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History of Mac OS OS X Intros (Best Quality) (HD)

Apple Computer added introductory videos to new installations of Mac OS after the return of Steve Jobs in 1997. This was continued in Mac OS X through version 10.6 "Snow Leopard".

Classic Mac OS[]

Mac OS 8 intro (1997)[]

Main article: Mac OS 8

The introductory video is very long and meant to show off the multimedia capabilities of Apple's Power Macintosh computers running QuickTime software.

Mac OS 9 intro (1999)[]

Main article: Mac OS 9

The video's running time is drastically reduced and introduces the long-running theme of greetings in many languages to show the level of international support. This uses an unknown song, also used by the Power Mac G4 Cube Demo.

Mac OS X / OS X[]

Mac OS X Cheetah, Puma and Jaguar intro (2001-2002)[]

Main articles: Mac OS X 10.0, Mac OS X 10.1 and Mac OS X 10.2

On a white background, a shiny blue watery dot can be seen in the middle of the screen. We then zoom into the circle and see the word "Welcome" in different languages, in a wobbly-like move. The different language "welcomes" then end, and then a white rectangle appears, with the water on the left side of the screen. "Sofa Rockers" by Sofa Surfers is used for this.

Mac OS X Panther developer preview intro (2003)[]

Main article: Mac OS X 10.3

The background is black at first. A few seconds later, a blue background with dots can be seen. The word "welcome" then appears in different parts of a screen, and the dots make an effect when the different-language "welcomes" appear. A line then appears, and the line gets thicker, becoming a rectangle. "Ocean Air" by Dzihan & Kamien is used.

Mac OS X Panther intro (2003)[]

Main article: Mac OS X 10.3

On a blue background, the Apple logo zooms to the screen. The Apple logo then zooms out of the screen, and then, different-language "welcomes" zoom into the screen. The welcome-zooming gets faster, and the last welcome becomes a grey X in a black background. The song "Eple" (Apple in Norwegian) by the Norwegian duo Röyksopp is used.

Mac OS X Tiger intro (2005)[]

Main article: Mac OS X 10.4

We start off with a blue background. The Apple logo then fades into the screen and slowly zooms into the screen. The background then gets darker, and the Apple logo shines up the different-language welcomes all across the black floor. After the last welcome, a big X comes. After that, the X gets full. The song "Bytecry" from the album "Drunk On Light" by Weevil is used for this.


Honeycut - Exodus Honey (Instrumental) MAC OS X Leopard Theme

Mac OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard intro (2007-2009)[]

Main articles: Mac OS X 10.5 and Mac OS X 10.6

On a galaxy background, the video zooms into an Apple logo, followed by welcome phrases in different languages that approach from random places. A big, shiny "X" slowly appears, then zooms in with shooting stars as the screen turns black.

An instrumental version of Exodus Honey from the 2006 album The Day I Turned to Glass by Honeycut was used for the background music. This track was also used for a 2007 iMac commercial.[1]


Introducing OS X Yosemite instrumental WWDC 2014

OS X Yosemite WWDC intro (2014)[]

Main article: OS X 10.10

Since July 2011, introductory videos were removed from Mac OS X Lion onwards. However, during the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple senior VP Craig Federighi introduced OS X Yosemite with a new video.[2]


  1. Honeycut - Exodus Honey by Panda, YouTube. 2011-03-03.
  2. Apple - WWDC 2014 by Apple, YouTube. 2014-06-03.

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