October 23, 1999: Mac OS 9 Released

by Chris Seibold Oct 23, 2010

OS 9 was the last iteration of Apple's Classic Mac OS and it had users excited.

What was so great about OS 9? Things that Mac users take for granted today made their first appearance in OS 9. The list includes: automatic software updates, multiple accounts, and password key chaining.

Steve Jobs pitched OS 9 as the best "internet OS ever" but users of Mac clones were left out, OS 9 was a "Made by Apple" affair. OS 9 was released on October 23, 1999.


  • Ok I understand that OS9 was a big deal but how is it bigger than the iPod being released on this date? I defintely think this article should have been about the iPod being released instead of OS9 being released.

    drumpat01 had this to say on Oct 23, 2006 Posts: 2
  • I concur. I suspect a mix up in the database. On the original it was iPod on the 23rd, OS 9 on the 24th. Likely tomorrow will be the ipod story. But the iPod was introduced today in 2001. I think it has worked out okay for Apple

    Chris Seibold had this to say on Oct 23, 2006 Posts: 354
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