Wired News: Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger ‘full of welcome surprises’

“On Friday, Apple Computer will pull back the curtain on the latest major upgrade to Mac OS X. In keeping with its penchant for playing major product launches close to its vest, few outsiders have seen a working version of Tiger, as Mac OS X 10.4 is known. Even most employees have had to wait,” Daniel Terdiman writes for Wired News. “But I knew someone with a copy and managed to finagle an unofficial demo. So after playing with Tiger for the better part of an evening, I can say it’s full of welcome surprises.”

“With several significant and innovative new features among the 200 additions Apple is touting, I think it’s a success. I’m relatively new to Macs — I switched only last fall after a lifetime on Windows machines — and I’m not an OS X power user. But I can already see how this upgrade is a definite step up from the previous version of OS X, known as Panther,” Terdiman writes. “…for me, Tiger is about Spotlight, the improved Mail and the great widgets I know the Mac community will come up with. Ultimately, I think Tiger is well worth its $129 sticker price…”

Full article here.

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28 Comments

  1. Say.. can I ask a stupid question?

    For those of us without $100 to drop on yet another OS upgrade, will the new versions of the standard apps be available for 10.3? (QT7, Mail 2, etc.)

  2. Hmm… that’s too bad. I was hoping that Mail would be better overall (html handling, Exchange integration, etc.), not just the Spotlight features. If that’s all there is, though, I suppose it doesn’t matter.

    Also, is there any truth to the rumor that iLife 05 isn’t coming free w/ the new Tiger systems?

  3. via Omni Dictionary rom Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:9

    “traction”:
    adduction, adhesion, advantage, affinity, allurement, attractance,
    attraction, attractiveness, attractivity, capillarity,
    capillary attraction, centripetal force, draft, drag, draw,
    drawing, drayage, extraction, foothold, footing, friction,
    gravitation, gravity, grip, haulage, hauling, heaving, hold,
    magnetism, mutual attraction, pull, pulling, pulling power,
    purchase, sympathy, toehold, towage, towing, tractive power, tug,
    tug-of-war, tugging

    “momentum”
    clout, compulsion, drive, driving force, energy, force, impellent,
    impelling force, impetus, impulse, impulsion, incentive,
    incitement, inertia, irresistible force, moment, motive power,
    power, propulsion, push, strength, thrust

  4. Amazon says my Tiger Family pack will ship on April 29 and should be here by the 5th, so it doesn’t look like I’ll be getting one the minute it’s available either.

    Totally bummed.

  5. iLife does not come with Tiger.

    I am hoping that Mail 2 has much improved rendering. I thought it used WebCore… It will not have better Exchange integration though. Maybe iCal will, at least I hope. I work where NOBODY has a Mac except me and getting set up with exchange is a pain and iCal still can’t get events. Mail won’t acknowledge meeting invitations. It’s a pain and I don’t like Entourage because it has an equal number of shortcomings.

    Can’t MS make compatible software or open formats? No, huh? It’s good to be the King.

  6. “Also, is there any truth to the rumor that iLife 05 isn’t coming free w/ the new Tiger systems?”

    iLife has never come bundled with the new OS. Never. It is a separate suite of apps that cost 79$ and are worth every cent.

    Want iLife 05 buy it or you’ll get it on a new Mac. Whoever started that rumor didn’t know what they were talking about in the first place.

  7. “Hmm.. That is very disappointing that you need a G5 or dual G4 to initiate a 3 way video chat in Tiger. Damn”

    Yeah I’m pretty bummed too that I can’t do video editing on my Mac Classic. I’m pretty disappointed. Apple should be sued for not being able to violate the laws of physics.

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