Apple’s future OS X names may include Yosemite, Diablo, Mammoth, Grizzly, Redwood, and more

“Following recent trademark investigations related to the iWatch, French site Consomac has discovered that Apple may also be using a pair of shell companies to protect various California-related names in anticipation of future OS X releases,” Eric Slivka reports for MacRumors. “Apple’s Craig Federighi announced at last year’s Worldwide Developers Conference that the company would be shifting gears on OS X naming, moving from big cats to ‘places that inspire us in California.’ The current OS X Mavericks was the first to adopt the new naming pattern, taking its name from a popular surfing spot known for its massive waves.”

Consomac notes that a pair of companies going by the names of Yosemite Research LLC and Coast Research LLC applied for trademarks on several California-related terms in the category of computer software on the same day back in early December,” Slivka reports. “The terms for which the companies are seeking trademark protection include Yosemite, Redwood, and Mammoth (via Yosemite Research), and California, Big Sur, and Pacific (via Coast Research).”

Slivka reports, “MacRumors has discovered many more trademark applications from other apparent shell companies that carry the same Corporation Trust Center address and June 7, 2013 priority dates from applications in Trinidad and Tobago. As with the other registrations, the U.S. applications were filed on December 5 or 6. Diablo, Miramar, Rincon, and El Cap (Landmark Associates LLC). Redtail, Condor, and Grizzly (Cassowary Devices LLC). Farallon, Tiburon, and Monterey (Asilomar Enterprises LLC). Skyline, Shasta, and Sierra (Antalos Apps LLC).”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]


  1. Other possibilities include Modesto, Sacramento, San Jose, Cupertino, Death Valley, Clearlake, Venice, Santa Monica, Hollywood, the list goes on and on. /s zzzzzzzzzz

    1. I would like them to use luminaries/pioneers from Computer Science. Like…

      OS X Von Neuman
      OS X Babbage
      OS X Boole
      OS X Hopper
      OS X Turing
      OS X Backus
      OS X Kay
      OS X Ritchie

      But the last time Apple listened to me they created a gaming console.

  2. Why would Apple choose names that are only recognizable/meaningful to Californians?

    Their first shot was “Mavericks” which made no logical sense to me and a number of people I spoke with. I thought it might have been a reference to the TV western show with a similar name.

    Yes, there might be some locations in California with names recognizable outside the state of California that could be used, but with Apple’s world wide presence wouldn’t it be wiser to use names with global recognition? Without readily recognizable names they might as well use the names of the Board members grandchildren.

    This was a fine effort to honor California’s special places but a meaningless flop to the residents of the other 49 states and the other countries of the planet.

    And where is Mavericks anyway?

    1. Um, I don’t think it really matters, do you? It’s the name given to an OS. Does it really need to evoke the same image to the minds of everyone who hears it? I don’t think so. It means something to Apple. That’s all that really matters. Sheesh.

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