Mac OS X - All Versions and Their Released Dates

Written by John Harris, Updated on October 25, 2023

Mac OS X, better known as OS X, was the world’s most advanced and robust operating system. The Unix-based OS X, which runs on exquisite Apple hardware, comes preloaded on all Mac PCs. Mac OS X has an excellent GUI. The Unix core makes it more robust. Mac uses a Hierarchical File System (HFS) file system with enhanced functionality, a B* tree structure file system. It supports large files and uses Unicode for naming files and folder items.

The difference between Mac OS and Mac OS X was Aqua Graphical User Interface. The Aqua interface is based on a water theme incorporated with transparency and reflection features.

List of All Versions of Mac OS X Ever Released

The first version of Mac OS X - Mac OS X Server 1.0 - was released in 1999. This was followed by many other versions as follows:

Version Code Name Date of Release
Mac OS X 10.0 Cheetah 10.0.4 (June 22, 2001)
Mac OS X 10.1 Puma 10.1.5 (June 6, 2002)
Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar 10.2.8 (October 3, 2003)
Mac OS X 10.3 Panther 10.3.9 (April 15, 2005)
Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger 10.4.11 (November 14, 2007)
Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard 10.5.8 (August 5, 2009)
Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard 10.6.8 v1.1 (July 25, 2011)
Mac OS X 10.7 Lion 10.7.4 (May 9, 2012)
Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion DP3 (April 18, 2012)
Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks 10.9.5(July 18, 2016)
Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite 10.10.5(July 19, 2017)
Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan 10.11.6(July 9, 2018)

Later, Apple announced in 2016 that it will be changing the name of its operating system for Mac computers from OS X to macOS. Apple started the change to align the name of the Mac operating system with the operating system of its other products, such as iOS, Apple WatchOS, Apple tvOS, audioOS, iPadOS, etc.

These changes were first implemented with the release of macOS Sierra, version 10.12, on September 26, 2019. Followed by High Sierra, Mojave, Catalina, Big Sur, Monterey, Ventura, and now the latest MacOS Sonoma.

Mac Applications

Mac OS X is both reliable and beautiful. The applications bundled in Mac OS X are high-performance apps. The most liked and popular Mac OS X apps are listed below:

  • iLife - with five applications, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, GarageBand, and iWeb, you can edit, organize, or publish photos, music, and videos.
  • iWork- this suite has all you need to make presentations, word documents, or spreadsheets.
  • Apreture-with the set of brushes, preset, faces, and places, you can turn your photographs into a masterpiece.
  • Final Cut Pro - this video editing tool can support and sync various camera formats. The tool has color effects, adds background audio, inserts or fills gaps, and more.
  • Motion – designed for editors, this tool makes beautiful transitions, titles, and effects.
  • Logic Pro - Logic Pro helps with massive effects and features and provides everything needed to create one’s own music.
  • Mainstage - Mainstage is a Mac OS X application that gives a feel of a live performance. Users can record tracks and create loop recordings.
  • Remote Desktop - the best application to manage the Mac OS X computer on a network.
  • Quick Time Player
  • Compressor

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