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Rumor: The Name of the Next Version of OS X Is…

By April 24, 2014

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According to MacNN, Apple has been using shell companies - small corporate entities, in this case controlled by Apple - to file for trademarks that may be used as operating system names.


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Because OS X has been using names and version numbers since it was first released, we can assume that it's the target for such recent trademark filings as:

Yosemite, Redwood, Mammoth

California, Big Sur, Pacific

MacRumors discovered additional trademark filings:

Diablo, Miramar, Rincon, El Cap

Farallon, Tiburon, Monterey

Skyline, Shasta, Sierra

While we're pretty sure that OS X is in line for some of these names, it's entirely possible that Apple will also give iOS a public moniker, one more interesting than just its current version number.

Looking at the list of names, it strikes me that some names are related to the California coast, and some are related to California's various mountainous areas. If we group the names accordingly, the list would look like this:

Coastal names: Big Sur, Pacific, Miramar, Rincon, Farallon, Tiburon, and Monterey.

Mountain region names: Yosemite, Redwood, Diablo, Skyline, Shasta, Sierra.

California as a product name could go into either group, although just for balance, I think it belongs in the mountain group.

So, will the coastal names be used for OS X, and the mountain names for iOS? We'll find out sometime this summer.

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April 25, 2014 at 8:23 am
(1) KatieB says:

Your theory makes sense. It would be nice if iOS had more interesting names to delineate the versions.

Now, if Apple would only do the same with iPads!


April 30, 2014 at 3:45 pm
(2) Donna says:

I’m still using an iMac with OS 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard). The Mac tech at our local repair shop told me that I didn’t have to upgrade as long as my current computer and OS was working for me. I looked at the system requirements for Mavericks and think that my iMac doesn’t meet the minimum requirements. Of course, I haven’t really seen what Mavericks looks like when it’s in use; but, if it’s anything like Windows 8, I would have to say no thank you.

May 1, 2014 at 2:11 pm
(3) ManoaHi says:

Skyline – a Nissan car
Shasta – name of beverage company
Sierra – a GMC truck

Diablo – this would be really poor choice – brush up on your Spanish

Instead of El Cap(itan), I’d prefer Yosemite

May 1, 2014 at 9:53 pm
(4) Rhapsody says:

I like the name Yosemite. And this could be followed by National Parks or beautiful mountains in our state of California.

May 2, 2014 at 3:11 pm
(5) Blue says:


Diablo means devil. So?

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