10.4.9 – the longest wait for any Mac OS X update – 165 days

“When Apple released the highly anticipated Mac OS X 10.4.9 update on March 13, 2007, it marked the longest time between any Mac OS X version. It took Apple 165 days to release the update, or in other words, five months and thirteen days,” Switch To A Mac reports. “Does 10.4.9 mark the last and final update to Tiger?”

Full article, including a chart detailing all Mac OS X version release dates and number of days between versions, here.

Related article:
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.4.9 – March 13, 2007


  1. I don’t think a release that only adds stability and fixes (no significant new features) would be called “highly anticipated.” Now, if this was Vista, I suppose a bug fix and stability release (aka “service pack”) would be highly anticipated indeed.

    Mac OS X has steadily evolved since its initial release. It seems natural that after four point (cat name) releases and countless interim updates, the code would become so stable that Apple can go almost half a year without a “point point” update.

    Also, there were many more “security” updates in between. I’m sure there are security fixes in 10.4.9, and there were probably non-security fixes in the security updates.

  2. who thinks of this stuff?
    some guy with no life or friends, just decides to do a chart about when every update happened?

    I say to all you statisticians(sp)
    get a life!
    and I’ll go to spelling school

  3. Problem is during all this time before the update your machine could have been compromised.

    Software Update doesn’t patch the backdoors left by hackers.

    You could still be vunerable.

    Pass that pipe. Good stuff you are smoking!

    And yes, no system is bullet proof, not even Mac OS X but either you are just silly or a troll or a wise silly Windows users trying to be clever.
    Not even the MOAB guys have been able to release true exploits of any of the security weaknesses they have found (mostly on 3rd party sw that users have to install manually).

    The above is what makes Mac users smug: stupid groundless comments like the above. Even worst when they come from so-called security experts boasting “we are going to show you” and then becoming the risible wounded ducks of the entire online community.

    backdoors left by hackers LOL, where do you think you are, on Vista?

  4. [Quote]
    10.4.9 just rendered my CD and DVD burning useless. I keep getting error code 0x80020000

    Anybody else run into this? Just wasted about 5 DVDs just trying to troubleshoot it.


    When you do ask for help, try to give a litle detail about your situation — Mac model, what you’re using to burn, can you read CDs, etc.

  5. Look at the signs:

    Puma to Jaguar – Jun 6 – Aug 23 78 days
    Jag to Panther – Oct 3 – Oct 24 21 Days
    Panter to Tiger – Apr 15 – Apr 29 14 Days

    Tiger to Leopard – Mar 13 – March 27? 14 Days

    If you think about it, the invites could go out next Tuesday.

  6. Okay, wait. We need to pull out the ol’ calculator here…

    10.1.5 was released on June 6. 10.2.0 shipped on August 23. That’s 78 days.
    10.2.8 was released on October 3. 10.3.0 shipped on October 24. That’s 21 days.
    10.3.9 was released on April 15. 10.4.0 shipped on April 29. That’s 14 days.

    Okay, if we average it, that’s about 38 days. So Leopard will be released on…Friday, April 20, 2007!

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