After which cat will Apple name OS X 10.9?

“Apple is playing an interesting game when it comes to naming OS X versions. They’re all cats of one type or another, starting with Cheetah and OS X 10.0,” Jesse Mincey writes for Bohemian Boomer. “The latest is 10.8, Mountain Lion.”

“The next version, OS X 10.9, has yet to be revealed and the clock is ticking. Apple has promised more frequent updates to the Mac’s OS and the summer of 2013 is fast approaching,” Mincey writes. “Two questions float around in my subconscious. First, what will Apple name OS X 10.9? Second, what will Apple do for OS X 11. I sense a huge quake of change in OS X after the next cat name is released.”

Mincey writes, “High on the list of expectations from among the Apple punditry for the next cat is OS X Lynx, but others could show up, including Bobcat, Cougar, or Ocelot.”

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Mac OS X versions, names/codenames, and release dates:

• Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: July 25, 2012
• Mac OS X 10.7 Lion : July 20, 2011
• Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: August 28, 2009
• Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: October 26, 2007
• Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger: April 29, 2005
• Mac OS X 10.3 Panther: October 24, 2003
• Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar: August 24, 2002
• Mac OS X 10.1 Puma: September 25, 2001
• Mac OS X 10.0 Cheetah: March 24, 2001
• Mac OS X Public Beta: September 13, 2000

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So, where’s Apple’s next OS X and what will it be named? – March 11, 2013


  1. Agreed. Probably already decided but I guess it gives some people fodder to chew on while they’re watching their soap operas.

    But….how about Saber? Trouble then is they’d have to buy the rights to the Pyramid tablet.

  2. Tiger Shark and then move into the shark family after that. They are powerful predators that always keep swimming that can swim in schools, packs or on their own.

  3. I’d prefer they dropped the whole cat thing entirely, and I love cats. Both Puma and Cheetah never made it out of Cupertino, and since the cheetah is the fastest cat, I’d not argue they can’t use it again, publicly this time.

    But, if they do insist upon keeping the feline, my choice is Sabertooth, extinct, yes, but awesome.

    1. Cheetah did make it out. It was the internal name (and the name used by *many* outside Apple as well) for OS X 10.0. It got the name Cheetah because it truly was soooo much faster than the public beta release (which was frighteningly slow).

    2. I’d vote for Sabetooth, but ONLY if that version had *full*, latest revision support for all the standards:
      Open GL 4.2 (or then current)
      Open CL 1.2 (or then current)
      CUDA 5 (or then current)
      WiFi 802.11ac (or then current)
      Bluetooth 4.0 (or then current)
      ZFS v28 (or then current)

  4. “Sea Lion.” It’s time to change to sea creatures with cool names, with “Sea Lion” as the transition release 10.9. Mac OS “eleven” (the “huge quake of change”) the can continue with Orca or Baracuda or Stingray, etc.

    “Cougar” is the best name left, but it’s basically a mountain lion. “Bobcat” and “Ocelot” and “Lynx” are kind of weak. Hence, there are no good big cat names left.

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