January 1, 2003: Want a Mac? You're Getting X

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  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    I wasn't involved in the Mac world during that transition, but it seems like a good amount of time. And more understandable than Apple's current policy that a Mac can not (without a lot of hacking, at least) run versions of the OS from before its release date (e.g. so once Tiger started coming pre-installed, one could no longer easily buy a new computer and run Panther). For home users, that isn't a big deal, but it must be a nightmare for managed settings where there is a twilight period where the software needed is still "broken" on the new OS and the old OS is no longer available if computers need to be replaced.

    I've still always been curious... for managed settings, do Apple outside sales / account people have access to workarounds for this? So that larger install sites can continue to function during OS upgrades?
  3. Lancetx macrumors 68000


    Aug 11, 2003
    This story isn't accurate because I bought my first ever Mac in May 2003 (a then newly revised 1 GHz eMac), and it would still boot natively into either OS 9 or OS X. It wasn't long after that where no new Macs would boot natively into OS 9, but you definitely could still buy new Macs through most of 2003 that still did.
  4. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Yeah, I'm pretty sure that is was actually new models (rather than individual computers) from 2003 onwards that would only boot X.

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