Mac OS X Tiger

Mac OS X Tiger
Version of Mac OS X
CodenameMerlot (PPC) / Chardonay (Intel)
Preliminary name
ArchitecturePPC, i386
Latest build8S165
Release date2005-04-29
Support end2009-09
Mac OS X Panther (10.3)
Replaced by
Mac OS X Leopard (10.5)

Mac OS X Tiger (10.4) was released on 29 April 2005. It introduced 64-bit support for Unix binaries (but not for the Mac OS X API) and was the first version of Mac OS X to support x86 (Intel) and x86-64 processors. It was the last version to support PowerPC G3 processors and last version to able to boot on PowerPC 603/604 processors (by using kernel patch).

The original RTM build of Tiger (and several versions after) only supported PowerPC processors. Support for Intel processors was not added until build 8B1025. The Intel version of Tiger (Client) was only included with Mac hardware that required it, no boxed retail version of Tiger (Client) for Intel exists.

Mac OS X Tiger exists in both a Client and Server SKU, the Server SKU ships with additional applications that are part of Mac OS X Server, and requires activation.

Differences from Mac OS X Panther[edit | edit source]

  • Sherlock has become replaced with Spotlight, a search feature included in the Mac OS X toolbar.
  • A new feature comparable with Windows Media Center, Front Row, debuted with Mac OS X Tiger.
  • The Dashboard, a collection of widgets for the Desktop, has been introduced. It can be compared with the gadgets of Windows Sidebar and Desktop Gadget Gallery. Removed with macOS 10.15 Catalina.

Builds[edit | edit source]

Beta[edit | edit source]

RTM[edit | edit source]

Updates[edit | edit source]