WWDC 2016: The OS X rumors everyone’s talking about

“Apple’s going to show us the future (at least for a year) of all its platforms at WWDC 2016 in a few short weeks time, so what can we expect for the system at the heart of everything Apple does, OS X?” Jonny Evans writes for Computerworld.

“There has been speculation Apple plans to change the name of OS X to bring it into line with its other operating systems, tvOS, iOS and watchOS,” Evans writes. “Right now of course we’re all calling OS X 10.12, but might it simply become macOS 1.0?”

“After three years of internal testing, Apple may add Siri support to your Mac,” Evans writes. “Available via an icon in the Menu bar and through a range of keyboard and application shortcuts, this will extend to ‘Hey Siri’ support when your computer is plugged into power.”

More OS X rumors and wishes in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We’d sure like to see a strong focus on IoT via HomeKit. It’s past time for HomeKit to really take off!


  1. In light of Apple’s current so-called “problems,” renaming OS X will be seen as renaming just to make something seem new and shiny.

    Like putting lipstick on a laptop.

    Besides, macOS is a bad name. Clinical, cold, geekish without style.

      1. Here’s the reason I think the next version of the Mac’s OS will be called MacOS – ‘Mac’ is an abbreviation for a proper name, while ‘tv’ is an abbreviation for a generic device and ‘watch’ is the name of a generic device. It makes sense to have the ‘M’ be uppercase.

    1. More so than OSX? I must be missing something. MacOS sounds perfectly good to me and they can’t keep going on with the present naming regime much longer its simply getting confusing combining two numbers in their different styles so that it has to use a name to hide it. I mean how formal does OS(ten).12 sound.

  2. Context is everything. Location location and microlocation—without giving away your information to an advertising company to resell.

    Mapkit indeed, but why stop at just the streets—interior mapping for all?

    Just saying…

  3. Wish list:
    1) Get rid of the file system. It’s anachronistic and most millennials don’t even know how to use it. All relevant files should be stored in-app.
    2) Give us touch screen! Touch screen on my Lenovo Yoga is a game-changer
    3( Siri for Mac!
    4) Apple should make its own social media! And integrate it into Mac.

    1. “Get rid of the file system. It’s anachronistic and most millennials don’t even know how to use it. All relevant files should be stored in-app.”

      That’s about as sensible as storing books in a library according to what printer they were produced on. The program or printer is utterly irrelevant for the classification of information.

      My tiny business is pushing towards 100,000 Pages files, plus many others of various types. These are classified mostly by CLIENT. Clients are what matter to my business, not the software. Imagine going into six different programs to try to find files relevant to a particular client. Sheesh!!!

      And don’t talk to me about searching. Over the years, I have searched many times and not found files I knew were there. I can quickly and easily find what I want via “clients” and VERY occasionally I use search for oddball files.

      1. Apparently, then, most millennials don’t have to produce massive volumes of work. The Mac OS file system needs work, but it is the best in the world, if you actually have to produce content. iOS is a toy. Perhaps we’re moving toward a toy paradigm of working.

        1. Mobile computing in business demands simplicity for rapid data-gathering and off-the-cuff decision-making. The apps are butt-simple, but the back end is churning. I think we need both, and the infrastructure to support both. The idea of converging iOS and MacOS seems as silly as Windows Everywhere, or that group intelligence, like the Borg, can effectively replace that of individuals.

    2. Sherbet, tell me how you handle a MacBook Pro with 50 applications and a quarter million files in an organized way where a given project may easily have files from over two dozen file formats in multiple versions of the same document and some versions only going to certain other people.

      You can’t live in business without some sort of high level user directed file system.

  4. The IoT is still not ready. Security issues are no where near being resolved, not to mention the liability issues.

    A name change for the OS, to that I say the Shakespeare thing about the rose… big deal, paraphrasing a bit.

    Apple’s time is best spent rewriting the OS in Swift and just doing security updates until that is ready. I also mean the supporting software and libraries should be in Swift. It’s time to push threw instead of standing still.

    1. The IoT is still not ready.

      Indeed, at least most of it is not ‘ready’. But here it is anyway, a massive multi-pus of security holes thrown all over the Internet, waiting to be PWNed, if they aren’t PWNed already.

      I’ll also say: Apparently the developers of the IOT aren’t ready for the concept of a SECURE INTERNET. Security isn’t an afterthought for a lot of these developers. Instead, security is a NON-thought, which should be a crime. I suspect that with time, tossing willfully insecure crap onto the Internet WILL be a crime. Apparently, that’s what it takes for certain people to live up to the concept of responsiblity. *sigh*

      IdiOTic (0_o)

      1. Regarding Swift: It would be great if Apple could Swift-ify everything. Except Swift isn’t finished yet. We’ll see how well the open source project has been doing with Swift 3.0 in June, hopefully.

        Comparison: Remember how long it took Java to reach maturity? Oh it didn’t? I forgot. It’s still a menace on the Internet.

  5. …But might it simply become macOS 1.0?

    Oh Hell No! What an awful idea. Stay out of marketing, Jonny Evans.

    Concept: Piss off Microsoft, who’ve been mimicking the “OS X” name since Windows XP and continuing recently with Windows “10” (a version number that makes NO sense).

    So how about just tossing on ‘Mac’, again, calling it Mac OS, except increment it up a roman numeral to:

    Mac OS XI

    Microsoft will have a conniption fit, feeling all left behind and stuff, while we’ll all get a good laugh. 😅😂😹

    AND: Justify the ‘XI’ increment by introducing 3-D GUI elements at long-bloody-last!!! The future is 3-D everything! Just like the real world! Get moving Apple!

    1. The best 3D is holography, IMHO. We’ve had it since 1962 but have seen little interest in commercialising it beyond SF portrayals like Princess Leia slipping R2-D2 a disc.

    2. “The future is 3-D everything! Just like the real world! Get moving Apple!”

      You have been advocating this approach for a long time. I recall also mentioning it the first time my eyes laid waste on flat ios7 and the returning comments were not exactly complimentary.

      We agree, get MOVING APPLE! 🐌

      1. You have been advocating this approach for a long time.

        Since the late 1990s. I was able to see IRIX OS at work, which had a simple outline 3-D navigation interface and wanted it on Macs.. Apple actually attempted a 3-D Internet navigation application way back then, but it flopped. The closest thing we have these days is the navigation window inside of Time Machine.

        Apple hasn’t exactly sat around twiddling with regard to 3-D GUIs. Check this out:


  6. Lose the space and call it MacOS, in keeping with iOS, tvOS, and watchOS which are all searchable keywords. But keep it capitalised unlike those three lower-case junior-grade OSs (let us not forget that Mac OS X gave birth to iOS as Jupiter did to Minerva). MacOS XI shows Roman continuity but 11 is cleaner, and is the first prime number since 7, and more fun because it tops Windows 10 and forces Microsoft to risk looking foolish playing tit-for-tat by naming its next OS Windows 12. There’s more, but I sense the zzzs piling up

  7. If they do Hey Siri, they need to do a couple of things beyond increasing what it can do. We need to be able to change the name. Imagine you have your computer and your phone and your iPad. You say “Hey, Siri” and they all three answer. Not good. The second is I would hope they would not require the Mac to be plugged in to respond to Hey Siri. I’m assuming what is meant is that if it’s plugged in but closed, Hey Siri will work, but it will also work anytime it’s open. That makes sense. Apple currently keeps the Mac on when the lid is closed if it’s plugged in to do software updates and backups. So it makes sense to let it listen.

  8. I can’t wait for the market crash and “gloom and doom” by the anals all relating to the name of operating system.

    Whoops, I meant analysts, really I did.

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