10.4.9 - the longest wait for any Mac OS X update - 165 days

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By: switchtoamac at: 3:06 PM on March 14, 2007 | Comments (2)
When Apple released the highly anticipated Mac OS X 10.4.9 update on March 13, 2007, it marked the longest time between any Mac OS X version.  It took Apple 165 days to release the update, or in other words, five months and thirteen days.  Version 10.4.8 was released on September 29, 2006.  See the following chart detailing all Mac OS X version release dates and number of days between versions.

Mac OS X versions and release dates 

Is 10.4.9 the last release of Tiger?
Those of us who previously used or currently use Panther (10.3) are quick to point out that Panther updates ended at version 10.3.9.  So it begs the question, will Tiger experience a similar fate?  Does 10.4.9 mark the last and final update to Tiger?  Perhaps.  Anyone who follows patterns or trends will argue that a single data point or event does not mark a trend.

Looking back at previous Mac OS X releases we see that Jaguar ended at 10.2.8 (note that 10.2.7 wasn't released and the first 10.2.8 was pulled due to bugs).  Puma ended at 10.1.5.

Apple has been working on and hyping the next release of Mac OS X, version 10.5 Leopard.  Apple has announced that Leopard will be released during Spring 2007 which could mean that it's weeks or months away.  We'll post our prediction for the Leopard release date in a post tomorrow.

2 Reader Comments

I will just be happy when Apple gives a release date for Leopard. I'm waiting for the release to buy an iMac. It will be my first and I can't wait!

I love it. 165 day since 10.4.8; the 10.4.9 update includes all security updates released since 10.4.8 and the press goes apeshit over the number of security fixes included in the update. "45 security updates at once, MOAB was right, M$ was right OS X has NO security, look out the sky is falling!"

One of these days journalists are actually going to do their jobs.

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