Rumor: Mac OS X To Be Renamed macOS

Rumor: Mac OS X To Be Renamed macOS

Many of us remember when Apple introduced Mac OS X 10.0 in 2001. It was a major redesign from Mac OS 9, their previous desktop operating system. The change was so great, that the company decided to re-brand the system from Mac OS to Mac OS X, making a definite distinction between the two.

The first 8 versions of Mac OS X were named after cats: 10.0 Cheetah, 10.1 Puma, 10.2 Jaguar, 10.3 Panther, 10.4 Tiger, 10.5 Leopard, 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.7 Lion, and 10.8 Mountain Lion. When 10.9 was released, Apple changed from cats to places. The versions since have been: 10.9 Mavericks, 10.10 Yosemite, and 10.11 El Capitan.

Reportedly, Apple is now toying with the idea of changing the name of the operating system again. The company currently offers: iOS, tvOS, and watchOS. It would stand to reason that they may re-brand Mac OS X as simply macOS to match the others. Some analysts say this could happen at WWDC this year. Others say not until next year.

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