10 years of Mac OS X (March 24, 2011) was the date that the first full public version went on sale worldwide. With many existing Mac users kicking and screaming about the transition from OS 9, the release opened to door to a new group of users considering another look at the ‘second team’ and thinking about giving Mac a try.
I’ve been a way for a little over a week (vacation) and didn’t get a chance to post this on the anniversary day itself, but it’s still something that should be mentioned. 10 years ago, Apple CEO, Steve Jobs announced OS X.
Little did anyone know that Apple, at the time, was planning to open retail locations and introduce the Intel processor a few years later. I’d think that the introduction of OS X, along with other things (such as he iPod and iPhone) were the key ingredients in turning around the ‘losing’ company/brand and turning it into the powerhouse it is today.
While many specialists argue that Windows still dominates the market, I’d say that Apple and OS X have clearly made their mark. I feel that Apple was initially in competition to bring over Windows fan boys to join the ‘revolution’ but eventually grew strong enough that they didn’t have to try to convince Windows die-hards to come over. They did on their own.
Apple’s success can also be contributed to the development of a secure OS. (There hasn’t been a single virus released in the wild that affects OS X) as well as their firm belief on control over the hardware that is used to run their OS. For a long time before OS X, Windows was winning because of how you could get the OS on different hardware configurations and didn’t need to buy “Microsoft machines”, but then there was the issue of compatibility and viruses.
For history sake, in 2001, Google was still just a search engine and Windows was releasing XP SP 2 around the same time. Just ten years later and the Apple tree continues to grow.
The eighth significant release of OS X is coming in a few months, code-named, Lion which will introduce some unifications between the iOS and OS X platforms.
Happy anniversary, OS X.
A complete, more thorough write-up on OS X’s anniversary has been covered nicely on the ComputerWorld website.