Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger was the longest-lived version of OS X with 30 months on the market. It was released on April 29, 2005 and replaced by OS X 10.5 Leopard on October 26, 2007. Tiger officially requires a G3 or later Mac with FireWire, 256 MB of RAM, and 3 GB of available hard drive space. The consumer version of Tiger is PowerPC only, but the Server version is a universal binary that will run on PPC and Intel Macs.
Tiger usually ships on DVD, and users could order a CD-ROM version or do a media exchange with Apple for $20 when Tiger was current. See Installing OS X 10.4 Tiger on DVD-Challenged Macs Using FireWire Target Disk Mode for tips on installing Tiger on Macs without DVD-compatible drives.
The 5-user family pack is generally the most economical way to buy any version of OS X for two to five Macs.
Tiger runs on all slot-loading iMacs (even the FireWire-free 350 MHz model), G4 PowerBooks, G4 Power Macs, G3 iBooks, and the Pismo PowerBook G3. We recommend at least 512 MB of RAM for good performance, and Tiger can be slower than OS X 10.3 Panther on some older, lower-RAM G3 systems.
A version of OS X 10.4.4 was released with the first Intel-based Macs in January 2006. Through the remainder of Tiger’s life, there were separate PowerPC and Intel versions of OS X 10.4. It was only with OS X 10.5 Leopard that Apple delivered a universal installer and operating system for both hardware platforms.
Tiger supports Classic Mode only on PowerPC Macs; Classic Mode is not compatible with Intel-based Macs. Classic Mode lets you run Mac OS 9.2.2 within OS X so you can access legacy software. You must have a copy of Mac OS 9.2.2 to use Classic Mode. For prices on Mac OS 9.2.2, see our Best Classic Mac OS Prices.
Upgrade bundles (OS X 10.3 + the 10.4 upgrade) require a Mac that can run Mac OS X 10.3.
- Our Mac OS 9 Group is for those using Mac OS 9, either natively or in Classic Mode.
- Our Tiger Forum and Tiger Group are for those using Mac OS X 10.4.
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Best Mac OS X 10.4 Prices
- OS X 10.4.3 DVD, full version, $140 shipped, Operator Headgao
- OS X 10.4 CD, full version, $190, FastMac
- OS X 10.4.3 DVD, family pack, $300, PCMonde
- OS X 10.4 Server DVD, 10 users, $176 shipped, Amazon.com
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- OS X 10.4 upgrade, requires 10.3, $79.95
- OS X 10.4 DVD, eMac, $69.95
- OS X 10.4 DVD, Late 2005 Mac mini G4, $49.95
- OS X 10.4 DVD, $179.95
- OS X 10.4 CD, eMac, $79.95
- OS X 10.4 CD, $189.95
- OS X 10.4 Server, 10 users, $309.95
- other machine-specific versions listed
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- OS X 10.4.3 DVD, $139.77 shipped
- OS X 10.4.3 DVD, used, $149.99
- OS X 10.4.3 DVD, new, $249.99
- OS X 10.4.3 DVD, 5-user family pack, used, $299.99
- OS X 10.4.3 DVD, 5-user family pack, new, $399.99
- OS X 10.4 Server, 10 users, used, $199.99
- OS X 10.4 Server, 10 users, new, $299.99
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