We often here from people new to the Mac how impressed they are with macOS and how feature rich it is. But those of us that have been loyal to the Mac for a long time knows it didn’t start out that way. With this week’s release of macOS 10.15 Catalina, we thought it would be a good time to take a look back with a brief history of OS X with the major highlights of how it got to where it is today. Apple obviously packs a lot more into each version than what we listed here but these are some of the major highlights.
History of OS X
|Version Number||Version Name||Date Announced||Date Released||Price||Major Enhancements|
3rd Party Peripheral Support
|10.2||Jaguar||7/17/2002||8/23/2002||$129||Finder with Built-In Search
Mail with Junk Filter
iChat with multi-video and audio
|10.5||Leopard||8/7/2006||10/26/2007||$129||3D Dock with Stacks
Grand Central Dispatch
|10.7||Lion||10/20/2010||7/20/2011||$29.99 - Download|
$69.99 - USB Flash Drive
|Full Screen Apps
Mac App Store
Resume and Auto Save
Facebook and Twitter Integration
Multiple Display Support
|10.11||El Capitan||6/8/2015||9/30/2015||Free||Muti-Touch Gesture Support
|10.12||Sierra||6/13/2016||9/20/2016||Free||Now called macOS
Siri on the Desktop
Unlock with Apple Watch
|10.13||High Sierra||6/5/2017||9/25/2017||Free||Apple File System
Virtual Reality Support
Enhancements to Quick Look
Redesigned Mac App Store
|10.15||Catalina||6/3/2019||10/7/2019||Free||iTunes has been split into three separate apps.
Updated Photos app
Updated Reminders app
Introduction of "Sidecar"
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This article was originally published as “The History of OS X” on June 6, 2018. The content has changed to reflect more up-to-date information and will no longer appear under the prior publication date.