As the Apple soul Mac OS X turns 10, let’s look back at the historical 10 years of its development.
The importance of the day March 24 can well be understood when ten years back on the same day Steve Jobs and his co-workers had developed a new operating system which powered all the Macintosh computers. One of the main causes of Apple’s restored success was the Mac OS X. Apple is indebted to Steve Jobs who’s return after a lengthy absence transformed the Macintosh PCs.
The Mac OS X derived itself from the NeXTSTEP OS that had been developed by Steve Jobs start-up company NeXT Inc. that he founded after his forced resignation from the Apple computers. As the Apple computers started facing bankruptcy danger in 1997, then company Chief Gil Amelio, called in Steve Jobs and purchased his company NeXT Inc. which had developed very advanced operating system which became the foundation ground for the Mac OS X.
Transformation from Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X
The Mac OS X entered in the market as a game changer for the Apple computers. The older OS 9 was begging to compete with the large market mansions of Windows operating system. Then entered the Mac OS X, a transition from Mac OS 9’s sharp contrasts to the flashy aqua theme of the Mac OS X with the addition of the dock. The new system was based on the new Object-Oriented architecture and revealed the options like storage protection- important for security and stability, and the pre-emptive multitasking, which helped the operating system to manage work on individual operations simultaneously.
Spreading the wings
For the next five years, Apple, under Steve’s guidance, kept slogging over porting NeXTSTEP to Apple’s then PowerPC architecture, but also continued to work on developing Intel Port and the OpenStep toolkit for Windows, compiling each version on both the PowerPC and the Intelx86 architectures, getting ready for Apple’s big leap. June 6, 2005 saw the announcement of Apple’s future basing of its systems on Intel processors, the big transition from PowerPC to Intel completed by August 2006. Meanwhile, it also started developing the version of OS X supporting the ARM processors that it would use in its iPhone products, and eventually the iPads too.
The Story So Far!
The 10 years journey of Mac OS X, unveiled many versions of its OS X, which are popularly bearing the “big cat” convention. Every Mac OS X version bears the name of a big cat.
Starting from the first version, Mac OS X Cheetah to the latest version Mac OS X Snow Leopard, every version added beneficial applications to its predecessor. The Mac OS X Cheetah which revolutionized the entire industry with its 350 applications including iMovie2 and iTunes.
Following it, Mac OS X 10.1 Puma not only fulfil the requirements for the enhanced performance but also upgraded support for digital media and devices.
The Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar incorporated 150 new features and applications like iChat, junk mail filtering and Rendezvous networking technology. Thus, Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard reformed the Mac OS X with a polished and more easy user interface. Rolling out Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Apple disclosed the best built-in applications and utilities in any other operating system.
Apple has more to offer from its bag, the next version Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. Borrowing much from the iOS, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion offers features like AirDrop, wireless file sharing utility; a redesigned mailing application Resume; Autosave, which does what its name suggest, saving documents automatically. Mac OS X, though not as recognised as windows, offers wide range of applications making the system more stable. An operating system that has the power to hook the users towards itself with just one time experience.
Wishing Mac OS X all success for the next decade.