What is Mac OS? - Computer Operator System by Apple

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1. What is Mac OS?

Mac OS is an operating system developed by Apple Inc to use in their computers from the desktop PCs and to portable computers. Mac OS is primarily based on Unix like operating systems and Apple developed the OS to become more user friendly with the graphical user interfaces and performance improvements.

Mac OS is used in Laptops to desktop computers manufactures by Apple and works on Intel architectures x86 and x64 platforms. Mac OS doesn't support third party apps which works on the Microsoft Windows operating systems. App developers develop different types of apps to use in the Mac OS with same set of features in the Microsoft Windows OS.

2. History

Mac OS initially known as Macintosh Operating system because it was used in the Apple's Macintosh computers. The macOS which is used currently is initially developed on top of a operating system which was developed by NeXT from 1980s and Apple acquired the company in early 1997.

3. Versions

There were multiple Mac OS versions got released after the beta release of of Mac OS X by Apple Inc.

Mac OS VersionCode NameReleased Date
Mac OS X Public BetaKodiak13th September 2000
Mac OS X 10.0Cheetah24th March 2001
Mac OS X 10.1Puma25th September 2001
Mac OS X 10.2Jaguar23rd August 2002
Mac OS X 10.3Panther24th October 2003
Mac OS X 10.4Tiger29th April 2005
Mac OS X 10.5Leopard26th October 2007
Mac OS X 10.6Snow Leopard28th August 2009
Mac OS X 10.7Lion20th July 2011
OS X 10.8Mountain Lion25th July 2012
OS X 10.9Mavericks22nd October 2013
OS X 10.10Yosemite16th October 2014
OS X 10.11El Capitan8th June 2015
macOS X 10.12Sierra13th June 2016
macOS X 10.13High Sierra5th June 2017
macOS X 10.14Mojave4th June 2018