This section is for tutorials on all Apple laptop and desktop computers.

Which version of OSX am I running?

Apple has been releasing versions of OS X since 2000, and while most people aren’t as familiar with Apple's OS X releases as Microsoft’s Windows we’re going to give you a list from OS X 10.5 (Leopard) on to the latest OS X 10.10 (Yosemite).

 

To find out which version of OS X you are running click the Apple logo in the top left corner and click on "About This Mac". Once the new window opens it will tell you which version you are running underneath the Apple logo.

 

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard

OS X 10.5 leopard desktop

Mac OS X 10.5 (A.K.A. Leopard) was released on October 26th, 2007. It was the first of the OS X systems that ran on an Intel processor. Most of the first generation MacBooks ran on Leopard.

 

Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard desktop

Mac OS X 10.6 (A.K.A. Snow Leopard) was released on August 28th, 2009. While it appears very similar to Leopard it actually runs quicker and has updated version of Finder. Along with the release of Snow Leopard support for PowerPC was dropped.

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

OS X 10.7 Lion desktop

Mac OS X 10.7 (A.K.A. Lion) was released on July 20th, 2011. This version of OS X brought about many intuitive changes, like a simpler view in “About This Mac”, new keyboard command features and trackpad gestures. This release was also the first to incorporate iCloud functions like Find My Mac and updated security features.

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

OS X 10.8 MOUNTIAN LION DESKTOP

OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) was released on July 25th, 2012. This version of OS X included features that would more commonly be found on the iOS operating systems (iOS meaning what iPhones and iPads run on) such as: Notes, Reminders and iMessage capability to the Apple computers.

OS X 10.9 Mavericks

OS X 10.9 MAVERICKS DESKTOP

OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) was released on October 22nd, 2013. This update brought more commonly known iOS features to the computers like iBooks and Maps. This update was also the first to be available for free.

OS X 10.10 Yosemite

OS X 10.10 YOSEMITE DESKTOP

OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) was announced on June 2nd, 2014. This update brings big changes to the look of OS X by using flatter icon styles, a change in system font and transparency in the windows of different applications. Functions like Spotlight were improved upon and it allows more communication options between other Apple devices.

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