Mac OS X was a series of graphical operating systems developed and marketed by Apple for its Macintosh line of computers. It succeeded the "classic" Mac OS (which dates back to the launch of the original Macintosh in 1984) and NeXTSTEP (which was developed at NeXT after Steve Jobs left Apple). It has since been superseded by macOS, starting with macOS 10.12 "Sierra".
Native PDF support
Mac OS X used a PDF-based imaging model called Quartz. This replaced NeXTSTEP's Display PostScript implementation to avoid royalty fees to Adobe Systems. However, as Mac OS X's use of PDF prioritizes speed and compatibility over features and compression, it is limited to PDF 1.3 (or PDF 1.4 for document "bundles" which contain embedded graphics). Newer PDF files will either display incorrectly or cause a performance hit as Mac OS X will internally downconvert the document for display.
|Mac OS X version||Code name||Release date||Note|
|Mac OS X Server 1.0||Rhapsody||1999-03-16|
|Mac OS X Public Beta||Kodiak||2000-09-13|
|10.4 "Tiger"||Merlot||2005-10-29||Last version to support classic Mac OS apps.|
|10.5 "Leopard"||Chablis||2007-10-26||First version to fully support 64-bit apps (CS4 and later).|
|10.6 "Snow Leopard"||2009-08-28||Last version to support PowerPC apps (CS2 and earlier).|
|10.7 "Lion"||Barolo||2011-07-20||Minimum requirement for first Adobe Creative Cloud app.|
|10.8 "Mountain Lion"||Zinfandel||2012-07-25|
|10.9 "Mavericks"||Cabernet||2013-10-22||Issues with Premiere Pro CS3.|
|10.11 "El Capitan"||Gala||2015-09-30|
|macOS version||Code name||Release date||Note|
|10.13 "High Sierra"||Lobo||2017-09-25||Issues with InDesign CS3, Photoshop CC 2015 and earlier.|
|10.14 "Mojave"||Liberty||2018-09-24||Last version to support 32-bit apps (CS3). Security adjustments may be required.|
|10.15 "Catalina"||Jazz||2019-10-07||No longer supports 32-bit apps.|
|11.0 "Big Sur"||Kalamata||2020-??-??||Begins transition from 64-bit Intel to Apple processors.|
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