A Subjective Rating of OSX / MacOS Versions

2019-02-21 14:39

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This is a text file I have maintained locally on my Mac desktop and/or laptop over a number of years. It encapsulates my bottom-line evaluation of the quality and user experience provided by Apple’s OS versions since I moved to OS X in 2002.

For my money the pinnacle of OS X quality occurred with Snow Leopard. It’s noteworthy that at this time Microsoft was floundering in the self-made morass of Windows Vista, and Apple perceived itself as so far ahead in the OS sweepstakes that it took an entire release off from adding any new features — a 2-year hiatus — and simply improved the speed, fit & finish, and polish of its OS.

In my view quality took a huge hit when Apple began folding iOS features into its desktop / laptop OS — a hit from which it has taken the company 5 years and 5 releases to recover. However, the most recent two releases have seen quality slip again.

rating,
1-10
 ▼  vers.   name            rel. date
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 -   10.0  = Cheetah        2001-03-24
 -   10.1  = Puma           2001-09-25
 6   10.2  = Jaguar         2002-08-23
 5   10.3  = Panther        2003-10-24
 4   10.4  = Tiger          2005-04-29
 5   10.5  = Leopard        2007-10-26
 8   10.6  = Snow Leopard   2009-10-28
 4   10.7  = Lion           2011-07-20  << begin iOS-ification
 5   10.8  = Mountain Lion  2012-07-25
 3   10.9  = Mavericks      2013-10-22
 4   10.10 = Yosemite       2014-10-16
 7   10.11 = El Capitan     2015-10-08
 7   10.12 = Sierra         2016-09-21
 5   10.13 = High Sierra    2017-09-12
 5   10.14 = Mojave         2018-09-24

  

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