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Archived - Mac OS: Versions, builds included with PowerPC Macs (since 1998)

Learn the version(s) of Mac OS included with PowerPC-based Macs produced since 01 Jan 1998. If you're looking for information about Intel-based Macs (produced since 2006), see this article.

Important: You cannot normally use a Mac OS version earlier than the one that was included with the computer.

This article has been archived and is no longer updated by Apple.
  1. Some computers shipped with different Mac OS versions at different times. When a computer was not bundled with a later version, a "-" appears in the "Later Mac OS included" column.
  2. The build information is available in the About This Mac window.
  3. The parenthetical product descriptions (Summer 2000) and (Summer 2001) refer to the summer of earth's Northern Hemisphere.
  4. Also known as iBook (Early 2003).
  5. (*) Some, or all, of this type of computer start in Mac OS X only. For more information, see this article. Additionally:
    • iMac (Flat Panel) with serial numbers of xx303xxxxxx or later start only in Mac OS X
    • eMac (ATI Graphics) with SuperDrive start only in Mac OS X.
       
  6. Some computers may include a slightly newer build (but same numbered version) of Mac OS X on the Install or Restore discs than was preinstalled on the hard drive. This is normal.
  7. Some versions of computer-specific software can only be used for NetBoot or System Images for the computer model with which they were bundled. This includes these Power Mac G5 computer-specific builds: 6S74, 6S75, 6S80, 6S90.
Power Macintosh G3 (Blue & White) Jan 1999 8.5.1 - -
Power Mac G4 (PCI Graphics) Sept 1999 8.6 - -
Power Mac G4 (AGP Graphics) Sept 1999 8.6 9.0 -
Power Mac G4 (Gigabit Ethernet) Aug 2000 9.0.4v2 - -
Power Mac G4 Cube Aug 2000 9.0.4v2 9.1 -
Power Mac G4 (Digital Audio) Jan 2001 9.1 10.0.3 -
Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver) Jul 2001 9.2, 10.0.4 9.2.1, 10.1 4Q12, 5G64
Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver 2002) Jan 2002 9.2.2, 10.1.2 10.1.3, 10.1.5, 10.2 5P63, 5P68, 5Q83, 5S54, 6C115
Power Mac G4 (Mirrored Drive Doors) Aug 2002 9.2.2, 10.2 10.2.1, 10.2.6 6C115, 6E31, 6E32, 6L60
Macintosh Server G4 (Mirrored Drive Doors) Aug 2002 10.2.1 - 6E32
Power Mac G4 (FW 800) * Jan 2003 9.2.2, 10.2.3 10.2.4, 10.2.6 6H58, 6H60, 6J54
Power Mac G5 - see Note 7 * Jul 2003 9.2.2, 10.2.7 (G5), 10.2.8 (G5) 10.3 6S74, 6S75, 6S80, 6S90, 7B85
Power Mac G5 (June 2004) * June 2004 10.3.4 10.3.7 7L18, 7L32, 7P124, 7T52
Power Mac G5 (Late 2004) Oct 04 10.3.5 10.3.7, 10.4 7P134, 7T52, 8A428
Power Mac G5 (Early 2005) Apr 05 10.4 - 8A428
Power Mac G5 (Late 2005) Oct 2005 10.4.2 10.4.4 8E90, 8G32
iMac 233 MHz Aug 1998 8.1 - -
iMac 233 MHz/B, 266 MHz, 333 MHz Jan 1999 through Apr 1999 8.5.1 8.6 -
iMac (Slot Loading) Oct 1999 8.6 9.0, 9.0.3, 9.0.4 -
iMac (Summer 2000) - See Note 3 Sept 2000 9.0.4 - -
iMac (Early 2001) Feb 2001 9.1 - -
iMac (Summer 2001) - See Note 3 Jul 2001 9.1, 10.0.4 9.2, 10.1, 10.1.2, 10.1.3, 10.2 4P13, 4R15, 5G64, 5P63, 5Q83, 6C115
iMac (Flat Panel) Jan 2002 9.2.2, 10.1.2 10.1.3, 10.1.4, 10.2, 10.2.3 5P63, 5Q83, 5R48, 5T91, 6C115, 6H58, 6H60
iMac (17-inch Flat Panel) * - See Note 5 Jul 2002 9.2.2, 10.1.5 10.2 6C115
iMac (17-inch 1GHz) * Feb 2003 9.2.2, 10.2.3 - 6H58, 6H60, 6I34
iMac (USB 2.0) 17-inch 1.25 GHz, 15-inch 1 GHz * Aug 2003 9.2.2, 10.2.7 10.3.1 6R42, 6R49, 6R52, 7C150
iMac (USB 2.0) 20-inch 1.25 GHz * Oct 2003 9.2.2, 10.3 10.3.1 7C9, 7C150
iMac G5 * Aug 2004 10.3.5 - 7P35
iMac G5 (Ambient Light Sensor) May 2005 10.4 - 8A428
iMac G5 (iSight) Oct 2005 10.4.2 - 8E102, 8E104
eMac Apr 2002 9.2.2, 10.1.4 10.2, 10.2.2, 10.2.3 5R106, 6C115, 6F22, 6H60
eMac (ATI Graphics) * - See Note 5 May 2003 10.2.4 10.3 6J73, 7B85
eMac (USB 2.0) * - See Note 5 Mar 2004 10.3.3 10.3.4 7G21, 7L33
eMac (2005) May 05 10.4 10.4.2, 10.4.4 A428, 8A451, 8E90A, 8G32
Mac mini * Jan 2005 10.3.7 10.4 7T21, 8A428
Mac mini (late 2005) * Sept 2005 10.4.2 - 8D40, 8E90A
PowerBook G3 Series Sept 1998 8.1 - -
PowerBook G3 (Bronze Keyboard) May 1999 8.6 - -
PowerBook (FireWire) Feb 2000 9.0.2 - -
PowerBook G4 Oct 2001 9.1 10.1.1 5M45
PowerBook G4 (Gigabit Ethernet) Oct 2001 9.2.1, 10.1 10.1.2 5G64, 5P63
PowerBook G4 (DVI) Apr 2002 9.2.2, 10.1.4 - 5R60
PowerBook G4 (12-inch) * Jan 2002 9.2.2, 10.2.3 - 6G30, 6H28, 6H30
PowerBook G4 (1 GHz / 867 MHz) Nov 2002 9.2.2, 10.2 10.2.3 6C115, 6E62, 6H60
PowerBook G4 (15-inch FW 800) * Aug 2003 9.2.2, 10.2.7 10.3 6R55, 7B85
PowerBook G4 (17-inch) * Mar 2003 9.2.2, 10.2.4 10.2.7, 10.3 6I34, 6J25, 6R55
PowerBook G4 (12-inch DVI) * Sept 2003 9.2.2, 10.2.7 10.3 6R55, 7B85
PowerBook G4 (15-inch 1.5/1.33GHz) and (17-inch 1.5GHz) * Apr 2004 10.3.3 10.3.4, 10.4 7G43, 7L46, 8A428
PowerBook G4 (12-inch 1.33GHz) * Apr 2004 10.3.3 10.3.4 7G33, 7L46
PowerBook G4 (15-inch 1.67/1.5GHz) and (17-inch 1.67GHz) * Jan 2005 10.3.7 10.4 7T62, 8A428
PowerBook G4 (12-inch 1.5GHz) * Jan 2005 10.3.7 10.4.2 7T51, 8E90A
PowerBook G4 (Double-Layer SD) * Oct 2005 10.4.2 - 8E45
iBook Sept 1999 8.6 - -
iBook Special Edition (FireWire) Feb 2000 8.6 9.0.4 -
iBook (FireWire) Sept 2000 9.0.4 - -
iBook (Dual USB) May 2001 9.1 10.0.3 4P13
iBook (Late 2001) Oct 2001 9.2.1, 10.1 10.1.2 5G64
iBook (14.1 LCD) Jan 2002 9.2.2, 10.1.2 - 5P54c
iBook (14.1 LCD 16 VRAM) May 2002 9.2.2, 10.1.4 10.2 4P13
iBook (Opaque 16 VRAM) Nov 2002 9.2.2, 10.2.1 10.2.3 6D52, 6E57
iBook (32 VRAM) Nov 2002 9.2.2, 10.2.1 10.2.3 6D52, 6E57, 6H60
iBook (14.1 LCD 800 MHz 32 VRAM) - See Note 4 Apr 2003 9.2.2, 10.2.4 - 6I34, 6J73
iBook (14.1 LCD 900 MHz 32 VRAM) - See Note 4 Apr 2003 9.2.2, 10.2.4 - 6I34, 6J73
iBook (800 MHZ 32 VRAM) - See Note 4 Apr 2003 9.2.2, 10.2.4 - 6I34, 6J73
iBook G4 (12-inch) * Oct 2003 10.3 - 7B85
iBook G4 (14-inch) * Oct 2003 10.3 - 7B85
iBook Logic Board Update REA * Mar 2004 10.3 - 7E40
iBook G4 (Early 2004) * Mar 2004 10.3.3 10.3.4 7G51 or 7G33, 7L46
iBook G4 (Late 2004) * Oct 2004 10.3.5 10.3.7, 10.4 7P216, 7T52, 8A428
iBook G4 (Mid 2005) July 2005 10.4.2, 10.4.4 - 8D37, 8G32
Xserve * May 2002 10.1.5 10.2 6C115
Xserve (Slot Load) * Feb 2003 10.2.4, 10.2.7 - 6I34
Xserve (Cluster Node) * Mar 2003 10.2.4, 10.2.7 - 6I34
Xserve G5 * Mar 2004 10.3.2 10.3.3 7E46, 7G66
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