Apple to call OS X 10.9 ‘Sabretooth?’

“Mountain Lion is the current version of Mac OS X on the prowl,” Dennis Sellers writes for Apple Daily Report. “It’s the latest feline in a series that’s included Lion (10.7), Snow Leopard (10.6), Leopard (10.5), Tiger (10.4), Panther (10.3, Jaguar (10.2), Puma (10.1) and Cheetah (10.0).”

“To me it only makes sense that Mac OS X 10.9 — which will almost certainly be previewed at next week’s Apple Worldwide Developer Conference — be dubbed Sabretooth,” Sellers writes. “Any other cat name would seem to be a step down, and Mac OS 11 (or X1 or whatever) will probably leave the feline names behind.”

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      1. At some point, they will need to spin off away from cats. Possibly using something like, Tiger Shark. Then they could start using shark names.

        I believe, Google is using food groups not found in a weight watcher’s diet.

        1. The cats were internal code names, they only started advertising them when they leaked.

          The current internal code names, as I understand it, are wine varieties. Those would be better than cats, and there are lots more of them.

          Even better would be to drop the silly names, and just release the version numbers.

            1. Copyright != Trademark

              Regardless of that, the whole point isn’t valid. The purpose of cat names was for marketing, not for the sole purpose of obtaining a trademark.

              From an IP law perspective there is no downside to just using version numbers. They already have OS X as a registered trademark.

              Using cat names was a way of creating artwork and brand identity for each version in a way that would’ve been very difficult to do with version numbers. That, plus people were calling the versions by the code names anyway.

      2. 10.0 public beta was code named Kodiak

        I like the cat names. It accentuates the feel of PCs for accountants and Macs for creative people.
        (not to disparage accountants).

    1. I guess that as its the last version of the breed it would be rather appropriate, brave if it is really good, probably asking for some ridicule from critics if it isn’t perhaps. Though actually in reality there have been various forms of sabre tooth cat over time that represent the ultimate development of any give species to match the available prey so the concept does keep coming back.

    1. … to recognize that you meant OS 10.11, not OS 11.0 – some people still don’t understand software version numbering.
      So.
      Yes. Version 10.11 should be code named “Sabertooth”. Very punny, but so what. You got a problem with puns?

  1. Bad name. Extinct, prehistoric, etc. not gonna happen unless Apple manages to clone a Sabretooth to bring one alive today! Apple is truly in trouble if it opens up itself to that much ridicule.

    1. Yeah… that’s my thought also. I can see the oh-so-clever PC pundits with their headlines now,

      “Mac OS X Sabertooth… dead like it’s namesake.”

      “Mac OS X Sabertooth… extinct on arrival.”

      and so on.

  2. Whatever they call it – one thing is certain. It won’t matter to Wall Street. Nothing will matter until Tim Cook is gone from the company. Investors don’t believe he is the one to lead the company back to where it once was.

    1. Investors and analysts will never accept anyone as the one to lead the company… Unless there is a second coming. Best to show them that their own short sighted ness won’t rock the company or all hell will break loose.

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