Old Mac OS Versions You’d Totally Forgotten About

As the months and years go by, it’s easy to forget how far technology has come. Consumers used to struggle with text-based operating systems, like Microsoft DOS, before innovative pioneers like Steve Jobs came along and tried to make computing more user-friendly.

As the following infographic shows, Apple played a large part in making computing something that everyone could access. Rather than being in the province of engineers and geeks, Apple made it seem as if anybody could use a computer: and in the end, they were right.

The early versions of Mac OS X were already significantly ahead of the competition. Apple made doing things like browsing the internet, managing music, and uploading files easier than the competition. But what set the company apart was its ability to market its success. The Cupertino-based technology giant wasn’t satisfied with just building great products and releasing them to market: it wanted to prove a point.

The way it did this was simple: consistently set itself up as an advocate for consumers, helping to deliver simple solutions in a marketplace in which people’s needs had been forgotten by other players, like Microsoft.

The PC platform wasn’t sexy then, and it isn’t now. But the Mac has been a style icon since its inception.

The following infographic shows all of the features that Apple added to its Mac OS following the introduction of each code-named update. As you can see, many of the features that users rely on today hadn’t even come into being by the start of the present decade.

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Infographic designed by Setapp charting the evolution of Mac OS