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Apple to Ship Mac OS X Tiger on 29 April
Posted on 13-Apr-2005 09:26. | Tags Filed under: News.

Apple has confirmed that Mac OS X version 10.4 "Tiger" will go on sale Friday, 29 April 2005, beginning at 6:00 p.m. during special events at Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The most important features touted by Apple are Spotligt, Dashboard, iChat updates and Automator.

Spotlight is Apple's new fast way for users to find virtually anything stored on their Mac. Much like users can instantly find songs in iTunes by name, artist or album, Spotlight searches the contents inside documents and information about those documents, or metadata. This includes just about anything on a computer, including emails, contacts, appointments, images, PDFs, and almost any type of document, including Microsoft Office documents. This information is then automatically organised and instantly displayed as search results. Apple has incorporated Spotlight search technology into several Tiger applications including Mail, Address Book, Finder and System Preferences, and several third party developers are expected to introduce applications with Spotlight search technology in the coming months.

Dashboard can host accessory applications called widgets that appear instantly to give users immediate access to information like stock quotes, weather forecasts, airline flight tracking, unit of measure, currency conversions and a phone book. Tiger ships with 14 widgets, and because Dashboard is based on standard web technologies such as HTML and JavaScript, it's easy for third party developers to create new widgets that users can easily add to their Dashboards.

iChat in Tiger supports a new H.264 video codec for better picture quality over the same Internet bandwidth. Users can now create audio conferences with up to 10 people and video conferences with up to four people in a 3D virtual conference room, just as if they were all seated together at a table, but there are minimum specs for the machines to run this new setting. In addition, contacts on a Buddy List can now see which iTunes song a user is playing and view it in the iTunes Music Store.

The new Automator workflow application lets users automate repetitive tasks without complex programming. Users can select from a library of more than a hundred customisable actions and drag and drop them to create an automated workflow, specifically tailored to suit their requirements. Once created, workflows can be saved and even shared with friends and colleagues.

A full featured RSS reader is built into Safari to provide instant access to the most current information from leading news organizations, community web sites and even personal weblogs (blogs) directly from the browser. Multiple RSS feeds can be merged into one easy-to-read interface to create a user's own personal news clipping service.

Other new features in Tiger include an updated QuickTime 7 with with H.264 support, live video resizing, zero-configuration streaming and surround sound; Mail 2; iCal 2; Font Book 2 and a new .Mac sync preference using Xsync, a new sync engine built into Mac OS X that enables .Mac subscribers to automatically synchronize their Safari bookmarks, iCal appointments, Address Book contacts, Keychain passwords and Mail settings across multiple computers.

Tiger offers native 64-bit application support to take advantage of increased performance applications; Core Image and Core Video to provide the foundation for new image and video processing applications; Xgrid, Apple's distributed computing software;

The new version will also improve on Windows compatibility to make it easier for Mac OS X users to access a Windows-based home directory and authenticate against Microsoft's Active Directory.

Some major advances to the open standards UNIX-based foundation are present, including an updated kernel with improved SMP scalability, 64-bit virtual memory, Access Control Lists, GCC 4.0 and modernised network services.

Tiger requires a minimum of 256MB of memory and is designed to run on any Macintosh computer with a PowerPC G5, G4, or G3 processor and built-in FireWire.

Mac OS X version 10.4 "Tiger" will be available suggested retail price of US$129 for a single user license. The Mac OS X Tiger Family Pack is a single-residence, five-user license that will be available for a suggested retail price of US$199.

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