MAC OS/X Tiger release date?

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  1. ThreadKiller

    ThreadKiller Socialism Sucks

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    OK, I find I am starting to recycle the vulgarities I toss at my Wintel POS and as I don't want to fall into a rut, it's time for a change.

    As has been recommended (and I don't know why I wasn't smart enough to realize this for myself) I have decided to jump ship and go to an Apple Mac.

    The Apple website states that their new "Tiger" version of Mac OS will out "in the first half of 2005". Should I wait until it's out and then buy? How much does Apple usually charge for OS updates should I buy the current "Panther" version? I cannot find any language on the website that indicates the OS update will provided to me if I buy the current version now.

    Thanks,

    Tim
     
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    Nope, no free updates. I'm still running OSX 10.2 "Jaguar" for just that reason. Maybe after "Tiger" comes out, I'll upgrade.
     

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    Apple normally charges between $20 and sometimes $100 to upgrade to the newest OSX.I think full price is $129 and recently purchased systems can upgrade for $20 and older ones get it for $100($99).There was a minor security bug found in the OSX kernel right after Apple anounced Mac OSX 10.4 Tiger would be released so I think that is going to delay the release.
     
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    The updates are free it's the upgrade to the latest version of OSX that they charge.
     
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    Getting the free updates to OSX 10.3(.7) won't get you OSX 10.4 Tiger.
     
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    OK, I guess I'm in kind of a holding pattern then. I'd like to wait until "Tiger" comes out before I buy but I am so fed up with my Wintel box!

    Are OS upgrades available on CD or are they a d/l only thing? We can only get dial up access in the little town I live in so big downloads are a major undertaking.

    I guess I need to call Apple and talk to them and see what they have to say.

    Thanks for the responses.

    Tim
     
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    If you're new to Mac OS I don't thing you'll need to have Tiger.
    You can get new Os Software on Disk.
    It's the upgrades you get online.
    I assumen you can get them on cd from apple too for a fee. They're free online, but caqn get large. though they aren't always.
    You're new machine will tell you when they're available and how big they are, then you decide if you get them or not.
    Since you've had it with your windows machine, just go get one now. You win't be sorry.
     
  8. ThreadKiller

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    Oh I'm sure any version of MAC OS will be a step ahead (or several) of my current POS but I'd sure hate to buy Tiger and then two weeks later Panther is released and I can have it for only $100 or whatever. It'd be nice if Apple would offer a voucher for the new s/w upgrade for those buying MAC's in the months ahead of Panther's release.

    Thanks,

    Tim
     
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    If you are new to the Mac platform you probably shouldn't be too worried about getting the latest and greatest from Apple before getting used to the nuances of the overall OS itself. I know this because I recently switched from Linux/Windows XP to a Mac Mini. It comes with Panther (10.3.X) and while Apple will be releasing Tiger soon, I'm happy to get used to the UI and underlying parts of the current OS and any new features that might be incorporated in the upgrade probably aren't worth jumping right on especially if you are fed up with Windows.

    Rest assured that if you just go ahead and make the jump to a Mac you'll be impressed enough with the current OS to make the whole thing worthwhile regardless of when Apple is going to get around to releasing Tiger.
     
  10. Deanster

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    Recent rumors on http://www.thinksecret.com have Tiger coming out in April. Apple's policy on providing free or low-cost upgrades to recent purchasers is lousy - they'll often only provide it for people who buy between the announcement of the new OS release date and when it goes on sale - often only a couple weeks.

    While I agree with the folks above who say that Tiger's upgrades aren't enough to go out of your way to wait for, at the same time, if you're not in a hurry, having Tiger for free will keep you out of trouble for a year or so, until the next upgrade comes out.

    I'll also add that it's important to set your expectations - OS X and Macs aren't perfect. I think they are head and shoulders above current Windows offerings, but at the end of the day, they're still computers, and have the failings of their breed.

    One of my major challenges these days is not to be smug when my Windows-using friends and colleagues recount their spyware/virus/malware struggles. I don't even run anti-virus software on my Macs. ;f

    Of course, on my Windows boxes, I run AdAware, SpyBot, McAfee, Microsoft's Malicious Software tool, the SP2 firewall or ZoneAlarm, and they still get cooties.
     
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    I don't expect perfection out of a Mac. But I do expect it to be more stable than a typical Wintel contraption simply because Mac s/w and hardware is more tightly integrated than their PC counterparts.

    And then the UNIX underpinnings of OS/X is definitely a plus.

    Since Tiger is so close, I can hold off on my purchase.

    Besides, I think I have enough duct tape and baling wire on hand to keep the PC functioning for a few more weeks.

    Thanks,

    Tim
     
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    I would, or at least very close. Short of Linux, OS/X is probably the most reliable OS available on the consumer market. Not to mention, of course, Apple's design and quality perfection. As an XP user I have limited experience with Mac. However, I've had a huge itch for a Mac Mini or iMac for the past few weeks. I wouldn't care if it came with Panther or Tiger. Tiger may not even be that great to wait for for a new user. However, if it is coming out soon I'd wait, unless, of course, I could no longer resist the itch.
     
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    I'm buying my mom a Mac Mini to replace her very old iMac. The iMac is running OS X and does well, but it's slow and she's hitting the limits of the machine (out of HD space, no Firewire, no CD burner, etc.)

    I'm going to wait until April so that she can get Tiger.

    Chris
     
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    OK, I visited ThinkSecret.com. Lots o' info there. Sounds like Tiger is going to be a big upgrade, so I think it's worth the wait. Sounds like Apple will releasing upgraded hardware as well.

    Thanks for the link!

    Tim
     
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    Macs are fun, but they certainly have some interesting "Mac-isms".

    When you get an error message, see how many times the error description has anything remotely to do with what caused the error. Fortunately, you don't get very many system errors.

    Part of the fun of macs.