Mac OS X 10 Years Old Today, Your Memories

By Posted 24 Mar 2011, 18:14

Today Mac OS X is officially 10 years old, therefore we thought we give our readers an opportunity to share their Mac OS X memories, firstly we will give you a brief rundown of the major chapters in OS X’s history.

It all started with Mac OS X v10.0 aka Cheetah, this OS version was not completely stable and the user interface was not very responsive, to run Cheetah you needed 128MB of RAM and 1.5GB of free hard drive space, pretty much all G3s and G4s supported this OS.

On September 25, 2001 Mac OS X v10.1 aka Puma was released, this featureD faster performance, DVD playback, faster 3D capabilities and Image Capture, many thought that this update was not as much of a change as it should have been.

On August 23, 2002 Mac OS X v10.2 aka Jaguar was released, this release came with lots of new features including new and improved Mail and Finder, also Bonjour was introduced along with Address Book. Jaguar was seen as a massive jump in terms of performance, stability and compatibility.

More than a year later Mac OS X v10.3 aka Panther was released, this arrived on October 24, 2003 and introduced Exposé and Fast User Switching, also Finder was massively overhauled.

Things really started to take shape in April 2005, Apple released Mac OS X v10.4 aka Tiger, this is the longest running OS release to date and was not superseded until 30 months after its release, this is where Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard was introduced. It was obvious that this OS release was a long time coming and pretty much all existing applications had been overhauled, in fact over 300 major changes had been made, its hardware requirements were pretty high, however in return you got great performance and security.

In August 2009 Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard was released, this scrapped support for the PowerPC architecture, this OS X version was designed to be faster, more efficient and really had productivity in mind, that said there were lots of new features such as integrated Microsoft Exchange support added. Like most OS updates Snow Leopard improved existing Apple applications such as Safari, Quicktime, iChat and Finder.

In the summer Apple will release Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, you can see a hands on video here, we wonder if Apple has any major features up their sleeves.

Which version of Mac OS X made you a die-hard Mac fanatic?

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  • Neurotic Nomad

    Left Mac @ System 7.5.1, Returned @ OS X 10.3.5 – The rest is just a 14-year blue-screened blur.

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