Mac OS Evolution: from System 1.0 to Snow Leopard (55 wonderful images)

System 1.0 (1984)

System-1.0

texteditor

1

System 2.0 (1985)

system2

System 3.0 (1986)

system3

3

System 4.0 (1987)

system4

4

System Software 5 (1987)

system7

System Software 6 (1988)

system6

system6

6

System 7 (1991)

system7

7

system7_text

7.5.5

mac7

control

Mac OS 8 (1997)

macos8

macos8_3

macos8_2

8.7

control8

Mac OS 9 (1999)

macos9

9

macoos9

macos_9

browser9

Mac OS X 10.0 “Cheetah” (2001)

system10

Cheetah

10.0

10.0_box

Mac OS X 10.1 “Puma” (2001)

10

puma

explorer101

Mac OS X 10.2 “Jaguar” (2002)

jaguar

jaguar4

jaguar

jaguar_control

mac_splash

10.2

Mac OS X 10.3 “Panther” (2003)

panther

panther_text

itunes

10.3

Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger” (2005)

tiger

tiger

tiger_box

Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” (2007)

leopard

leopard_box

Mac OS X v10.6 “Snow Leopard” (2009)

snow_leopard

snow

snow_box

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30 comments

    You should have had Nextstep versions alongside mac os versions from system 6 on. The major OSes from NeXT were: Nextstep 3.3, Openstep 4.0, 4.5, then it was Rhapsody, then Mac OS X Server, then Mac OS X, etc, etc.

    Mac os x is a direct descendant of nextstep, many (most?) of the functions are even preceded by NS_ and the os is in many ways just a refinement of ideas originally taken shape in 1987 and 1988.

    Beautiful pictures!
    I just started with the latest OS 10.4 and now I’m using 10.6. I do also have a wonderful vintage Mac – a Macintosh Performa 5200 with OS 8. And even using the OS 8 system today makes me amazed and facinated. I do love every system of the Apple-machinery!

    Wow. Less than 50% of your site’s fixed width design goes to the *actual content* here? This is painful. Skipped to the comment section, not bothering to read your content or ads which you obviously want to prioritize.

    Well, i’m sorry to read this but it’s an “inspirational” blog (like a photoblog) and a redesign is coming soon (that will be much better).
    If you like the topics…stay tuned, you will have a nice surpirse ;)

    Mac OS 8.7 is, by far, the most attractive screenshot, and clearly reflects author’s ability to play with screenshots.

    I can not find the words to express my gratitude to Francesco Mugnai for this beautiful work of conservation. You allow me to see my screen 90s, while I was working on an Apple Classic with the 6.0 system – I remember my first editing software: Aldus Page Maker, my favorite game: shuffle P (ping pong)

    Francesco Mugnai, bravo! you brought me back in my first LOVE

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