Since Apple's start in 1976, it has proven to have historical influence on the computer age. Not only is the story of Apple's start fascinating, but so it the history of its operating system. In the early years, Apple intentionally downplayed even the existence of the OS, operating system, to help make the machine appear more user-friendly. This was the days of MS-DOS which was extremely difficult to use so people would have been turned off by using the Mac OS if they knew it existed. The early systems ran on ROMs and could be stored and transferred through the use of floppy disks.
That seems ancient to us in today's world, where computers aren't even made with floppy disk slots anymore. The earliest versions of the OS were only compatible with the Motorola 68000 Macintoshes until Apple finally introduced the Power PC. The "classic" or original Mac operating system ran from 1984 to 2001 and was considered to be a complete graphical operating system. There were many reasons why the classic operating system needed to be upgraded though. It had horrible memory management and protection and if you tried to network it to another computer or the internet, it would prove to be more of a headache than anything else. After many attempts to upgrade and tweak the operating system into a user friendly and hard working platform, Steve Jobs and the rest of the crew at Apple announced that the Mac operating system X would be released soon.
The new OS X from Mac is much more compatible with add on and scripts now. It is also the base operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch! For a brief time Apple allowed other computer manufacturers to produce clones of the Macintosh computer than would support the Mac operating system. UMAX, Motorola, and Power Computing were some of the more notable manufacturers who ran these clones. However, once Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997 he put an end to the cloning license program. Macs truly have one of the best operating systems known to computers. Macs are highly desired for gamers, designers, artists, and freelancers because of its capabilities to handle software and multiple running applications. The new OS X has proven to be just as rewarding at the classic OS was when it was first released, so it will be nice to see the next system they release after this one tires.