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Apple reveals Mac OS X Tiger retail packaging

updated 10:20 pm EST, Wed February 16, 2005

Mac OS X Tiger retail box

Apple today revealed its new Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger" retail packaging in a letter to customers. In Wednesday's edition of an Apple newsletter, Apple unveiled the retail packaging for its next-generation "Tiger" operating system. Differing from the previous tiger-like striped graphics it touted at WWDC 2004, the retail box is pitch black with a shiny platinum "X" that extends the full length of the packaging--complete with shadow effects that offer the illusion that it is extending off the box. The newsletter, again, reiterates that Apple expects to ship Mac OS X Tiger "during the first half of 2005."

by MacNN Staff




  1. CarbonG4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Tiger box...

    The lighting/shadowing effect on the center of the X is supposed to imply the new Spotlight technology... it's a pretty clever design but still looks a bit too Panther-ish.


  1. Warrenpeace

    Joined: Dec 1969


    X marks the spot

    Reminds me more of XMen and the X2 film graphic more than anything else.

    I'll take a mutated, super-powered OS!

  1. MPMoriarty

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I like it

    While the packaging and logo of Jaguar looked nice, it looked a little...I don't know quite how to say looking.

    The packaging and logo of Panther and now Tiger are really nice. Not only do they look great, but they express Mac OS X as being powerful, sophisticated, mature, etc.

    Plus, I think Apple is trying to make their operating system look more grown up than their other versions.

    Just my opinion.

  1. Kenneth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: X marks the spot

    That's on my mind when I first saw the picture.

  1. jimothy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Panther box

    The Panther box is also primarily black and silver...the cat motif is only on the CDs.

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Who cares!

    People aren't going to buy OS X.4 because of the box. And except for the few no-lifers who feel every time they open anything from Apple they have to photograph each step (" And here in picture 66 you see me taking the celophane off the OS X box. I hope you're sitting down, because in picture 67, I'm not opening the box!"), you open the box, pull out the software and either (a) close the box up and shove it on the closet shelf, or (b) fold the box up and shove it in the recycling bin or trash.

  1. Meövv

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Very nice X. Sans serif is the way to go after 5 generations of serif X:s.

    But I hope the tiger stripes will be visible somewhere. They would be too cool and powerful to pass up.

  1. horvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Tiger here we come

    I don't care about the box. It's what's in the new OS that I care about.
    And I know a lot of great things are there. Can't wait to get my copy.

  1. olePigeon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'm guilty of pictures..

    I did that for our XServe. :P

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    $520 US & counting...

    ...will be the cost of OS-X to keep my 400 Ti up 2 date...

    ...hopefully mail will be able to add addresses from emails correctly ie last name 1st, and maybe java will ultimately work in safari compatibly & with similar speed to a pc surfing experience (it is getting better) and we will have an isync that intuitively syncs secondary addresses & other fields from our palm devices, and maybe even a few accounting options will be available that can download bank data (like a pc) rather than transcribing it all by hand (I know some like doing it & it's not apple's issue) - it is pretty & it is getting better - but it is also very pricey & still a 'compromise' to other options - to date offering wonderful features in some areas & having crippling weaknesses in others...

    I couldn't give a darn about the box... Hopefully some of the less flashy but data critical software functionality will be improved...

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