Next week in San Francisco, at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, the question may be answered about whether Apple will continue to support the Mac OS X, Version 10.4, aka Tiger. What is the current status? With Apple discontinuing patches, and developers currently dropping support in updates, its days appear numbered.
How big is OSX Tiger in market share? Here are the numbers compared to other OS.
|Mac OS X 10.6||2.34%|
|Mac OS X 10.5||1.96%|
|Mac OS X 10.4(Tiger)||0.66%|
|Mac OS X (no version reported)||0.14%|
|Mac OS X Mach-O||0.04%|
There are several million users of Tiger. However, Tiger is being overlooked for updates. For example, in February, the Mozilla development team said it would not provide support for Tiger in the next major update of Firefox.
Recently, in a post by Mac Blogger, Charles Moore, he points out that security updates have not included Tiger; moreover, browser support is falling by the wayside.
Another area that shows the writing on the wall is the writing for OS. For developers, starting with the release of Leopard, many programmers have made new titles for Snow Leopard only. This migration may have started early in the Leopard release cycle. One thing that developers were quick to notice was that it was easy to develop for Leopard/Snow Leopard but too much effort required for a Tiger version.
Support issues usually tend to originate with developers. They are the first to get help, and when they stop getting help, then consumers will also see cut back in support.
Mac OS X Tiger (version 10.4) was the fifth major release of Mac OS X. It was released to the public on 29 April 2005. After 30 months, Tiger was succeeded by Mac OS X Leopard (version 10.5) on 26 October 2007, making Tiger the longest running version of Mac OS X.