Tiger ships early for some

While Apple’s Mac OS X v10.4 “Tiger” isn’t expected to hit retail store shelves until Friday, the software may have shipped a bit earlier than expected, both from some third-party vendors who have accepted pre-orders for the software and also from Apple itself.

Some customers who placed orders through Apple’s online store report report receiving shipping confirmations that show their orders will arrive well before Tiger’s official release date of April 29th. Some who ordered the new operating system release from mail-order companies have likewise received confirmations their copies of Tiger have shipped, and there have been a few isolated reports from buyers who say they’ve already received their copies.

This hasn’t affected Apple’s plans to debut Tiger worldwide on Friday, April 29th, however. Apple’s retail stores in the United States, Japan and the U.K. are gearing up for Friday evening release events, timed for 6 P.M. in each store’s local time zone. Apple’s second U.K. store, Apple Store Bullring in Birmingham, is expected to open its doors at the same time as Tiger’s release. Other authorized Apple resellers are expected to start selling Tiger at the same time.

Tiger costs US$129, and contains more than 150 new features, including the hotly anticipated search engine technology called Spotlight; a new mini-application interface called Dashboard; Automator, Apple’s new interface for its venerable AppleScript technology, and much more.

Apple was not available for comment as MacCentral posted this article.

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