RIP, Classic Mac OS: 1984 – 2007

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It’s not a huge surprise, but Apple’s gone ahead and posted a note confirming that Leopard will not support Classic, even on PowerPC machines. Of course, Intel Macs have never been able to run Classic anyway, so only like Hypercard user groups and the three printshops still running QuarkXPress 4 will be affected by this. But this does mark the end of the road for the venerable and oft maligned OS, which ushered in the mainstream GUI era with the 128K Mac in 1984 and remained the default boot on all new Macs until OS X 10.1.2 was released 18 years later in 2002 — prompting Steve to stage a melodramatic mock funeral for OS 9 at that year’s WWDC. Still, the old warhorse managed to hang around for another five years, and we’re a little sad to finally see it go. Check a vid of Steve’s funeral after the break.

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