Big Cats and Fast Cats
In August 2002 Apple released Mac OS X 10.2 “Jaguar", the first release of the operating system that used the codename in the product title. This was appropriate – the new version of the OS was much faster, and was coupled with the introduction of the grey Apple logo on the startup screen.
The following year saw “Panther", Mac OS X 10.3, released in October, with more speeds improvements and enhancements to the user interface. Of course with continued speed improvements, something had to give – support for older G3 Macs was dropped with this release.
Excluding older devices continued into the release of “Tiger" in April 2005, a notable update on the previous releases which saw new versions of Safari and QuickTime as well as what Apple claimed was over 150 new features. The most important aspect about Tiger was that it was designed for traditional PowerPC architecture Macs as well as the newer models featuring Intel processors.
At this time both types of Mac were available, but Apple planned to phase out the use of PowerPC processors (in use in the G5 series of Macs) in favour of faster Intel processors, particularly ideal for their range of notebook computers.
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