Getting to know your Mac: Are you a big cat or are you from California?

OS X version in Mac

10.6? 10.8? Snow Leopard? Lion? Mavericks? It is important to know what OS X version you have in your Mac. In this article, we explain how to know it, the history of the names and how they correspond with version numbers.

How do I know what OS X version I have?

OS X is the operating system in Mac computers. To know what OS X version you have in your Mac:

  1. Click on the apple icon, at the top left corner of the screen.
  2. Click on “About This Mac”.
  3. You will see the version number just below “OS X”. For example, “10.9.2” or “10.6.8”.
How to know the OS X version you have in your Mac

Are you a big cat or are you from California

In 2001, Apple released the 10.0 version of their operating system, known since then as OS X. It also began the tradition of naming every different version after big wild cats, starting with Cheetah. It was followed by Puma (10.1), Jaguar (10.2), Panther (10.3), Tiger (10.4) and Leopard (10.5).

In 2009, OS X 10.6 was released with the name of Snow Leopard. In 2011 OS X 10.7, named Lion, came on the scene.

Finally, in 2012, OS X 10.8 appeared, named Mountain Lion and being the last wild cat.

After running out of big cat names, Apple breaks with this tradition, and last year, by mid-2013, releases OS X 10.9 naming it Mavericks.

The Mavericks name is due to a famous surfing spot in northern California, being one of the most dangerous breakers in North America. It is expected that Apple will keep turning to names from California locations for future versions.

The funny thing is, after more than ten years with big cat names, the Mavericks name was in fact originated by a German Shepherd. In the 60s, three surfers decided to try the waves at that place. They were always accompanied by their dog, a white German Shepherd named Maverick, and they decided to refer to that surf destination as Mavericks in honor of their faithful friend.

Haven't you tamed your Mac yet?

In future articles we will explain how to do the daily common tasks in your Mac, with a practical approach.

You may have a Mac at work and you may not have got used to it. Or you may have just bought one for personal use and you have not adapted to the change yet after years using Windows. In any case, in Blurbiness® Blog you will be able to learn little by little. We are convinced once you have learnt to do the things with your Mac, you will not miss how you did them in Windows.

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