Mac OS X : 20 years of continuous evolution

So far Mac OS X is completing 20 years of continuous evolution and indeed this Apple software over the last two decades has undergone several changes. Mac OS X was however that operating system where it literally saved the company since it was almost on the verge of collapse.

The first unveiling of Mac OS X took place in January 2000 during the Macworld Expo and even then during Steve Jobs’ speech had talked about an operating system where it would excite consumers with its simplicity but at the same time impress professionals with the possibilities where it had.

The user interface called Aqua was accompanied by the now well-known Dock, allowing easy access to applications and documents, including the revamped Finder, for file management. Of course, Aqua was carved into people’s memory thanks to its -classic, now – appearance, which included transparent bars and keys.

Other important features that Apple’s operating system had were the advanced power management since it allowed e-books and PowerBooks to automatically recover from sleep mode. The Quartz 2D engine also offers stunning graphics and many font options. The new software, which was based on Apple’s “Darwin” operating system, also offered support for many of the existing Mac OS applications.

But the first acquaintance of Mac OS X with the public was not all roses since the operating system was somewhat unstable with some important issues that needed to be addressed. Apple made another name change in 2013, with the release of OS X Mavericks, the first version of the Mac OS X that wasn’t named after a large feline.

The macOS Big Sur was Apple’s biggest design upgrade for macOS since the Mac OS X era, as it made a general renewal, from curves at the edges of windows to colors and icon design in the dock. Apple’s goal with this redesign was to provide a fresh and at the same time intimate feel


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