The History of OS X

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At Monday’s WWDC 18 Keynote address, Apple announced and previewed the next version of the Mac operating system which is version 10.14, and will be called Mojave.

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.  Here is 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 what we considered the major highlights of each version.

Version NumberVersion NameDate AnnouncedDate ReleasedPriceMajor Enhancements
10.0Cheetah1/5/20003/24/2001$129Aqua Interface
Dock
Terminal
Mail
Address Book
Text Edit
10.1Puma7/18/20019/25/2001$129CD Burning
Customizable Dock
3rd Party Peripheral Support
10.2Jaguar7/17/20028/23/2002$129Finder with Built-In Search
iChat
Mail with Junk Filter
10.3Panther6/23/200310/24/2003$129Expose
Font Book
iChat AV
Safari
Updated Finder
10.4Tiger6/28/20044/29/2005$129Automator
Dashboard
iChat with multi-video and audio
Safari RSS
Spotlight
VoiceOver
10.5Leopard8/7/200610/26/2007$1293D Dock with Stacks
Boot Camp
Cover Flow
Quick Look
Spaces
Time Machine
10.6Snow Leopard6/9/20098/28/2009$16964-bit
Grand Central Dispatch
OpenCL
10.7Lion10/20/20107/20/2011$29.99 - Download
$69.99 - USB Flash Drive
Full Screen Apps
Launchpad
Mac App Store
Mission Control
Multi-Touch
Resume and Auto Save
10.8Mountain Lion2/16/20127/25/2012$19.99Airplay
Dictation
Facebook and Twitter Integration
Game Center
Gatekeeper
iCloud
Messages
Notes
Notification Center
Reminders
10.9Mavericks6/10/201310/22/2013FreeFinder Tabs
iBooks
iCloud Keychain
Maps
Multiple Display Support
Tags
10.10Yosemite6/2/201410/16/2014FreeContinuity
iCloud Drive
Handoff
10.11El Capitan6/8/20159/30/2015FreeMuti-Touch Gesture Support
Split View
Spotlight Improvements
10.12Sierra6/13/20169/20/2016FreeNow called macOS
Siri on the Desktop
Universal Clipboard
Unlock with Apple Watch
10.13High Sierra6/5/20179/25/2017FreeApple File System
HEVC
Metal 2
Virtual Reality Support
10.14Mojave6/4/20189/24/2018FreeDark Mode
Desktop Stacks
Enhancements to Quick Look
Redesigned Mac App Store
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How long have you been using a Mac and what were your favorite enhancements since the early days of OS X?  Why not join the conversation and leave a comment below

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