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Today, Apple should be cutting a big ol’ cake for their ten-year-old operating system. This is the beautifully designed, sturdy, safe, and easy-to-use OS that caused many of us to switch. Apple’s hardware is sleek and gorgeous, no doubt, but it’s the internal workings that really make Apple soar beyond the Windows-ridden PCs, despite the fact that you can usually spot traces or technically attempts by Microsoft to imitate Apple’s OS (e.g., Tiger for Vista and Leopard for 7). Even still, Apple’s operating system remains the best on the market.
My personal story began in 2005. I used a Compaq laptop at the time with Windows XP of course. Well, after repeated blue screens (dead horse beating), immense lag, and the loss of many hours of work that I put into my Greek exegetical papers, I decided enough was enough. That summer I received the magical 12” PowerBook G4. It came installed with Tiger (10.4), missing Panther (10.3) only by months. I was blown away. Since then, I’ve never wanted to look back. In fact, during my time at Apple, I was able to be a part of the release of Leopard (10.5) in 2007. Now I have Snow Leopard (10.6) installed and am eagerly awaiting Lion (10.7) which will be released this summer. I’ve yet to be disappointed. Thanks Apple for your wonderful cats!
Cheetah (10.0) - March 24, 2001
Puma (10.1) - September 25, 2001
Jaguar (10.2) - August 24, 2002
Panther (10.3) - October 24, 2003
Tiger (10.4) - April 29, 2005
Leopard (10.5) - October 26, 2007
Snow Leopard (10.6) - August 28, 2009
Lion (10.7) - Coming Soon!
TUAW has posted videos of each of the releases (save Puma) which show the evolution of OS X: http://www.tuaw.com/2011/03/24/happy-10th-birthday-os-x/ . They’re worth watching, so take a look at a great heritage!