Macintosh, Spotlight, iTunes, Safari, iCal, QuickTime, Xcode, Xgrid, Apple Store and FireWire are trademarks of Apple. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

SOURCE Apple Computer, Inc.


macrumors 6502a
Nov 3, 2004
Near London
preordered :)
Lots of new versions of apps, awesome, new even easier installation etc etc
This will be awesome, i can't wait


macrumors 6502a
Jul 7, 2004
April 29th? That's my birthday. How did Apple know that is what I wanted :D

The education discount makes it even better: only $69.00


macrumors 604
Jan 20, 2005
This is cool news. Now Apple's gonna outline the next upgrade of the OS. OSX 10.5 Cougar(?). What else would we expect at WWDC? We can't wait next year to hear developments of the next OS, can we?


macrumors 601
Lacero said:
This is cool news. Now Apple's gonna outline the next upgrade of the OS. OSX 10.5 Cougar(?). What else would we expect at WWDC? We can't wait next year to hear developments of the next OS, can we?
Actually WWDC is going to be more in depth feature examination of Tiger, with little of the Conferennce looking forward. WWDC i's only a few months away and the next release of Mac OS X is likely not to be until 2007 at the earliest.


macrumors 603
Jul 3, 2004
Mac since 7.5
The computers on the Apple Store list 10.3 Panther as the shipping OS. At what point will that change, on the 29th? We are about to order 4 Macs here at work, and I'm wondering if we will get coupons for Tiger upgrades now that it has been officiaally announced with a release date.


macrumors newbie
Jul 24, 2002
Perth, Western Australia
On or after April 12!

Any one notice on the Tiger page under the upgrade tab the bit about " You can upgrade if you by a product on or after April 12 and there is no Tiger disc".

Wonder if this hints to any hardware products coming?


macrumors 65816
Apr 7, 2005
Alpine, UT
Oh the Humanity!

It was compulsive...I didn't even think about it, or check for monies...I just....BOUGHT IT. MUST....BUY....TIGER....I'm a geek. But I love it!!


macrumors 6502a
Feb 16, 2005
Lyon, France
I wonder why Macrumors doesn't have this news on their main news section?! This is incredible news! Great educational discount too - thank god I don't graduate until May.

PS: Nice icon, Stoid. I got a Darth Tater for my birthday. Sitting right next to me.


macrumors 68000
Aug 19, 2003
Denver, CO
woohoo!!! time to throw down more money to apple!!! argh how do they do this to me!!! it better be an exciting event at the apple store.

so, what is with all the black? does this mean we will have options for different themes, such as black, instead of silver? or are we forever stuck with the colors that apple lets us have? (yes, i know there are third party applications that can change the theme, but they are never as good or reliable as a built in option!)

Sky Blue

Jan 8, 2005
anybody see this on the dashboard page...

"Get .mac members-only access to selected Dashboard widgets."



macrumors 601
Apr 2, 2004
Is this a little dig do you think? Under the 'family features' you can set up some security for your kids etc. Check out the email address....made me smile.



macrumors newbie
Jul 14, 2004
hmm tough choices, Ipod Shuffle or Tiger? But I don't know if it would run great on 256mb of RAM