Mac OS X Tiger

Mac OS X Tiger
Version of Mac OS X
Mac OS X Tiger logo.svg
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Version10.4
CodenameMerlot (PPC) / Chardonay (Intel)
Preliminary name
ArchitecturePPC, PPC64, i386
Latest build8S2167
Release date2005-04-29
Support end2009-09
SKUs
Desktop
Server
Replaces
Mac OS X Panther
Replaced by
Mac OS X Leopard

Mac OS X Tiger, or Mac OS X 10.4, is a version of Mac OS X, released on 29 April 2005. It introduced 64-bit support for Unix binaries (excluding the Mac OS X API) and was the first version of Mac OS X to support Intel x86 processors. It was the last version to support PowerPC G3 processors and below (603/604 only via kernel patching).

Early Tiger versions, including all boxed retail released, only supported PowerPC processors. The first available build to support Intel is build 8B1025, which was pre-installed on the original transition kit. After the introduction of the first proper Intel Macs, the client version of Tiger for Intel was only included with Mac hardware that required it and no boxed retail versions of it exist. However, the Universal Server Edition, which was compatible with both Intel and PowerPC, did have a boxed release.

Features[edit | edit source]

  • Spotlight, a search feature included in the menu bar.
  • 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.
  • Automator, which can be used to create automated actions.
  • A feature comparable with Windows Media Center, called Front Row.[a]
  • Photo Booth, an application for taking photos and videos with the iSight camera.[b]

List of known builds[edit | edit source]

Beta[edit | edit source]

RTM[edit | edit source]

Updates[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. 10.4.2 for the iMac G5 (iSight) and future models.
  2. 10.4.2 for Macs with an iSight camera.