Today is the 20th anniversary of the launch of Mac OS X, and journalists have an interesting piece on the history leading up to it. Jason Snell, a senior journalist at Macworld got so far with his research and said that the new operating system for Mac OS X was an act of desperation by Apple.
The conscience behind that could be that while Apple had set a new vision for personal computers with the launch of Macintosh in 1984, it had lost its track by the late 1990s. As revolutionary as the original Mac was, it was also an early-1980s project that didn’t offer all sorts of features that would become commonplace by the late 1990s.
Mac OS X’s initial release Cheetah was buggy, but despite that, it introduced features that are prevalent in Apple’s Macbook series even today. And while macOS has seen a number of UI and design tweaks that have changed over time, the footprints of Cheetah’s much-hyped Aqua interface can still be found all over Big Sur.
OS X brought many features and technologies that we take for granted now. Mac OS X’s greatest impact in retrospection might be the role it played in instilling a probe up for the latest editions of the iOS. iOS has surpassed the MacOS to become Apple’s most widely used operating system.