As we continue our journey through the default wallpapers of macOS, our next stop will be the first two releases in the macOS X lineup: macOS 10.0, known as Cheetah, and macOS 10.1, known as Puma. macOS Cheetah and macOS Puma were both released in 2001 with the later serving mostly as a bug fix and feature update for the platform. And, let’s be honest here, macOS Cheetah could arguably been not quite ready for primetime when it was released, thus making Puma a must-have update.
Mac OS X 10.0 was released on March 24, 2001 and was a complete rewrite of the Macintosh Operating System. The initial release was… not so great. It was slow and incomplete with very few applications available at the time of launch. The Mac community however loved it as it was the first real sign that Apple was truly trying to overhaul Mac OS. It is also hard to argue the influence that neXt had on this release with visual similarities abounding. 10.0 was written with a UNIX-like kernel and the update was priced at $129. In all, there were five minor dot releases to 10.0, the last one being 10.0.4 which was released on June 21, 2001.
Mac OS X 10.01 was released on September 25, 2001 and it brought significant improvements in performance and provided a wealth of new features that were missing in the 10.0 release. Some of those improvements and features included CD and DVD burning, improved file handling, DVD playback support and OpenGL for faster 3D rendering all out-of-the-box. The update itself was free for those who had macOS Cheetah installed, otherwise it was the same $129 upgrade cost for those coming from Mac OS 9. for Puma, there would be a total of six builds with the last being 10.1.5 which was released on June 5, 2002. Interestingly, in January 2002, Apple announced that going forward all Macintosh’s would have Mac OS X as its default Operating System going forward.
As for the default wallpaper that came with both Cheetah & Puma, it is a beautiful blue with swirling arcs that matched well with the new Aqua interface that was in the platform. The wallpaper below is in full 5K resolution, allowing you to have this wonderful classic look on your contemporary Mac. You can download it to your Mac by simply right clicking it and saving it.