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: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 1 welcome screen (1984)

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

Mac OS System 1 empty desktop (1984)

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

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: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 1 Finder (1984)

Mac OS System 1 Finder (1984)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 1 Control Panel (1984)

Mac OS System 1 Control Panel (1984)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

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: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 3 empty desktop (1986)

Mac OS System 3 empty desktop (1986)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 3 desktop (1986)

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

Mac OS System 3 desktop (1986)

Mac OS System 3 desktop (1986)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 3 Finder (1986)

Mac OS System 3 Finder (1986)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 3 Control Panel (1986)

Mac OS System 3 Control Panel (1986)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

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 (1987)

Mac OS System 4 desktop (1987)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 4 empty desktop (1987)

Mac OS System 4 empty desktop (1987)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 4 Finder, which was not updated to say System 4 (1987)

Mac OS System 4 Finder, which was not updated to say System 4 (1987)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 4 Control Panel (1987)

Mac OS System 4 Control Panel (1987)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 4 shutdown screen (1987)

Mac OS System 4 shutdown screen (1987)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

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: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 7 empty desktop (1991)

Mac OS System 7 empty desktop (1991)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 7 desktop (1991)

Mac OS System 7 desktop (1991)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 7 Control Panel (1991)

Mac OS System 7 Control Panel (1991)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 7 General Controls (1991)

Mac OS System 7 General Controls (1991)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 7 installation screen (1991)

Mac OS System 7 installation screen (1991)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 7 installation complete (1991)

Mac OS System 7 installation complete (1991)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 7.5 (1994)

Mac OS System 7.5 welcome screen (1994)

Mac OS System 7.5 welcome screen (1994)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 7.5 desktop (1994)

Mac OS System 7.5 desktop (1994)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 7.5 desktop (1994)

Mac OS System 7.5 desktop (1994)
Source: fandom.com

Mac OS System 7.5 Control Panel (1994)

Mac OS System 7.5 Control Panel (1994)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 7.5 General Controls (1994)

Mac OS System 7.5 General Controls (1994)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 7.5 installation screen (1994)

Mac OS System 7.5 installation screen (1994)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 8 (1997)

Mac OS System 8 welcome screen (1997)

Mac OS System 8 welcome screen (1997)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 8 desktop (1997)

Mac OS System 8 desktop (1997)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 8 desktop running Internet Explorer (1997)

Mac OS System 8 desktop running Internet Explorer (1997)
Source: wikipedia.org

Mac OS System 8 desktop (1997)

Mac OS System 8 desktop (1997)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 8 Finder (1997)

Mac OS System 8 Finder (1997)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 8 Control Panel (1997)

Mac OS System 8 Control Panel (1997)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 8 General Controls (1997)

Mac OS System 8 General Controls (1997)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 8 installation screen (1997)

Mac OS System 8 installation screen (1997)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 9 (1999)

Mac OS System 9 welcome screen (1999)

Mac OS System 9 welcome screen (1999)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 9 welcome screen (1999)

Mac OS System 9 welcome screen (1999)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 9 desktop (1999)

Mac OS System 9 desktop (1999)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 9 desktop (1999)

Mac OS System 9 desktop (1999)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 9 desktop (1999)

Mac OS System 9 desktop (1999)
Source: macos9lives.com

Mac OS System 9 Finder (1999)

Mac OS System 9 Finder (1999)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 9 Finder (1999)

Mac OS System 9 Finder (1999)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 9 Control Panel (1999)

Mac OS System 9 Control Panel (1999)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 9 General Controls (1999)

Mac OS System 9 General Controls (1999)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 9 Sherlock 2 Search (1999)

Mac OS System 9 Sherlock 2 Search (1999)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Mac OS System 9 installation screen (1999)

Mac OS System 9 installation screen (1999)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

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