Mac OS X 10.3, Panther

Mac OS X 10.3 Panther was released on October 24, 2003.
It added and updated several new features:

  • Finder. The Finder UI was revamped and the icon was changed to give it a sleeker, more modern look.
  • Fast User Switching. Allows two desktops to be logged in at the same time.
  • Exposé. A window management tool that allows the user to see all open windows as thumbnails.
  • TextEdit. TextEdit was updated to add support for the .doc format.
  • Developer tools. The developer tools were updated for faster gcc compile times.
  • Preview. Increased PDF rendering.
  • Quicktime. Added support for the Pixlet codec.

Panther also added 6 new applications:

  • Font Book
  • FileVault
  • iChat AV
  • X11
  • Safari

System requirement for Mac OS 10.3. Panther:

  • 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 iCloud)
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