Classic Mac OS Design Evolution

Mac OS System 1 (1984)

Mac OS System 1 welcome screen (1984)

Mac OS System 1 welcome screen (1984)
Source: uwa.edu.au

Mac OS System 1 welcome screen (1984)

Mac OS System 1 welcome screen (1984)
Source: uwa.edu.au

Mac OS System 1 desktop (1984)

Mac OS System 1 desktop (1984)
Source: wikipedia.org

Mac OS System 1 desktop (1984)

Mac OS System 1 desktop (1984)
Source: Version Museum

Mac OS System 1 Finder (1984)

Mac OS System 1 Finder (1984)
Source: Version Museum

Mac OS System 1 Control Panel (1984)

Mac OS System 1 Control Panel (1984)
Source: Version Museum

Mac OS System 1 system error bomb (1984)

Mac OS System 1 system error bomb (1984)
Source: uwa.edu.au

Mac OS System 1 Sad Mac (1984)

Mac OS System 1 Sad Mac (1984)
Source: uwa.edu.au

Lode Runner game (1984)

Lode Runner game (1984)
Source: archive.org

Airborne game (1984)

Airborne game (1984)
Source: archive.org

Mac OS System 3 (1986)

Mac OS System 3 welcome screen (1986)

Mac OS System 3 welcome screen (1986)
Source: lowendmac.com

Mac OS System 3 desktop (1986)

Mac OS System 3 desktop (1986)
Source: apple.fandom.com

Mac OS System 3 Finder (1986)

Mac OS System 3 Finder (1986)
Source: Emanon Adespoton

Mac OS System 3 Scrapbook (1986)

Mac OS System 3 Scrapbook (1986)
Source: Emanon Adespoton

Mac OS System 3 Control Panel (1986)

Mac OS System 3 Control Panel (1986)
Source: Emanon Adespoton

Risk game (1986)

Risk game (1986)
Source: hampa.ch

Dark Castle game (1986)

Dark Castle game (1986)
Source: archive.org

Dark Castle game (1986)

Dark Castle game (1986)
Source: archive.org

Mac OS System 4 (1987)

Mac OS System 4 desktop with Finder open (1987)

Mac OS System 4 desktop with Finder open (1987)
Source: apple.fandom.com

Mac OS System 4 desktop and Finder (1987) (1987)

Mac OS System 4 desktop and Finder (1987) (1987)
Source: macintoshrepository.org

Mac OS System 4 Control Panel (1987)

Mac OS System 4 Control Panel (1987)
Source: Emanon Adespoton

Mac OS System 4 shutdown screen (1987)

Mac OS System 4 shutdown screen (1987)
Source: Emanon Adespoton

Apache Strike game (1987)

Apache Strike game (1987)
Source: macintoshrepository.org

Tetris game (1987)

Tetris game (1987)
Source: myabandonware.com

Beyond Dark Castle game (1987)

Beyond Dark Castle game (1987)
Source: myabandonware.com

Mac OS System 6 (1988)

Mac OS System 6 desktop (1988)

Mac OS System 6 desktop (1988)
Source: apple.fandom.com

Mac OS System 6 desktop (1988)

Mac OS System 6 desktop (1988)
Source: osxdaily.com

Mac OS System 6 desktop showing system map (1988)

Mac OS System 6 desktop showing system map (1988)
Source: spiria.com

Mac OS System 6 Finder (1988)

Mac OS System 6 Finder (1988)
Source: earlymacintosh.org

Mac OS System 6 Control Panel (1988)

Mac OS System 6 Control Panel (1988)
Source: applefool.com

Mac OS System 7 - Colors At Last! (1991)

Mac OS System 7 welcome screen, now with color (1991)

Mac OS System 7 welcome screen, now with color (1991)
Source: mac-history.net

Mac OS System 7 Control Panel, Note Pad, Puzzle, and Key Caps (1991)

Mac OS System 7 Control Panel, Note Pad, Puzzle, and Key Caps (1991)
Source: winworldpc.com

Mac OS System 7 Chooser, Calculator, and Scrapbook (1991)

Mac OS System 7 Chooser, Calculator, and Scrapbook (1991)
Source: winworldpc.com

Mac OS System 7 desktop (1991)

Mac OS System 7 desktop (1991)
Source: apple.fandom.com

Mac OS System 7.1 desktop (1991)

Mac OS System 7.1 desktop (1991)
Source: apple.fandom.com

Mac OS System 7.5 (1994)

Mac OS System 7.5 welcome screen (1994)

Mac OS System 7.5 welcome screen (1994)
Source: Version Museum

Mac OS System 7.5 About This Macintosh Dialog, System Folder, and Note Pad (1994)

Mac OS System 7.5 About This Macintosh Dialog, System Folder, and Note Pad (1994)
Source: Version Museum

Mac OS System 7.5 Jigsaw Puzzle and Desktop Pattern Switcher (1994)

Mac OS System 7.5 Jigsaw Puzzle and Desktop Pattern Switcher (1994)
Source: Version Museum

Mac OS System 7.5 Control Panels (1994)

Mac OS System 7.5 Control Panels (1994)
Source: Version Museum

Mac OS System 7.5 General Controls (1994)

Mac OS System 7.5 General Controls (1994)
Source: Version Museum

Mac OS 8 (1997)

Apple dropped the word System from the OS starting with version 8.

Mac OS 8 welcome screen (1997)

Mac OS 8 welcome screen (1997)
Source: winworldpc.com

Mac OS 8 About This Computer (1997)

Mac OS 8 About This Computer (1997)
Source: winworldpc.com

Mac OS 8 Control Panels (1997)

Mac OS 8 Control Panels (1997)
Source: apple.fandom.com

Mac OS 8.1 desktop running Internet Explorer (1998)

Mac OS 8.1 desktop running Internet Explorer (1998)
Source: wikipedia.org

Mac OS 8.1 About This Computer (1998)

Mac OS 8.1 About This Computer (1998)
Source: toastytech.com

Mac OS 8.1 Info Center (1998)

Mac OS 8.1 Info Center (1998)
Source: toastytech.com

Mac OS 8.1 Window Appearance Settings (1998)

Mac OS 8.1 Window Appearance Settings (1998)
Source: toastytech.com

Mac OS 9 (1999)

Mac OS 9 welcome screen (1999)

Mac OS 9 welcome screen (1999)
Source: Shiunbird

Mac OS 9 welcome screen (1999)

Mac OS 9 welcome screen (1999)
Source: arpang.blogspot.com

Mac OS 9 Setup Screen: Guide to Using the Internet (1999)

Mac OS 9 Setup Screen: Guide to Using the Internet (1999)
Source: Shiunbird

Mac OS 9 Apple Menu (1999)

Mac OS 9 Apple Menu (1999)
Source: wikipedia.org

Mac OS 9 Desktop with apps (1999)

Mac OS 9 Desktop with apps (1999)
Source: inetdaemon.com

Mac OS 9.2 Desktop with apps (2001)

Mac OS 9.2 Desktop with apps (2001)
Source: arstechnica.com

Mac OS 9 System Folder (1999)

Mac OS 9 System Folder (1999)
Source: apple.fandom.com

Mac OS 9.2 Sherlock 2 Search (2001)

Mac OS 9.2 Sherlock 2 Search (2001)
Source: winworldpc.com

Mac OS 9.2 About This Computer (2001)

Mac OS 9.2 About This Computer (2001)
Source: macos9lives.com

Next: Mac OS X

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