System Software Version History

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Article Created: 6 Jun 1994
Article Reviewed/Updated: 2 August 1994  


TOPIC ----------------------------------------------------------- 

This article contains a history of all the Macintosh System 
Software versions.

DISCUSSION ------------------------------------------------------ 

Listed below is a table containing all of the version numbers for 
all Macintosh System Software releases. Beneath the table is a 
brief description of the changes that were made with each 
successive release of the System Software. 

                                System     Finder     MultiFinder   LaserWriter
System Software Release         Version    Version    Version       Version
-----------------------         -------    -------    -----------   ----------- 
Mac System Software               1.0        1.0        N/A             N/A 
Mac System Software (0.1)         2.0        1.1g       N/A             N/A    
Mac System Software (0.3 & 0.5)   2.0        4.1        N/A             N/A   
Mac System Software (0.7)         3.0        5.1        N/A             N/A    
System Software 1.0               3.1        5.2        N/A             1.1    
System Software 1.1               3.2        5.3        N/A             3.1   
System Software 2.0               3.3        5.4        N/A             3.1   
System Software 2.0.1             4.0        5.4        N/A             3.3
System Software 2.0.1             4.1        5.5        N/A             4.0   
System Software 5.0               4.2        6.0        1.0             5.0    
System Software 5.1               4.3        6.0        1.0             5.1    
System Software 6.0               6.0        6.1        6.0             5.2    
System Software 6.0.1             6.0.1      6.1.1      6.0.1           5.2   
System Software 6.0.2             6.0.2      6.1        6.0.1           5.2   
System Software 6.0.3             6.0.3      6.1        6.0.3           5.2   
System Software 6.0.4             6.0.4      6.1.4      6.0.4           5.2   
System Software 6.0.5             6.0.5      6.1.5      6.0.5           5.2 
System Software 6.0.6             6.0.6      6.1.6      6.0.6           5.2 
System Software 6.0.7             6.0.7      6.1.7      6.0.7           5.2   
System Software 6.0.8             6.0.8      6.1.8      6.0.8           7.0 
System Software 7.0               7.0        7.0        Built-In*       7.0   
System Software 7.0.1             7.0.1      7.0.1      Built-In*       7.0   
System Software 7.0.1P            7.0.1P     7.0.1P     Built-In*       7.0 
System Software 7.1               7.1        7.1        Built-In*       7.1.2 
System Software 7.1P**            7.1P       7.1P       Built-In*       7.1.2 
System Software 7.1.1 (Pro)       7.1.1      7.1.3      Built-In*       7.1.2 
System Software 7.1.1             7.1.1      7.1.3      Built-In*       7.1.2 
System Software 7.1.2             7.1.2      7.1.4      Built-In*       7.1.2 
System Software 7.1.2P            7.1.2      7.1.4      Built-In*       7.1.2 
System Software 7.5               7.5        7.1.4      Built-In*       7.2 
                                                                        & 8.1.1     
 
*  Beginning with System 7.0, MultiFinder was no longer a separate piece of
   software. 
** Peforma versions also include (System 7.1P2 - 7.1P6)


System Software History: Brief Description of Changes Between Versions
======================================================================

System Software Release          CPU Release Information
-----------------------------    ------------------------------- 
Mac System Software               Released for Macintosh 128K (1984) 
Mac System Software (0.1)         Maintenance Release, Added Mountain scene,
                                  About box, Clean Up Command (1984)
Mac System Software (0.3 & 0.5)   Finder Update (1984) 
Mac System Software (0.7)         Release for Macintosh 512K (1984)
System Software 1.0               Release for Macintosh 512Ke (1985)
System Software 1.1               Release for Macintosh Plus (1986) 
System Software 2.0               Release for Macintosh II & SE (1987) 
System System Software 2.0.1      Update to System Software to include
                                  AppleShare Client Features
System Software 2.0.1             Maintenance Release of System Software.
                                  Updated LaserWriter Driver
System Software 5.0               Added Updated LaserWriter Driver, Easy
                                  Access, Color CDEV, etc.
System Software 5.1               Updated LaserWriter Driver. Also added new
                                  version of Apple HDSC Setup
System Software 6.0               Update to System Software to include:
                                  Updated Multifinder, SuperDrive Support, etc.
System Software 6.0.1             Release for Macintosh IIx (1988)
System Software 6.0.2             Maintenance Release of System Software
System Software 6.0.3             Release for Macintosh IIcx (1989)
System Software 6.0.4             Release for Macintosh Portable and IIci
                                  (1989)
System Software 6.0.5             Release for Macintosh IIfx (1990)
System Software 6.0.6             Not ever officially released.  Intended for
                                  Macintosh LC, IIsi and Classic (1990)
System Software 6.0.7             Official release for Macintosh LC, IIsi and
                                  Classic (1990)
System Software 6.0.8             Updated Printing software to match Printing
                                  software of System 7.0 
System Software 7.0               Major Update to System Software to include
                                  TrueType, FileSharing and other Features
System Software 7.0.1             Release for Macintosh Quadra 700/900 &
                                  PowerBook 100/140/170 (1991)
System Software 7.0.1P            Released for Macintosh Performa Computers
                                  (1992)
System Software 7.1               Update to System Software to include
                                  WorldScript, System Enablers and other
                                  Features
System Software 7.1P**            Version of 7.1 for Performa Computers 
System Software 7.1.1 (Pro)       Update to System Software to include
                                  AppleScript, PowerTalk and updated Quicktime 
System Software 7.1.1             Subset of System 7 Pro  for PowerBook 250,
                                  270c, 280, 520, 520c 540 and 540c
System Software 7.1.2             Release for Power Macintosh 6100/7100/8100
                                  (1994) 
System Software 7.1.2P            Release for Performa/LC/Quadra 630 (1994)
System Software 7.5               Major update to System Software to include
                                  QuickDraw GX and over 50 New Features

Article Change History: 
02 Aug 1994 - Combined this article with System & Finder Version article. 
              Added more complete notes about change history.

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