Apple has confirmed it intends making Mac OS X 10.4 'Tiger' available at 6pm on April 29 in a worldwide product debut.

The new operating system will go on sale tomorrow at Apple Authorised Resellers and Apple retail stores worldwide at that time. All 105 Apple retail stores will host 'Tiger World Premiere' events from 6pm to midnight, offering workshops and demonstrations of the OS, with a series of in-store giveaways that include a chance to win a PowerBook G4.

Tiger leads the field

Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing Phil Schiller said: "Starting tomorrow night, features like Spotlight and Dashboard will change the way millions of people use their computers.

"Our competitors will be trying to copy Tiger’s more than 200 new features and innovations for years to come."

Such features include desktop search technology Spotlight, and also Dashboard, a series of Widgets that can access useful information, such as weather forecasts or stock charts.

The taxman cometh

Mac OS X 10.4 costs £89 for a single user license. Also available the Mac OS X Tiger Family Pack is a single-residence, five-user license that costs £139.

Mac OS X Server 10.4 ships simultaneously and costs £349 for a ten-client edition and £699 for an unlimited client license. Apple Maintenance Programme subscribers will receive Tiger Server as part of their service agreement.

The standard Mac OS Up-To-Date upgrade package is available to all customers who purchase a qualifying new Mac system from Apple or an Apple Authorised Reseller on or after April 12 for a shipping and handling fee of £11.99.

All prices include VAT.