April 12, 2005 7:19 AM PDT

Apple pins April 29 date on Tiger's tail

The Tiger is almost out of the bag.

Apple Computer said Tuesday that the updated desktop and server versions of its operating system, dubbed Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, will be available April 29. Until now, Apple had said only that the upgrade would be ready in the first half of this year.


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Eager Mac customers can get their hands on Tiger at 6 p.m. April 29 at Apple retail stores, where the company will host events for the release.

Additionally, customers can now preorder Tiger from Apple stores.

The desktop edition will cost $129 for a single-user license. A $199 license for a single residence, called the Mac OS X Tiger Family pack, will cover five users. Apple is also selling a software bundle on its online store that combines Tiger, iLife and iWork for $249, a savings of roughly $50.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs touted the security and search features of the desktop operating system.

"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," Jobs said in a statement.

In addition to Spotlight, which adds a unified search engine to the OS, and Dashboard, which offers one-click access to a host of small applications, Apple is adding a new version of its Safari browser with a built-in newsreader for RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, feeds.

Tiger is the latest in a string of new operating systems from Apple. It's the fourth major update to Mac OS X since the first iteration of the Unix-based OS debuted in 2001. By contrast, chief rival Microsoft has shipped only one major desktop release--Windows XP--in that time, though it has also added specialized versions for media centers and tablet computers, as well as the Security Pack 2 security enhancements.

A top Apple executive did say last year that the pace of future upgrades would slow somewhat. The Mac maker has not talked about its plans for releases beyond Tiger.

Apple also detailed the planned features for the Unix-based server edition of Tiger, including support for 64-bit processors and the iChat Server for instant messaging.

The server edition, which will bundle about 200 open-source software components, will include a Web log program as well as grid software for high-end computing, Apple said.

The server edition will cost $499 for a 10-client license and $999 for an unlimited-client edition. As with the desktop edition, customers can now preorder the server product.

Desktop systems will require a minimum of 256MB of memory with a G5, G4 or G3 processor and built-in FireWire. The server edition will require at least 4GB of hard drive space.

Microsoft is expected to release a beta version of the Longhorn edition of Windows in June. Microsoft originally had planned to include new search features in Longhorn based on a new file system, called WinFS. But it has pushed back delivery of WinFS to 2007, at the earliest.

Longhorn is expected to include other new search features, however. An updated preview version of the operating system is expected later this month.

A final desktop version of Longhorn, which will also sport a new user interface and a Web-services-based communications system, is slated for completion next year.

Piper Jaffray research analyst Gene Munster said Tiger's release could help Apple's finances in the current third quarter. He noted that there will be two full months of Tiger shipments in the June quarter and that Apple got $50 million from two months of sales in its initial quarter of Mac OS X 10.3 Panther shipments.

"Based on Tiger shipment timing, we believe our June quarter software segment estimate is too low, and we will likely need to add around 2 percent to our overall Apple revenue estimate for June," Munster said in a research note on Tuesday. The Mac maker plans to report its March quarter earnings and issue its forecast for the June quarter after the close of trading on Wednesday.

News.com's Ina Fried contributed to this report.

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Woot!
So, A grand day for us all. Thank God, I was getting tired of waiting. Wonder fi I should pre-order this thing? Maybe it will arrive early? = D
Posted by (461 comments )
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I would wait a while..
.. before installing it, especially if you use external FW devices as
this is an early version (!!) and could need a few bug fixes before
it's classed as "stable." You wouldn't want to lose any valuable
data now would you? :-)
Posted by (5 comments )
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aaaaah!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I can't wait to install 10.4! now if i had a g5 it would be great but
my powerbook g4 will be happy just the same. can't wait to try
spotlight and quicktime, they are just going to make my
computing experience even better than panther (which is
amazing) and the other features are just going to blow people
away, especially automator and dashboard (i hope software
companies will develop widgets for it). Another surprise and
delight from Apple!
Posted by Filip Remplakowski (91 comments )
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Cough..
Dashboard already exists in Konfabulator, and why can't you
wait to use Quicktime? It's been around for years!
I'll accept that automator and spotlight will be revolutionary to
some users and good additions for others..
Posted by (5 comments )
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Automator
I have a feeling that Automator may end up being the hidden
gem in the system. It's incredibly powerful and very, very useful.
There are many times I've had repetitive tasks I've wished I could
automate and not have to worry about, but learning AppleScript
has always been too much trouble. With this, I'll be able to
perform a series of tasks quickly, and even better, if I make a
new task that someone else then needs, I can just send it to
them. This will be great for my mom, who often can't figure out
how to do certain things with her computer. I can make an
Automator action for her, e-mail it to her, and she just runs it.
Wonderful.
Posted by iKenny (98 comments )
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License
I love the "Family Pack" idea. It is just what I am hoping that Microsoft will do. It is not reasonable to expect someone to pay full price for multiple upgrades. Good work Apple.
Posted by Andrew J Glina (1673 comments )
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How Ironic Molly Wood...
How ironic Molly, that all CNET Editors review all Macintosh items with a yawn, when in fact they are all 100% pro PC Platform to begin with.
Do you even own a Mac, or have you used one 10-15 years ago and call yourself a "Mac Expert"?

$129 for the OSX 10.4 Tiger upgrade is too much money? Just wait and see how many people pre-order a copy, or visit your local Apple Store at 6PM on Friday 4/29/05 and judge for yourself.
How much was Windows XP Pro when it was first released? Anyone remember the FULL version price, not the upgrade price?

Remember April 29th 2005, because QuickTime7 with H.264 will be available first on the Mac Platform, and yes, all of you PC people will
end up using QuickTime7 or H.264 in one way or another. H.264 will be available in future cellphones as the video compression of choice.

Also remember that Apple is one of the first companies to support Blu-Ray, and they will be the first major vendor to release a Blu-Ray SuperDrive in 2005 --- way ahead of any major PC Maker I know.

Apple's Spotlight technology will blow the socks off Microsoft's advanced search tool...
Note to self - When is Microsoft Longhorn going to be released??? 2006? 2007? When was Windows XP released? 2001? Oh yeah, they released Service Pack 2 in 2004, like that makes all the difference...
At last count, how many viruses are on the pc platform compared to the Macintosh platform?
Try over 90,000 pc viruses to less than 800 Mac viruses.

Also how Ironic that Molly owns an iPod - Do you even remember that Apple invented the iPod?
And wasn't Apple the first major player in the 99cent song downloads through iTunes?
How many songs have been downloaded to date? Over 250Million.

You can say what you want about Apple, but funny how in the long run, Apple is truly THE one and only innovational company out there.
They lead the pack, and others cut, copy, and plagiarize.
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molly the apple hater
she hates apple, hates steve jobs...apologizes for microsoft's
bullying and foibles...

why do they have to mention longhorn in an apple article?
because they know that OSX is about to run another lap around
a long anticipitate but stunted update to windows....
Posted by dolfox (29 comments )
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OS X Tiger = DA BOMB!
Let people hate if they want to hate. Just remember that we are
the smart ones that go with OS X!
Posted by lilrazztx (25 comments )
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Molly certainly isn't the brightest bulb...
... in CNET's chandelier, but where does she intrude into this
story?
Posted by Earl Benser (4310 comments )
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Fire Molly Wood
Molly Wood is at the top of my list of reasons for taking c|net
out of my bookmarks. Fire Molly Wood!
Posted by montgomeryburns (109 comments )
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Not again...
Please don't turn this into a Windows vs. OSX war. I want to hear more of you all thoughts about Tiger instead of Longhorn. Thanks :-).
Posted by tahbasco (30 comments )
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It's a tough job....
A reaction to Tiger is inherently a comparison with Windows
Whatever, even if Windows Whatever isn't mentioned. The most
telling fact is that Apple was smart enough to recognize that a
time comes to abandon the legacy processors, and finally the
legacy OS's. And the obvious comparison with Windows
Whatever shows that Windows still supports the original 8088
processor in temrs of opcodes (maybe not in RAM capacity).
Windows has yet to develop a truly new OS, just like Intel has yet
to develop a truly new processor, Intel and MS are locked
together in obsolescence.

But, there ar more than enough people and reasons to fault MS
and Intel for all the software and hardware problems. This
thread should focus on Tiger and what Tiger can do.

That leaves us with a problem, Tiger won't be delivered until
April 29th. Until then, no one in the public sector can play with
it, and the development sector probably can't talk about it yet.
That leaves this one tough thread to follow.
Posted by Earl Benser (4310 comments )
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Sh!tty reviews by CNET
Here, we're having news about Tiger about to be released, and in
her reviews, she points out some facts about Tiger, then she
starts to move onto Windows. ***? What the hell does Windows
have to do with Tiger? Just talk about what can be expected from
Tiger and the date!

This should be a review of one product, don't stick other crap
into it. Leave that for another article if you want to compare
them!
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