Happy Eleventh Birthday, Mac OS X!

Mac OS X or OS X as Apple calls it now is celebrating its 11th birthday today. The first version of Mac OS X (a.k.a. Cheetah) was released to the public on March 24, 2001. Coincidentally, March 24, 2001 was also a Saturday.

Apple has gone from being a perennial underdog to technology giant in those 11 years.

Apple’s Share Price and Market Cap on March 24, 2001 was $11.50, $15.92 biilion dollars (US) and Apple’s Share Price and Market Cap as of March 23, 2012, $596.05, $555.7 Billion dollars (US) respectively. 

Apple’s phenomenal growth in the past 11 years has been largely due to populatity of iDevices like the iPad, iPhone and the iPad but people tend to underestimate the importance of Mac OS X. Mac OS X spawned the existence of iOS, So without Mac OS X there would be no iPhone and iPad.

Is Apple meting out step motherly treatment to Mac OS X?  Will iOS and Mac OS merge in the future? Well, i don’t know the answer to those questions. For now, i just want to celebrate the existence of Mac OS X. I want to thank people who helped create Mac OS X and i want to thank all the people who’ve worked on the different versions of the OS over the years. 

A Very Brief History of Mac OS X:

Apple Unveils Max OS X on January 5th, 2000 at Macworld Expo in San Francisco

Mac OS X v10.0 (a.k.a Cheetah)

- Public Release: March 24, 2001

- Press Release

- John Siracusa's In-depth Review

Mac OS X v10.1 (a.k.a. Puma) 

- Public Release: Spetember 25, 2001

- Press Release

John Siracusa's In-depth Review

Mac OS X v10.2 (a.k.a. Jaguar)

- Public Release: August 24, 2002

- Press Release

- Official Website

John Siracusa's In-depth Review

Mac OS X v10.3 (a.k.a Panther)

- Public Release: October 24, 2003

- Official Website

- Press Release

John Siracusa's In-depth Review

Mac OS X v10.4 (a.k.a. Tiger)

- Public Release: April 29, 2005

- Press Release

- Official Website

John Siracusa's In-depth Review

- Apple Announces Intel Transition on June 6, 2005

- Mac OS 10.4.4 (codenamed Marklar) becomes the First Mac OS X version to run on an Intel based Mac.

How ‘Marklar’ OS X on Intel owes its start to a one-year-old boy

- Tiger was the Longest Running Version of Mac OS X. Its reign lasted from April 2005 to October 2007 (Roughly 30 months).

Mac OS X v10.5 (a.k.a. Leopard)

- Public Release: October 26, 2007

- Press Release

- Official Website

John Siracusa's In-depth Review

Mac OS X v10.6 (a.k.a. Snow Leopard)

- Public Release: August 28, 2009

- Press Release

- Official Website

John Siracusa's In-depth Review

Mac OS X v10.7 (a.k.a. Lion)

- Public Release: July 20, 2011

- Mac OS X Lion becomes the first Mac OS X version to be released on the Mac App Store as a digital download. 

- Press Release

- Official Website

John Siracusa's In-depth Review

Mac OS X v10.8 (a.k.a Mountain Lion)

- Public Release: Sometime in the Summer of 2012

- Pre-release Press Release

- Official Website

- Phil Schiller Talks Mountain Lion with Daring Fireball’s John Gruber

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