Apple’s next-gen OS X 10.9 will be named ‘Lynx’, source says

“The name for Apple’s next generation operating system – Mac OS X 10.9 – will be called LYNX,” AppleScoop reports.

“This report comes from a reliable source who claims to have talked to someone from inside the walls of Apple,” AppleScoop reports.

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan” for the heads up.]

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        1. I think it might be worth checking out the different types of Lynx, some are considerably more dangerous than others if that is the criteria you judge it by. Mind you my tabby kitten used to own the next door neigbour’s ex Alsation guard dog so may be a big house cat isn’t such a condemnation after all.

          That said one would have thought that they would have built up to Lion or Tiger as the ultimate in the range if only to avid such debates.

          1. Different types of lynx? Four. And unless you corner one you’re in no danger. But any wild animal can be dangerous if you corner it and it has no escape route. I have seen plenty of lynx and some mountain lions. There is a difference. However, it’s the bear that is dangerous. I have a friend who was chased by a bear and luckily got away. He did the only thing he could and climbed a tree. Of course the bear could have climbed the tree but it didn’t chase him up. But it did mull around for an hour at the base of the tree. He waited another three hours before he came down. He never went out without a dog and at least a .44 mag after that.

      1. Lynx is a very old web browser, but not the first. The first was called WorldWideWeb, which was developed by Tim Berners-Lee and ran on the NeXTSTEP operating system.

    1. I had a generation-1 Lynx. First portable colour game system, with 16-bit graphics (more colours than many PCs at the time could do, even!), networked gaming options, when its competition was the black-and-white Nintendo Gameboy that came out the same year at half the price.

      The Lynx was like the Newton and several other Apple products–way ahead of its time, and people weren’t ready for it.

    1. As long as they don’t oversimplify OSX to the point that it loses functionality. That is my fear.

      I like my iPhone, but the simplification of the menus desired by Apple often presents me with an app screen that makes me answer the question: What do I do next? So I touch here on the screen, there on the screen in order to give me some choices as to where I go next. On apps that I I use every day, its not a problem because I memorize the blank spots on the screen that I use to make the desired choices of actions (menu) pop up, but on less frequently used apps, it is click here, click there, what do I do next. Not the Apple way, speaking as a Mac user since 1988. Hopefully Jonathan Ive will bring back some common sense to the minimalism trend. If the user has to memorize a series of actions to make an app work, we are headed for trouble.

      Between OSX and iOS, I have over 100 apps that I use to make a living. Don’t hide my operating tools in order to achieve a minimalist “black screen” look. I am as guilty as anybody in my web designs, BUT I never leave the viewer asking the question: Where do I go next?” and then leave it up to them to try to find the answer by random clicking in the corners, etc, just to make a function menu appear. Some apps I may only use 5 or 6 times a year, in which case the function menus need to be obvious, not “artsy-crafty” in their appearance and organization.

      We are heading that way in many iOS apps, and it seems that iOS developers are being encouraged to take it even further.

      Just my take. Don’t mess with how I make my living. All change is not good. Good change is good change, bad change is bad change.

      And no, I don’t have time to give examples. If you use OSX/iOS as an entertainment delivery device, which seems to be where we are heading, you probably use very few apps, know them well, so have no clue what I am talking about. But if you create content with web sites that have over 100 or more resource files each, you will know what I am talking about. Oversimplification in the organization of those is a disaster waiting to happen. If you don’t understand it, well…….what can I say.

      1. It’s not about extinction, it’s about power. Look at the Nashville Predators logo. A lynx is what a Sabertooth uses to wipe the remaining bits of Zube from its bunghole after it takes a giant Microsoft…

        1. Ahh…Microsoft! I meant Zune not Zube… (That’s what I get for posting from a Surface tablet in a Microsoft store….it was just so quiet and empty in here I assumed I could think better but it’s more like Eliot’s Wasteland: ““A heap of broken images, where the sun beats,
          And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief,
          And the dry stone no sound of water…
          There is shadow…
          I will show you fear in a handful of dust.” )

      1. Thanks, but my ’03 PowerBook is working just fine, and there’s an Anthracite and silver Mac tower, about a ’99 model, IIRC, sitting under a desk at work, still in service. Hardly obsolete. That word applies to the twenty or so Wintel PC’s that went in the skip earlier this year. Little more than landfill.

      2. I’m sitting here in front of my eMac laughing at JB Tipton.

        And since when have new releases of OS X EOL’d 2 year old Macs, anyway? Mountain Lion supports models from as far back as 2007, or 2006 if you’re comfortable with a bit of hacking.

      1. JB Tipton and AVFTOS undoubtedly prefer somewhat longer OS development cycles, such as Microsoft’s decade-long fling with Windows XP.

        Look, JB. You can either accept the fact that Apple does not do the “status quo” thing like Microsoft, or you can move on. Besides, you don’t have to upgrade your OS.

        An Apple product will typically serve its function well beyond two years, if treated right, and will also tend to get better with age, rather than worse. I don’t know of many XP machines that went through Vista and 7, much less 8. But my 2007 Intel iMac started with OS X 10.5 five years ago and has gone through every upgrade since without a hitch. It is currently at 10.8.2 and runs flawlessly. I am a fan of Apple products for a reason.

    1. And Apple can ditch the blue bird of Twitter, and create their own service called ‘Tweety’, represented by a yellow bird with big orange feet… “I tawt I taw a puddy cat!”

      “I deed! I deed taw a puddy cat!”

  1. I could believe this RUMOR but only if Apple ditched icons, fancy fonts and other such geegaws, swapped out all native apps for web apps and went total CLI. Back to the future.

  2. If Microsoft named their OS releases after animals, they’d most likely go with fish (shrimp, mackerel, Narwhal*) or extinct species (Windows Dodo has a nice ring to it!)

    * I know, Narwhal is a mammal, but this is Microsoft we are talking about.

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