The end of an era

macOS-SierraToronto. In late summer 2007, I bought into the Apple iMac mystery with OS X 10.4 (Tiger). Before then, I had moved from the dying Amiga to Windows 95.

I began using Windows with 3.11 for work groups. After the very capable multitasking Amiga, Windows 3.11 and 95 were simply terrible. After Windows 98 came Windows ME. I thought Windows ME would solve my lack of updates to Windows 98, but ME refused to load without forcing me to reformat my drive and re-installing everything on it – files, applications, updates to applications, etc. Literally hours and hours of work because Microsoft Windows ME refused to install correctly over Windows 98 for me.

That and the incessant slowing of each computer I bought and the need for system slowing anti-virus software drove me in disgust to search for a different system.

I moved to Apple, that summer and never looked back. I updated the OS X each time a new release was announced. Finally my iMac, now almost nine years old, began to show signs of its age. Under the current version of OS X called El Capitan, my system is slower to open files and applications but still usable. This past Monday, Apple announced that OS X would be called macOS when its new iteration Sierra is released this fall.

A day or two later I saw on another blog that Apple had announced that the oldest iMac able to run macOS Sierra was made in the fall of 2009 – two years newer than my iMac. This announcement also affects Photographic Canadiana editor Robert Lansdale and PHSC co-founder John Linsky since all three of us bought iMacs in the late summer of 2007.

When mac OS 9 was to be updated, the Unix based NeXT operating system, created by Steve Jobs and his company, was bought by Apple and became OS X. For eleven major upgrades, the name OS X was retained by Apple and each release was named for a famous cat and more recently a California location. After OS  X 10.11 El Capitan, there was much speculation OS X would be renamed as macOS in keeping with tvOS, watchOS, and iOS (which powers iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices). This was made official when OS 10.12 was previewed as macOS Sierra.

I don’t see any reason to upgrade my iMac and move to Sierra at this time, other than to stay current. I know all too well that as we fall behind, at some point the decision to stay with an outdated release will cause us to lose the ability to run programs or devices we depend upon.


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