About OS X – or MacOS – 10.12 Fuji: Macintosh’s next operating system

“Apple tends to stick to a fairly predictable annual schedule nowadays, and if previous years are any guide, we should soon be hearing more details about the successor to OS X El Capitan,” David Nield reports for T3. “The brand new operating system is apparently going to be called OS X Fuji.”

“All this is speculation and informed rumour of course – Apple won’t say anything official until its WWDC (Worldwide Developer Conference) event kicks off on13 June,” Nield reports. “That’s where we’ve seen on-stage reveals for Yosemite and El Capitan, and we’re expecting the same sort of show for Fuji this year.”

“One of the most interesting and most plausible rumours surrounding OS X Fuji is that Apple is planning to rebrand its desktop OS as MacOS (or possibly macOS). That would fit in with iOS, tvOS and watchOS, which makes us think it’s likely to happen soon,” Nield reports. “We’re still not quite sure of the story behind the Fuji name – maybe it’s because the Fuji apple is grown on California – but it’s the one that several reports have pointed to as the codename currently in use. There’s still a chance Apple will change it before June.”

Much more in the full article here.

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        1. Here’s my list of possible names:
          Joshua Tree
          Sequoia
          Whitney
          Tahoe
          La Jolla
          Mendocino
          Tuolumne
          Shasta
          Humboldt
          Napa
          Merced
          Joaquin
          Monterey
          Catalina
          Compton 😀

        1. Surely if it’s going for a more international flavour perfect for Good old Apple Pie it should be Bramley the original tree that spawned it still stands proud a Wonderful metaphor for the company surely. Can even mixed with the Windows like Golden Delicious to make the latter Paletable.

          Have Apple used apple titles in recent times for their pre launch versions of the OS?

    1. I think they’ll use this as an opportunity to move away from California place names. Apple is an international company.

      The last OS was named after a mountain in California. Fuji could be a transition to mountains for names around the world, or perhaps places around the world that inspire them. Apple also has employees from around the world. Fuji, Kilimanjaro, Everest, Shasta, McKinley, Huangshan, Matterhorn, Sella, Logan…

      Japan is an important market for Apple. It’s quickly become very pro-Apple, after being firmly Microsoftian. So, perhaps they’re starting with Mt. Fuji.

      On the other hand, it could just be a change to “Apple” names, but then their options are limited when it comes to marketing… as most apples look more or less the same. Fuji, Gala, Spartan, Golden Delicious… nah, I like the idea of mountains better.

      1. The new convention was to move from cats to “great places in California”. And they did it right:

        Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan.

        If you’ve never seen any of them in person, then you should.

        El Capitan is not “a mountain in California”. it’s one of the hardest locations in the world for rock climbing. It takes a pro about 3 days to get from the bottom to the top. Yes, they sleep hanging from the rock! The layout around El Capitan is absolutely gorgeous. The mountain is very close to the Yosemite national park, which is amazing. You can visit both the same day.

        About “the international company” thing, Apple is a company with influences in many places. But Apple IS a California company. It was founded in California by Californians. It remains in California. It was the direct consequence of the Californian culture. Both Steves lived all of their lives in California. The main people in Apple lives in California. The Mac was build in California. The Apple II was born in California. The presentations are all in California. WWDC is in California. The new Mothership is in California.

        And right next to every single Apple product, there’s a label saying “Designed in California by Apple”.

        How more Californian can it get?

    1. Tina Fey didn’t “make a joke” – she just portrated Palin’s category5-moron statements. And since Palin is still in the public arena, it’s still a great example of how stupid she is.

      1. Palin actually said “They’re our next-door neighbors. And you can actually see Russia, from land, here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.” Or so she’s been told because she never actually saw it herself. But she did have to build a 14 foot fence to keep her non-Russian neighbors at bay; looks like her buddy Trump would teach her some things.

    2. Tina Fey didn’t make it up. At least half of her dialogue as Palin was lifted -verbatim- from Palin’s public speeches, and Seth Meyers wrote the rest.

      Also, Palin is a f***ing idiot hypocrite who has gleefully thrust herself into the spotlight again and again. She deserves all the ridicule we can throw at her.

      1. I’m no Sarah Palin fan (although I’m a huge fan of Tina Fey). That said, the quote that we’ve all come to know of, “I can see Russia from my house” was said by Tina Fey not Sarah Palin. It was a parody of Sarah Palin’s actual statements which where also taken way out of context. That sketch was co-written by Seth Meyers.

        We see this all the time… George W. Bush didn’t say “strategery”, George H.W. Bush wasn’t confused by a supermarket scanner, Al Gore never claimed to have invented the Internet, etc…

        The bank bailout sketch though was Tina Fey answering a question almost verbatim as Sarah Palin answered it. And that was funny because Sarah Palin has (now) a history of answering questions or going on rants where it sounds like she’s drunk and almost from the get go forgot what the question or point even was.

        1. “Al Gore never claimed to have invented the Internet, etc…”

          That is not true. He didn’t say this in the USA. He was either in Argentina or Brazil when he made the statement, trying it impress another country with his work; That video bit was aired in Japan, and it was aired in his home state of Tennessee. I got a call from my sister in TN laughing about it. But I already knew about it.

          NO., he did not say that in the US of A, He was in another country when he said that.

          1. Surely you can provide a link to where Al Gore (in any country) claimed to have “invented the Internet”. No? Gee, that’s funny.

            The fact is what he did say was on March 9, 1999 on CNN with Wolf Blitzer:
            …During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country’s economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system…

            As far as the accuracy of Gore, during his service in Congress, that’s probably best assessed by Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn, who stated, “No one in public life has been more intellectually engaged in helping to create the climate for a thriving Internet than the Vice President.”

            and…

            “Al Gore had seen what happened with the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act of 1956, which his father introduced as a military bill. It was very powerful. Housing went up, suburban boom happened, everybody became mobile. Al was attuned to the power of networking much more than any of his elective colleagues. His initiatives led directly to the commercialization of the Internet. So he really does deserve credit.”

            Even Newt Gingrich stated, “In all fairness, it’s something Gore had worked on a long time. Gore is not the Father of the Internet, but in all fairness, Gore is the person who, in the Congress, most systematically worked to make sure that we got to an Internet

  1. macOS… hmm, falls in line, who is the author kidding?
    iOS needs to be phoneOS then? No, sorry, i is not short for iPhone. And, Apple Watch should have been the iWatch. Apple Watch [as a name] sucks. As far a device? Meh.
    BORING.

    1. There was simply no way for Apple to call it the iWatch. It’s not just a matter of forking over tons of cash for the name, it was almost impossible to go through every country and the multitude of uses of the names.

      This is going to be true for Apple moving forward with most iNames now, and exactly why it’s not the iTV.

      Apple can take any product descriptive word and add it to “Apple” to give it a name that can be easily trademarked globally without issue… Apple TV, Apple Watch, Apple Music, Apple Car.

      It reinforces the brand of Apple at the same time instead of the inevitable dilution that occurs from 3rd parties using the iPrefix.

      MacOS or macOS falls in line with the rest. It’s not iPhoneOS because iOS runs on the iPad, iPod and iPhone… iDevices, thus iOS instead of including some abomination of iPadPodPhoneOS.

  2. I read in another article that Fuji is an internal codename, the actual name should be another California landmark. Besides, Fuji is already a well-recognised brand.

    1. Okay, just established that the internal codename for El Capitan was “Gala”, so the internal codenames are indeed apple varieties.

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