Mac OS X Tiger

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mac OS X Tiger
developer Apple Computer, Inc.
License (s) EULA ; APSL , BSD , GPL , among others
First publ. April 29, 2005
Current  version 04/10/11 of November 14, 2007
(12 years and 290 days ago)
Basic system Darwin
Kernel hybrid ( XNU )
ancestry Unix → BSD
↳ Rhapsody
↳ Mac OS X (macOS)
Mac OS Classic
↳ Mac OS X 10.0+
Architecture (s) PowerPC ,
x86 , x64 (both from 10.4.4)
timeline 10.3 ← 10.4 → 10.5
compatibility POSIX , FreeBSD , Mac OS Classic
Languages) multilingual ( details ),
u. a. German
unavailable; ( Memento dated May 7, 2005 on the Internet Archive )

Tiger , fully Mac OS X Tiger 10.4 , the fifth major release of macOS , the desktop operating system from Apple that was introduced at that time under the name of Mac OS X. It was released on April 29, 2005 as the successor to Mac OS X Panther . Tiger first supported only Macs with PowerPC - processors . From version 10.4.4 the system also runs on Macs with Intel processors. Updates were released separately as PowerPC or Intel versions.

The server version Mac OS X Server is available from version 10.4.7 as a universal version, which means that the same system can start on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. An Intel version of Mac OS X 10.4.1 released to developers ran on a PC with an Intel Pentium 4 processor in a Power Mac G5 housing. The Apple TV software of the 1st generation Apple TV is based on Mac OS X 10.4.7.

At over two years old, Tiger is the longest-maintained version of Mac OS X. On November 14, 2007, the last version of Tiger, 10.4.11 was released. The successor operating system to Tiger is Mac OS X Leopard (10.5, 2007).


The new features include limited support for 64-bit processes (on 64-bit processors), improved SMB support and the new programming interfaces Core Image and Core Video for outsourcing graphic calculations to the graphics card's GPU.

User functions

  • Spotlight , a system-wide metadata search with saveable search results
  • Dashboard , with Dashboard widgets can be displayed above the desktop
  • Automator , is used to make routine tasks run automatically
  • Safari 2.0, which supports RSS for the first time
  • the video codec H.264 as part of QuickTime  7
  • new versions of iChat  AV and Mail

System requirements

Steve Jobs at WWDC 2005 . In the background you can see that he is using Mac OS X Tiger version 10.4.1 on an Intel CPU instead of PowerPC.

Apple specifies the following system requirements for Tiger:

  • Mac computer with PowerPC or (from 10.4.4) Intel processor
  • Integrated FireWire technology
  • At least 256 MB of RAM
  • DVD drive for installation
  • 3 GB of free space on the hard drive, 4 GB with Xcode

As of version 10.4.4, Tiger supports the PowerPC G3 , G4 or G5 processors from Motorola or IBM as well as x86 processors from Intel .

Old programs that only run on classic Mac OS up to Mac OS 9 are still supported in the Classic environment , but only on PowerPC Macs. The Mac OS 9 required for virtualization was supplied with some Power Macs or could be purchased separately. On Mac OS X for Intel processors was boot camp in the beta versions publicly tested to 1.4 (August 2007) 1.0 (2006 April) ( English public beta ). However, after the trial period expires, Boot Camp for Mac OS X Tiger will no longer be available.


On the subject of security, see the main article .


Mac OS X
-Build Publication date
PowerPC x64
Older version; no longer supported: 10.4.0 8A428 - April 29, 2005
Older version; no longer supported: 10.4.1 8B15 - May 16, 2005
Older version; no longer supported: 10.4.2 8C46 - July 12, 2005
Older version; no longer supported: 10.4.3 8F46 - October 31, 2005
Older version; no longer supported: 10.4.4 8G32 8G1165 January 10, 2006
Older version; no longer supported: 10.4.5 8H14 8G1454 February 14, 2006
Older version; no longer supported: 10.4.6 8I127 8I1119 April 3, 2006
Older version; no longer supported: 10.4.7 8J135 8J2135a June 27, 2006
Older version; no longer supported: 10.4.8 8L127 8L2127 September 29, 2006
Older version; no longer supported: 10.4.9 8P135 8P2137 March 13, 2007
Older version; no longer supported: 10.4.10 8R218 8R2218 June 20, 2007
Older version; no longer supported: 10.4.11 8S165 8S2167 November 14, 2007
Old version
Older version; still supported
Current version
Current preliminary version
Future version


  • John Siracusa: Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger On: April 28, 2005, accessed August 30, 2012.

Individual evidence

  1. Apple to Use Intel Microprocessors Beginning in 2006. In: Apple Press Info. Apple Computer, Inc. , June 6, 2005, accessed December 20, 2016 : "Apple ... announced the availability of a Developer Transition Kit, consisting of an Intel-based Mac development system along with preview versions of Apple's software, which will allow developers to prepare versions of their applications which will run on both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs. ... The Developer Transition Kit is available starting today for $ 999 to all Apple Developer Connection Select and Premier members. "
  2. ^ Adam Rosen: The Apple Developer Transition System - a Trojan Horse PowerMac. In: Vintage Mac Museum Blog . The Vintage Mac Museum, May 29, 2014, accessed December 20, 2016 .
  3. LowEndMac: Original Apple TV (English), article from January 9, 2007; Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  4. Apple: System requirements for Mac OS X Tiger ( Memento from May 28, 2005 in the Internet Archive ) (in the archive at
  5. Information about 10.4.1 at Apple
  6. Information about 10.4.2 at Apple
  7. Information about 10.4.3 at Apple
  8. Information about 10.4.4 at Apple
  9. Information about 10.4.5 at Apple
  10. Information about 10.4.6 at Apple
  11. Information about 10.4.7 at Apple
  12. Information about 10.4.8 at Apple
  13. Information about 10.4.9 at Apple
  14. Information about 10.4.10 at Apple
  15. Information about 10.4.11 at Apple