Mac OS X Turns Ten Years Old


Yesterday Apple’s Mac OS X celebrated its 10th birthday! Mac OS X 10.0 deputed on March 24, 2001 and had a codename “Cheetah”. That release changed future not only the Mac platform but also the whole company turning it into the second most valuable company in the world. The early days of the platform was far from perfect, but already at that stage Mac OS X was called “tremendous promising”. Ars Technica noted in its extensive review of Mac OS X 10.0.0:

Mac OS X shows tremendous promise, which is a nice way of saying that the 10.0 release is not quite ready for prime time. Interface responsiveness and effective stability are the two biggest fundamental problems, but missing features and compatibility issues rank just as high if you actually intend to use OS X as a full Mac OS 9 replacement: the 10.0 release cannot view DVD movies; printer drivers are still scarce; CD burning is not yet supported, even by Apple's own iTunes CD authoring application; and a lot of hardware seem destined to be orphaned forever.

Mac OS X has obviously come a long way in the ten years since its initial release. The next step in the evolution of platform is implementation of the most popular iOS feature to the Mac platform. The forthcoming Mac OS Lion is to debut this summer and will obviously bring some new really handful features.

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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Friday, March 25, 2011. 11:54

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