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Apple preps first builds of Mac OS X 10.4.10 for testing

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Exclusive: With the release of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard pushed back to October, Apple has bought itself more time to tie loose ends in the current Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger operating system and will put forth those fixes via its first "dot ten" software update in quite some time, AppleInsider has learned.

According to those people familiar with the matter, the first pre-release builds of Mac OS X 10.4.10 began making the rounds in Cupertino earlier this month.

The Mac maker hopes to stabilize the software to the point where it can begin seeding copies of the software update externally to its thousands of Apple Developer Connection members as early as next week, those same people say.

At this time, specific fixes and feature enhancements are unknown. However, in speaking to editors recently, company representatives vowed to provide a fix for at least one Mac audio-related issue in a "forthcoming update."

Apple may also tap the impending Tiger update to lend software support to an upcoming series of Mac hardware updates that will include refreshed MacBook Pro notebooks and redesigned 20- and 24-inch iMac all-in-one desktop systems.

Although the company had originally intended to disperse its next-generation Leopard operating system around the same time as those hardware product launches, urgency in meeting its self-imposed June launch date for iPhone directly translated into a multi-month delay of Leopard.

Apple last updated Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger in March, when it released Mac OS X 10.4.9 with improved camera RAW support, improved DVD playback, enhanced Bluetooth support and more.
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It's The Apocalypse!
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Let the arguing about 10.4.10 begin!
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Wait, is that 10.4.1 again? I'm confuuuuuzed. Oh wait, I'm not.
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Why don't they just call it 10.5, ship it on time in June/July, and be done with it?
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I believe we were heading this way regardless of Leopard's delay. The iPhone is probably the driving force and Apple will want 10.4 users to have the basic environment available for them. While a lot of the iPhone software will come on a CD (for both Mac & Windows users) there will probably be some changes and 10.4.10 will keep everyone on the same page.

10.4.10 would probably also be needed for any new hardware that needs some of the code from Leopard. MBP and a iMac would be at the head of the list. I don't see Apple doing this for the Mac mini!
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suggestion for naming convention of updates

10.4.9A
10.4.9B
10.4.9C

or

10.4.9.1
10.4.9.2

I just think 10.4.10 is mistaken for 10.4.1
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I don't see why people have so much trouble with this. It's obviously a separator, not a decimal place. 10.4.9 doesn't make sense as a decimal number either.
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Originally Posted by domerdel View Post

suggestion for naming convention of updates

10.4.9A
10.4.9B
10.4.9C

or

10.4.9.1
10.4.9.2

I just think 10.4.10 is mistaken for 10.4.1

No, just you.
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Hopefully, this will put to rest the silly arguments about the naming scheme of Mac OS X point updates.
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For some strange reason I always wanted to see a 10.X.10 release
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For some strange reason I always wanted to see a 10.X.10 release

How about an X.X.X release?

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Originally Posted by mazola View Post

Why don't they just call it 10.5, ship it on time in June/July, and be done with it?

Are you being serious?
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Originally Posted by kenaustus View Post

I believe we were heading this way regardless of Leopard's delay. The iPhone is probably the driving force and Apple will want 10.4 users to have the basic environment available for them. While a lot of the iPhone software will come on a CD (for both Mac & Windows users) there will probably be some changes and 10.4.10 will keep everyone on the same page.

10.4.10 would probably also be needed for any new hardware that needs some of the code from Leopard. MBP and a iMac would be at the head of the list. I don't see Apple doing this for the Mac mini!

I agree. Depending on when this is officially released, we may also see a 10.4.11.

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I just think 10.4.10 is mistaken for 10.4.1

Yet no one mistakes 10.4 for 1.4
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Might as well make it purely hexadecimal and call it 10.4.A.
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Might as well make it purely hexadecimal and call it 10.4.A.

Wouldn't that make it sound like a Canadian CB radio operator?
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Wouldn't that make it sound like a Canadian CB radio operator?

*facepalm*
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Wouldn't that make it sound like a Canadian CB radio operator?

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Wouldn't that make it sound like a Canadian CB radio operator?



Soda just came out of my nose.
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I agree. Depending on when this is officially released, we may also see a 10.4.11.

It is pretty safe bet that we will see 10.4.11. Apple always makes a point update to previous version shortly after a new major version is released. And, no matter whether this particular 10.4.10 rumor is accurate, I doubt we will not see an update before October-November. And this means 2 updates: 10.4.10 and 10.4.11. The numbering is a no brainer too.
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Surely this update is going to 'accommodate' the iPhone which is coming shortly.
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post #21 of 75
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Originally Posted by mazola View Post

Why don't they just call it 10.5, ship it on time in June/July, and be done with it?

No, MS already did that.
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Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post

How about an X.X.X release?

There are plenty of those.
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Apple always makes a point update to previous version shortly after a new major version is released.

I think you mean "shortly before".
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This cat needs to be put down. For the love of all the tigers in the world please release leopard already.
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my ibook still doesn't recognize my Samsung SGH D900 after the 10.4.9 update although the phone is listed as supported by Sync as of 10.4.9.
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Originally Posted by Silencio View Post

Might as well make it purely hexadecimal and call it 10.4.A.

You beat me to it!
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Originally Posted by solipsism View Post

Yet no one mistakes 10.4 for 1.4

I don't think that's necessarily applicable comparison, because a trailing zero after a decimal point adds nothing, but it does if it is before a decimal point. But even then, it never was meant to be treated as a simple number because it's not.
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I don't think that's necessarily applicable comparison, because a trailing zero after a decimal point adds nothing, but it does if it is before a decimal point. But even then, it never was meant to be treated as a simple number because it's not.

True, but how should a trailing zero be treated after two decimals? I guess I just don't understand why people think there isor should bea single digit limitation.
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We'll live without getting too involved in this thread peoples.
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Originally Posted by Silencio View Post

Might as well make it purely hexadecimal and call it 10.4.A.

Wouldn't that be A.4.A then?
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While fighting on the naming scheme, this sentence passed almost unnoticed:
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Apple may also tap the impending Tiger update to lend software support to an upcoming series of Mac hardware updates that will include refreshed MacBook Pro notebooks and redesigned 20- and 24-inch iMac all-in-one desktop systems.

I think it is quite important and if true, then a redesigned iMac should be out before Leopard is released. Also it seems that the new form will be not applied to the 17" model.
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Wouldn't that be A.4.A then?

Yep. Then the next update becomes X.T.X GTS
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For every person who sees 10.4.10 and thinks it's 10.4.1, there's one who'd look at 10.4.A and wonder if it predates 10.4.1. The general public doesn't understand software numbering and hasn't heard of hexadecimals.

Lets face it, the whole OS X numbering is seriously messed up. We're currently running "Mac oh ess ten ten point four point nine" There's no reason to repeat the ten.

If the product is MacOS then a version number 10.4.9 makes sense. If the product is MacOS X, then the version number should be 4.9.
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Wouldn't that make it sound like a Canadian CB radio operator?

Thank you - best laugh this week...
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Version ten comes after version nine, so it will be 10.4.10 and eventually 10.4.11. Why don't you people get that?

No magic numbering system, no hexadecimal system, just pure logic. End of story.

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Thank you - best laugh this week...

A jokes are so passé here in Canada. As for the X.X.X comment, _that_ was brilliant! I almost ended up with ginger ale in my nose (seriously).

And what about the people who will confuse 10.4.10 with 2.4.2? With all this confusion, maybe Apple should just call it a service pack?

*ducks and covers*
 
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How about an X.X.X release?



I guess it would be called OS XXX?
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While fighting on the naming scheme, this sentence passed almost unnoticed:

I think it is quite important and if true, then a redesigned iMac should be out before Leopard is released. Also it seems that the new form will be not applied to the 17" model.

My thoughts entirely. How come people get so caught up on meaningless semantics that they miss what's really being said?

Who gives a monkey's what it's called, it's what it does that matters! (Cue apoplexy amongst politicians)

If 10.4.10 (or whatever) includes new functionality for new hardware, presumably originally intended for Leopard, that's the big news. It suggests:

- there are significant new capabilities in Leopard, which will require new hardware, and
- we will not have to wait for Leopard for the new hardware

Of course, this is peanuts compared to what the naming convention should be...\
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Wouldn't that make it sound like a Canadian CB radio operator?

That's definitely the best joke I've seen in these forums in a long time!
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