What will Apple name their next cat?  Mac OS X 10.6 Lion?

“What name will Apple use on the next version of Mac OS X?” Ron McElfresh asks for Mac360.

“Forgive me, but I’m doing the chronological order from memory, and if memory serves me correctly, OS X launched as Puma, then Cheetah (or, Cheetah, then Puma), then Jaguar, advanced to Panther, became popular with Tiger, and finally exploded on the world scene and increased market share with Leopard,” McElfresh writes.

McElfresh writes, “If Apple sticks with a big cat naming convention then what’s left? Lion?”

McElfresh writes, “Somehow the king of the jungle seems far too cartoonish, especially after Panther, Tiger, and Leopard, one after the other ate into Microsoft’s market share… The only big cat left is Lion, and… besides, most Lions just seem to lollygag around and not do much.”

“Lions are out,” McElfresh writes, “So, what’s in? What’s left?”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Ocelot.


  1. If they get the Zeta file system working by then they could change to OS-Z I suppose. The bad part however is that to US citizens this would sound like “Oh Ess Zee” which is kind of feminine compared to the (original) “Zed.”

  2. Well, there is nothing to say it has to stay with a big cat…. Apple is changing lots of things as they evolve. Perhaps the naming will change too.

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