RUMOR: Apple preps Mac OS X 10.3.9 for imminent release

“Sources tell AppleInsider that the release of Mac OS X 10.3.9, a maintenance update to Apple’s Mac OS X 10.3 Panther operating system, is now imminent. According to reports, Apple has recently provided its developers with back-to-back builds of the system update — a tell-tale sign that development is winding down,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider.

“These recent builds were labeled Mac OS X 10.3.9 build 7W86 and 7W87, respectively, and weigh-in at approximately 113MB in Combo Updater-form,” Marsal reports.

Full article, with more information about what could be the last version of Mac OS X ‘Panther,’ here.


  1. Doesn’t this show that Apple actually have the users interests at heart. They could just as easily done an M$ and said “10.3.8 is good enough” and left it alone. Instead they continue to improve it right up to the end. Could it be that there will be machine configurations that will not run Tiger, just as the Beige G3 & B/W will only run up to, and including, Jaguar? and that Apple is taking care of them too.
    Just a thought

  2. Compatibility with Tiger. If they are using two different types (Tiger using the newer) of the same software, you are going to run into problems. This is so that Panther and Tiger work together, and don’t cause problems.

  3. The 10.3.9 update could be only for those not upgrading to 10.4 as Tiger is going to bring some big changes to the core of the OS. Quicktime, the media engine of OS X, goes to v7 with Tiger among other things. Even if Tiger runs on late model G3 chips, I would bet that 10.4 will be the last major OS that is ‘officially’ G3 supported.

  4. It sets up your computer so that you have to pay the $139 to upgrade to Tiger and renders Panther useless for anything that comes out past Tigers release….


  5. ButtPirate,

    I like my 500MHz G3 slot loading iMac. Works just fine. Runs OS X 10.3.8 like a champ, thank you. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  6. “I like my 500MHz G3 slot loading iMac. Works just fine. Runs OS X 10.3.8 like a champ, thank you.” – Jadis One

    Yeah, I’m sure it runs, ROFLMAO, Like a Champ…LOL

    So how does it run when you have PS, GoLive, Safari, Mail, Quark, Ill, and fetch running. At the same time?

    Thats a good one Jadis, you just made my day.

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