Apple to Ship Mac OS X “Tiger” on April 29

More Than 200 New Features & Innovations

CUPERTINO, California-April 12, 2005-Apple today announced that Mac OS X
version 10.4 “Tiger” will go on sale Friday, April 29, beginning at 6:00
p.m. during special events at Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized
Resellers. Tiger has more than 200 new features and innovations including
Spotlight, a revolutionary desktop search technology that lets users
instantly find anything stored on their Mac, including documents, emails,
contacts and images; and Dashboard, a new way to instantly access important
information like weather forecasts and stock quotes, using a dazzling new
class of applications called widgets.

“Mac OS X Tiger is the most innovative and secure desktop operating system
ever created,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Tiger’s groundbreaking new
features like Spotlight and Dashboard will change the way people use their
computers, and drive our competitors nuts trying to copy them.”

Spotlight is Apple’s new lightning 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, to find just
about anything-emails, contacts, appointments, images, PDFs, and almost any
type of document, including Microsoft Office documents-then automatically
organizes and instantly displays the results. Because Spotlight technology
is built right into the core of the operating system, it automatically
updates results instantly whenever files change and enables developers to
incorporate Spotlight technology into their applications. 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 is a new world of beautiful 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. With a single click a
user’s favorite Dashboard widgets instantly appear with up to the second
information; with another click they’re instantly gone and the user is
right back to where they left off. 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 the stunning new H.264 video codec for
dramatically 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*. 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 with just one click.

The new Automator workflow application lets users easily automate
repetitive tasks without complex programming. Users simply select from a
library of more than a hundred customizable 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:
* QuickTime 7, the latest version of Apple’s standards-based media
player, with H.264 support, live video resizing, zero-configuration
streaming and extensive surround sound;

* Mail 2, a dramatically enhanced new version of the Mac OS X built-in
Mail application with a new user interface, Spotlight searching, .Mac
syncing and full screen slideshow;

* iCal 2, with support for birthday calendars, calendar groups, improved
printing and Spotlight and Automator functions;

* Font Book 2, the updated font management utility included in Mac OS X
that now supports libraries for installing fonts anywhere on the system or
network; and

* a completely 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.

New core technologies and tools in Tiger make it easy for developers to
create the next generation of innovative applications, including:

* native 64-bit application support to take advantage of the increased
performance unleashed when accessing massive amounts of memory, while still
running side-by-side with existing 32-bit applications;

* Core Image and Core Video to provide the foundation for new image and
video processing applications;

* Xgrid, Apple’s easy-to-use distributed computing software;

* improved Windows compatibility to make it even easier for Mac OS X
users to access a Windows-based home directory and authenticate against
Microsoft’s Active Directory;

* major advances to the open standards UNIX-based foundation including an
updated state-of-the-art kernel with improved SMP scalability, 64-bit
virtual memory, Access Control Lists, GCC 4.0 and modernized network
services; and

* Xcode 2, the latest version of Apple’s powerful suite of developer
tools, designed to make it even easier and faster to build innovative Mac
OS X applications.

Pricing & Availability
Mac OS X version 10.4 “Tiger” will be available on April 29 beginning at
6:00 p.m. at Apple’s retail stores and through Apple Authorized Resellers
for a suggested retail price of $129 (US) for a single user license.
Visitors to the Apple Store ( can pre-order copies of Tiger
beginning today. The Mac OS X Tiger Family Pack is a single-residence,
five-user license that will be available for a suggested retail price of
$199 (US). Volume and maintenance pricing is available from Apple. The
standard Mac OS Up-To-Date upgrade package is available to all customers
who purchase a qualifying new Mac system from Apple or an Apple Authorized
Reseller on or after April 12 for a shipping and handling fee of $9.95
(US). 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

* Initiating a multiway video conference requires a PowerPC G5 processor
or dual 1GHz G4 processors and 384 Kbps or faster broadband Internet
access. Participating in a multiway video conference requires a 1Ghz G4 or
dual 800 MHz G4 processors or faster and 100 Kbps broadband Internet access.

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