Apple lets the Tiger loose

Apple has launched its latest desktop operating system based on Unix: the Mac OS X Tiger. Mac users will get much more than they'd bargained for, since Tiger packs in more than 200 new features and innovations.

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By  Chris Fernando Published  May 2, 2005

Apple has launched its latest desktop operating system based on Unix: the Mac OS X Tiger. Mac users will get much more than they'd bargained for, since Tiger packs in more than 200 new features and innovations. These innovations include Spotlight, a desktop search technology that lets users instantly find anything stored on their Mac, and Dashboard, a new way to instantly access important information such as weather forecasts and stock quotes, using a class of applications called Widgets. "Features such as Spotlight and Dashboard will change the way millions of people use their computers,” predicted Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing. “Our competitors will be trying to copy Tiger’s more than 200 new features and innovations for years to come.” Earlier this year, Apple's CEO Steve Jobs had stated that Microsoft's long awaited operating system code-named Longhorn included some of the existing features of Tiger. However, Windows chief Jim Allchin had suggested that it was Apple doing the copying, though Longhorn is scheduled to be launched only in 2006. A list of 200 new features of Tiger is available at: http://www.apple.com/macosx/newfeatures/over200.html. Tiger is currently available through Apple's authorised regional resellers, such as Arabian Business Machines, and is priced around $142.

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