Apple has a thing about names. At least, macOS and OS X names. Remember Kodiak? Not many do, but it was the Mac OS X beta name from the last century. From then forward, Apple decided cat names were the cat’s meow, starting with Cheetah and ending with High Sierra.
Here’s the list (with code names in parentheses):
- OS X 10 beta: Kodiak
- OS X 10.0: Cheetah
- OS X 10.1: Puma
- OS X 10.2: Jaguar
- OS X 10.3 Panther (Pinot)
- OS X 10.4 Tiger (Merlot)
- OS X 10.4.4 Tiger (Chardonnay)
- OS X 10.5 Leopard (Chablis)
- OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
- OS X 10.7 Lion (Barolo)
- OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion (Zinfandel)
- OS X 10.9 Mavericks (Cabernet)
- OS X 10.10: Yosemite (Syrah)
- OS X 10.11: El Capitan (Gala)
- macOS 10.12: Sierra (Fuji)
- macOS 10.13: High Sierra
We are days and hours away from macOS 10.14. What’s the next name for macOS? I have a list.
Apple has filed trademark applications for a few names which would continue the trend from Mavericks, the first non-cat Mac OS X name.
What other names could Apple use and still maintain the California motif? These were Apple trademarks that were abandoned in the past.
- Big Sur
Here are a few more California-based names to consider. Just remember, Apple will not consider these.
- Half Moon Bay (too risky)
- Bakersfield (too baked)
- Malibu (too much Malibu Barbie)
- Palm Springs (too old, too laid back)
- Napa Valley (too much alcohol)
- Santa Monica (I don’t expect a city name)
- Mount Shasta (too soft drink-like)
- Salton Sea (weird place)
- Coachella Valley (too much history)
- Laguna Beach (this one grows on me)
- Death Valley (bottom of the barrel)
What’s on your list?