CNET: ‘If you’re tired of Microsoft’s promises, Mac OS X Tiger may be your best incentive to switch’

Apple has shipped the latest update to its flagship product, Mac Tiger OS, and has included several useful new features, such as Spotlight desktop search, Smart Folders (which add new items to saved searches), and Safari RSS–all features that Microsoft has promised its Windows users in Longhorn, yet so far hasn’t delivered. We think the new Mac Tiger OS is a solid release and is worthwhile for those who skipped Panther or have waited until Tiger’s release to purchase their new Apple hardware,” Daniel Drew Turner writes for CNET.

Turner writes, “Even casual Mac users will immediately see the difference between 10.4 Tiger and 2003’s 10.3 Panther because of flashy new native utilities, such as Dashboard. In addition to the visible new features, Tiger includes significant overhauls under the hood, debuting a 64-bit architecture to take advantage of more addressable memory space and several core technologies that range from accelerating onscreen graphics to offering new programming interfaces that, if developers take advantage of them, could significantly change how we use computers. If you’re tired of Microsoft’s many promises, or if you’ve been thinking of replacing your PC with a new Mac, Tiger may well be your best incentive to switch. But we’re holding back on our highest honor, our Editors’ Choice designation, until we complete our formal testing. Early indications suggest that Tiger’s a winner, but check back next week for the full story.”

Full review here.

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Associated Press: Mac OS X Tiger ‘provides another excellent incentive to switch from Windows’ – April 28, 2005
Mossberg: Apple’s Tiger ‘the best, most advanced personal computer operating system on the market’ – April 28, 2005
InformationWeek columnist: Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger ‘a compelling upgrade’ – April 28, 2005
NY Times: Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger is the most secure, stable and satisfying OS on earth – April 28, 2005
Wired News: Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger ‘full of welcome surprises’ – April 27, 2005
Windows czar Allchin says Apple copying Microsoft’s Windows Longhorn – April 27, 2005
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Thurrott: ‘Longhorn is in complete disarray and in danger of collapsing under its own weight’ – April 27, 2005
Thurrott: Longhorn ‘has the makings of a train wreck’ – April 26, 2005
Thurrott: Longhorn demos ‘unimpressive, fall short of graphical excellence found today in Mac OS X’ – April 26, 2005
Microsoft employees leaving due to (and blogging about) malaise smothering company – April 25, 2005


  1. I had a guy ask me about switching today at lunch. He’s been seeing all the news about Tiger and was lamenting all of the regular maintenance just to keep his machine running smoothly. It’ll be a domino effect people. It all starts with just one person…

  2. I never heard about that Neil, where did you get that info?

    Also, seeing how my pre-order of Tiger is on its way from PA (I’m in NY) I’d say they were unsuccessful. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  3. We’re seeing so many of these stories lately from all news outlets! I start reading MDN and see that there are 5 or 6 stories I haven’t read, but the headline looks so familiar. It’s refreshing to see so many positive stories about Apple’s newest release. It will be hard for anyone that reads any tech rags at all to miss these articles, and the USA Today and WSJ articles will hit the non-techies of the bunch.

  4. This is insane. Apple is getting sued over a CODE NAME!? They’re marketing it *officially* as “Mac OS 10.4”, not code name ‘Tiger’. Jumpin’ JEBUS, what’s next? I don’t think there’s a chance in hell that this will stop the launch, but geesh, talk about a petty, asinine law suit.

  5. “They’re marketing it *officially* as ‘Mac OS 10.4’,”

    I don’t know about that Dak, I don’t see ‘10.4’ anywhere on their homepage.

    Nonetheless, this case will end up going nowhere. People would probably picket Tiger Direct if they tried to stop Apple from shipping Tiger.

    Imagine the tons of people waiting patiently in line at Apple stores and resellers worldwide. Now imagine being the one to tell them they can’t get Tiger because of some web retailer. I wouldn’t want to be the one tell them that news.

  6. “talk about a petty, asinine law suit.”

    They must be taking their cues from SCO. Business in trouble? Look for deep pockets! I hope the court slaps TD with a fine for filing a frivolous lawsuit . What a waste of time and money.

  7. Remember the days when CNET only spun negative sounding headlines regareding Apple? It wasn’t that long ago. This is insane to see this kind of stuff written on CNET.

  8. This makes Tiger Direct look stupid. Apple announced Tiger when?? Last June?? The timing is too perfect…this has been planned for a long time and I wonder who really has their hands in this?? Hmmm…could it be Micro$in?

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