Mac OS X Panther

Mac OS X Panther
Mac OS X v10.3 "Panther"
Part of the Mac OS X family
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Screenshot of Mac OS X Panther
Apple Computer
Release date October 24, 2003[info]
Current version 10.3.9 (April 15, 2005)[info]
Source model Closed source (with open source components)
License APSL and Apple EULA
Kernel type Hybrid kernel
Platform support PowerPC
Preceded by Mac OS X v10.2 "Jaguar"
Succeeded by Mac OS X v10.4 "Tiger"
Support status

Mac OS X Panther (version 10.3) is the fourth major release of Mac OS X, Apple’s desktop and server operating system. It followed Mac OS X v10.2 "Jaguar" and preceded Mac OS X Tiger (version 10.4). Apple released Panther on October 24, 2003.


System requirements

Since a New World ROM is required for Mac OS X Panther, certain older computers (such as beige Power Mac G3s and “Wall Street” PowerBook G3s) are unable to run Panther by default. Third-party software (such as XPostFacto) can, however, override checks made during the install process; otherwise, installation or upgrades from Jaguar will fail on these older machines.

The system requirements are:[1]

  • PowerPC G3, G4, or G5 processor (at least 233 MHz)
  • Built-in USB (indicative of a New World ROM being present)
  • At least 128 MB of RAM (512 MB recommended, 96 MB supported unofficially)
  • At least 1.5 GB of available hard disk space
  • CD drive
  • Internet access requires a compatible service provider; iDisk requires a .Mac account (now MobileMe)

Video conferencing requires:

  • 333 MHz or faster PowerPC G3, G4, or G5 processor
  • Broadband Internet access (100 kbit/s or faster)
  • Compatible FireWire DV camera or web camera

Panther still supported the Classic environment fully for running older Mac OS 9 applications.

New and changed features

End-user features

Apple advertised that Mac OS X Panther had 150+ new features, including:

  • Finder—Updated with a brushed-metal interface, a new live search engine, customizable Sidebar, secure deletion, File labels and Zip support built in. The Finder icon was also changed.
  • Fast User Switching—Allows a user to remain logged in while another user logs in
  • Exposé—Helps the user manage windows by showing them all as thumbnails.
  • TextEdit – TextEdit now is also compatible with Microsoft Word (.doc) documents.
  • Xcode developer tools—Faster compile times with gcc 3.3.
  • Preview—Increased speed with PDF rendering
  • QuickTime—Now supports the Pixlet high definition video codec

New applications in Panther

  • Font Book—Font Book, Apple's font manager, simplifies viewing character maps and installing fonts. It also allows the user to sort fonts into categories.
  • FileVault—On the fly encryption and decryption of a user’s home folder
  • iChat AV—The new version of iChat. Now with built-in Audio- and video-conferencing.
  • X11—X11 is built into Panther
  • Safari—New browser made to replace Internet Explorer for Mac, developed when the contract between Apple and Microsoft ended. Internet Explorer for Mac was still available but not supported by Microsoft or Apple. Safari 1.0 was included in an update in Jaguar but was used as the default browser in Panther.


Release history

Version Build Date OS name Notes
10.3 7B85 October 24, 2003 Darwin 7.0 Original retail release set
7B86 Server Edition
10.3.1 7C107 November 10, 2003 Darwin 7.1 Mac OS X Update 10.3.1: Information and Download
10.3.2 7D24 December 17, 2003 Darwin 7.2 Mac OS X: About the Mac OS X 10.3.2 Update
7F28 Updated retail release
10.3.3 7F44 March 15, 2004 Darwin 7.3 Mac OS X: About the Mac OS X 10.3.3 Update (Combo)
10.3.4 7H63 May 26, 2004 Darwin 7.4 About the Mac OS X 10.3.4 Update
10.3.5 7M34 August 9, 2004 Darwin 7.5 About the Mac OS X 10.3.5 Update (Delta); Updated retail release set
10.3.6 7R28 November 5, 2004 Darwin 7.6 About the Mac OS X 10.3.6 Update (Delta)
10.3.7 7S215 December 15, 2004 Darwin 7.7 About the Mac OS X 10.3.7 Update (Delta)
10.3.8 7U16 February 9, 2005 Darwin 7.8 About the Mac OS X 10.3.8 Update (Delta)
10.3.9 7W98 April 15, 2005 Darwin 7.9 About the Mac OS X 10.3.9 Update (Delta)


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