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Chapter 1. Setting Up Your Mac > A Tour of Mac OS X Technology

A Tour of Mac OS X Technology

Now that you've set up your Mac and learned the very basic functions, let's take a look at what's “under the hood.” I'm referring to the Mac operating system, OS X. The release of OS X in 2001 represented a revolutionary departure from the traditional Mac OS, which offered greater system stability and flexibility wrapped in a luxurious user interface. The current version of Mac OS X is Version 10.2, code named Jaguar presumably because it's powerful, sleek, and fast.

Mac OS X consists of 11 separate pieces that work together and complement each other (as represented in Figure 1.4). Let's take a brief look at the components. As we do so, we'll also examine how they influence its features.


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