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Apple To Ship Tiger On April 29

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Apple’s new version of their OS X operating system, called Tiger, is preparing to hit the market, and it appears it will do so running at full speed. Boasting over 200 new features, including one of the more robust desktop search applications, Tiger seems to be in a position to become one of, if not the, best operating system available to computer users.

OS X Tiger Boxshot

To accomodate demand, Apple is currently taking pre-sale orders at the Apple Store for only $129 (single user upgrade price).

The shipping information indicates current purchases will be shipped and received by April 29, which is the official Tiger launch date. Also, shipping is for the new version of OS X is free.

To celebrate the upcoming launch, Apple CEO Steve Jobs offers these thoughts, “Mac OS X Tiger is the most innovative and secure desktop operating system ever created. 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.”

When an upgraded operating system becomes available, it usually comes with a number of new features. Tiger will be no different. Boasting over 200 new features, Tiger should feature enough new innovations to keep Mac users happy for some time. What follows is a cross-section of the new features, courtesy of Apple.com.

Spotlight
Experience the breakthrough new desktop search technology that finds anything on your computer as quickly as you type. Search your entire system from one place: Files, images, emails, contacts, calendars and applications appear instantly.

Dashboard
Zooming to the top of your Desktop with the click of a function key, Dashboard, like Expos, disappears just as easily. Use Dashboard to access nifty new mini-applications called widgets.

Safari RSS
The world’s fastest web browser for the Mac, Safari now boasts built-in RSS support. Scan the latest news, information and articles from thousands of websites in one easy-to-read, searchable article list using Safari RSS.

iChat AV
Tiger iChat AV brings multi-way video and audio conferencing directly to your Desktop with new technology that delivers stunning, true-to-life picture and crystal-clear conversation.

Automator
An innovative personal automation assistant that helps you streamline challenging repetitive manual tasks without programming, Automator works like a robot inside your computer.

QuickTime 7
Make the future of video crystal clear with new QuickTime 7 features including user-friendly controls and pristine H.264 video. Upgrade to QuickTime 7 Pro and capture your own movies, then share them via email or .Mac.

Parental Controls
Mac OS X Tiger is the most family-friendly operating system ever developed, thanks to Parental Controls. Protect kids over a wide range of system preferences and applications, including Mail, Safari, iChat and more.

To see a comprehensive list of Tiger features, click here.

As mentioned earlier, for those following the search industry, Spotlight will be the feature that draws the most attention. The robust desktop search engine has performed exceptionally well in its testing phase.

If you are interested in learning more, please visit Apple’s Tiger page.

Chris Richardson is a search engine writer and editor for WebProNews. Visit WebProNews for the latest search news.

Apple To Ship Tiger On April 29
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