The Mac has existed in some form since 1984. As of this week Mac OS X, now called macOS, has been around for half of that time.

Here’s Jason Snell, writing for Six Colors:

Here’s a bit of numerology for you. Today marks 17 years, one month, and 29 days since Mac OS X 10.0 was released on March 24, 2001. That’s a strangely odd number—6,269 days—but it also happens to be the exact length of time between January 24, 1984 (the launch of the original Macintosh) and March 24, 2001.

It’s hard to imagine 2001 being that long ago, but I suppose this is why those “want to feel old” memes work so well. Still, for context, here are a few other tech things that happened in 2001:

  • Microsoft releases Windows XP
  • The first XBox hit the market
  • Wikipedia launches
  • Bram Cohen creates BitTorrent
  • Apple releases the iPod, starting a chain of events that would lead to the iPhone and Apple’s second rise to the top of the tech sector.

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It makes you wonder if some huge overhaul of macOS is on the horizon. And who knows? If Apple ditches Intel and integrates iOS features everything really could change. We’ll be watching, but for now here’s to another 17 years.

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