As we shared earlier today, the MacOS operating system – formerly known as Mac OS X – will be 20 years old this Wednesday, March 24, 2021. To celebrate the occasion, none other than Scott Forstall decided to use his Twitter account tonight to congratulate Mac OS X.
In a post on his personal Twitter account, which he does not use often, Forstall celebrates the 20th anniversary of Mac OS X and remembers when Steve Jobs decided on the name of the tenth version of Apple’s operating system.
“I still remember when we called you. In a small room in IL1. When Steve cut a big X on the wall and smiled. Look at how far you have come from a young Cheetah, ”said Forstall. The system was called Mac OS at the time, but Apple had been working on a brand new version that would become Mac OS X.
Many Mac users may remember that the first versions of Mac OS X were named after big cats, but that was only because Apple used “Cheetah”
Scott Forstall has worked for NeXT with Steve Jobs since 1992 and joined Apple in 1997 after the company was acquired. He became an SVP for software at Apple in 2003 and was deeply involved in the development of the iPhone in 2005 – which made Forstall considered “father of iOS”. In 2006, he also took the lead in the development of Mac OS X.
Forstall left Apple in 2012 after the Apple Maps controversy where the company replaced Google Maps with its own map solution, which was considered unfinished and buggy. He was mainly replaced by Craig Federighi, who leads Apple’s software technology to this day.
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