Classic macOS Wallpapers – Mac OS 9

As part of the relaunch of after a two year hiatus, I’m excited to bring a new series of posts highlighting the classic macOS wallpapers of the past. Each release of macOS has had a unique wallpaper that came with it, with the exception of macOS 10.0 “Cheetah” and macOS 10.1 “Puma”. But before there was macOS 10, there was Mac OS 9, now usually referred to as either “Mac OS for PowerPC” or simply “Classic Mac OS”. Now you can have that simple but fun smiley face wallpaper on your current Mac in all its 5K glory.

Mac OS 9 as it was then know was released on October 23, 1999 for the iMac G3. It’s internal codename was “Sonata” and it was priced at $99. For those too young to remember, yes, there was a time where you actually had to pay for your Operating System updates! Eventually, there would be a total of seven different builds of Mac OS 9, most of them coming with improved features or for specific Apple computer releases. For example, Mac OS 9.1 was released on January 9, 2001 for the iBook 12 and 14-inch laptops (but it was a free update). The last update was version 9.2.2 released on December 5, 2001. By that point, Mac OS X (10.0) had already been released and represented a completely new look and feel for the Operating System. Mac OS X 10.0, codename Cheetah, was released on March 24, 2001.

For those interested, you can read the history of Mac OS 9 in this article.

For those who never had the opportunity to see this version of Mac OS in action, here is a view of the desktop environment. While it is easy to look at this as being archaic today, the reality is at the time of its release, it was a stunning example of what GUI (Graphical User Interface) could truly do and how it could look.

macOS 9 Screenshot
Mac OS 9 Desktop

Now you see that fun looking wallpaper in the background? Here you go!

Mac OS 9 Wallpaper
Mac OS 9 Wallpaper

The image above is a full 5K resolution image, measuring 5120 × 3840 so it will work with virtually any iMac, MacBook or other Apple device (and yes, it’ll work on Windows 11 too). To save the image to your Mac, just right-click it and save it. You can then set it as your desktop background on your Monterey running Mac.

Later this week, I will post the classic wallpaper for Mac OS 10.0 and 10.1. This will continue throughout the macOS lineup up to the latest version, macOS 12 Monterey, the latest release from Apple. But for now, enjoy these classic wallpapers.

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