The Perfect Name for OS X 10.9

What will Apple call OS X 10.9? Inquiring minds want to know. Apple has run through all of the big cats in the lifetime of OS X (formerly known as Mac OS X): Cheetah (10.0), Puma (10.1), Jaguar (10.2), Panther (10.3), Tiger (10.4), Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), and Mountain Lion (10.8).

Technically, there's even a couple of repeats in there, and Mac fans (and a few Apple critics, too) have long speculated on Apple's naming scheme, and the question many of us have asked is what will come after Mountain Lion? What will Apple call OS X 10.9?

Lynx? Bobcat? Maybe Manx?

Toss those ideas from your mind, because our own Jim Tanous thinks he has the answer. If you want the reveal, click the image below.

OS X 10.9?

Click the image for what Apple could call OS X 10.9.

OK, maybe keep Lynx handy. Barring a move to a new phylum altogether, Lynx may not be so bad.

Comments

MOSiX Man

OS X 10.9 will be ‘Bobcat’, modeled heavily after Microsoft Bob. As a change from the installer from 10.8, 10.9 will come on an install DVD, which will resemble a smiley face.

Actually, I could just see some Linux fans protesting Apple’s attempt to ride on Linux’s coattails, if they chose the Lynx name.

Bryan Chaffin

Yeah, there aren’t a lot of good choice, are there? I wouldn’t be too surprised to see OS XI or some other new direction. Mountain Lion could well merely be the prep work for full iOSification.

rjackb

Ocelot would be another option.

geoduck

Smilodon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smilodon
Big, ferocious, a little long in the tooth.
LOL

skipaq

Wildcat would be a good transitional name in keeping with shrinking Mac OS.

MOSiX Man

Savannah?

MOSiX Man

I don’t see ‘full iOSification’ happening for at least another couple OS X versions. Though, with the shake-up in who’s in charge of what, in the OS groups, I can see both OS X and iOS changing significantly, sooner than later.

Lee Dronick

“OS X 10.9 will be ‘Bobcat’, modeled heavily after Microsoft Bob”

More likely it will be modeled after Bobcat Goldthwait.

Cougar smile

d'monder

Cheshire Cat (as OS X gradually blurs into iOS).

SOS

Sabertooth

SOS

If the rixstep crew are correct about the bloat in OS-X, Garfield.

dswoodley

Bengal (hey it works for the football team)

Ocelot (50% of people don’t know what it is)

and I like Sabretooth despite the obvious fossil joke.

ibuck

Lynx? Ocelot? Bobcat? Sabertooth? Smilodon? Cheshire?

Are you Siri-ous ?

Lee Dronick

Good one d’monder

Erik Victory

Fancy Feast

oneof52

Damn, I’m good with Cougar.

I actually hate all the names.  System Requirements: Leopard or higher.

Which one was that??  “About This Mac” only gives a version number, not a cat!

Bob LeVitus

It’ll be called Bobcat in my honor.

grin

Aunt Edna

With OS X now on an annual release schedule, I don’t think we’ll see any more cat names.

jon

Tabby
Lolcat
Ceiling Cat

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

I would go with “Smelly Cat”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jlGRq8xZ4

Aftermac

Canon Cat

Extensor

How about Nyan cat? In tribute to the passing of the real nyan cat.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH2-TGUlwu4

iJack

Cougar?  Cougar?  I should have a woman so young!
Oy gevalt!

graxspoo

Puddy Tat

Andre

White Lion?

Bryan Chaffin

Surely if they chose that one, Andre, they could go straight to the source and call it Led Zeppelin. :D

wab95

Apple could move to a new naming scheme, for example, space exploration. They could begin with an active project, like Curiosity.

In which case, Curiosity will have killed the cat.

paikinho

Should go with something domestic…. Pixie Bob.
That could act as a segway into mythical creatures.

I’m sure Bosco would appreciate when they named a version called the Unicorn.

Bryan Chaffin

In which case, Curiosity will have killed the cat.

Bazinga! :D

paikinho

If they are going to migrate to a much more unified OSX/iOS they could use Serval   (Serve All)
Oh…well that is just bad.
Time for a snooze.
g’night all.

Andhaka

Time to change naming convention… feline names are getting a bit ridicolous in their search of a new one.

And let’s hope there no real project to full iOsificate OsX, cause that’s the day I switch to something else. :(

Cheers

Greg

How about a mythical creature like a Gryphon? That would be interesting I’d say if they would head that route.

mrmwebmax

+

Cougar won’t work. That’s the same thing as a Mountain Lion, which is 10.8, as well as the same thing that’s a Panther (10.3). I like the idea of Lynx, because it opens up the whole realm of mid-sized cat names. On a somewhat related note, I’m now using Mountain Lion 10.8 at a new job, and am pleasantly surprised that the iOS-ification of OS X (if it can be called such) isn’t bothering me at all.

As for mid-sized cat names, I hope they name an OS for the Ocelot. I was fortunate to once have the domestic equivalent in a rescued Ocicat, and he was simply awesome. smile

mrmwebmax

+

PS—A cougar is also known as a puma (10.1), in addition to a mountain lion (10.8) and a panther (10.3), so that cat has definitely run its course….

LonePalm

IN keeping with both Bryan and Bosco, I’m going with Soft Kitty.
Yeah, I know, let the gutter jokes begin.
Liking Feral Cat or Wildcat.

haymoose

Thundercat!

Liger?

Sabertooth?

ctopher

36 comments over a “news” item that is a bad joke? People! Get serious.

(That’s what I like about TMO, it’s not too serious smile )

Apple should take a lot or pride in their OS names.

Vorlon

Snow Lion

jfbiii

Puddytat

Andrew

Pussy?

cb50dc

Sylvester

KitsuneStudios

Smilodon or Sabertooth.

After all, this is the last version before Mac OS X goes extinct. (Mac OS X is dead, all hail MacOS XI )

davidneale

It has to be Lynx, as a nod to OS X users who live in Spain.

YodaMac

Does no one remember “Bill the Cat”?  oop ack!

Simon

With OS X Lynx, Apple will ship a text-only version of Safari! raspberry

Or OS X Fat Cat, since Apple are now rolling in mountains of (formerly our hard earned) cash…

Bazz

It’s not OS10.9 that is the problem but what will the next OS be OS10.10? or OS11 or OSXI?

Bonester

I was thinking of Thylacine - the scientific name for the Tasmanian Tiger although it was actually a dog with stripes and has been extinct since 1936.

Daviddc

Top Cat

again

Mac OS X 10.9 is going to be called Lynx. This is due to the expected iOS application engine that is going to be included with the release. Overall, the lines between Mac OS X and iOS are going to be more “linked” together than ever before. Hence the name OS X 10.9 Lynx.

Dr Strangelove

Felix…

TheDr

mrmwebmax

+

ctopher said:

Apple should take a lot or pride in their OS names.

Take “pride” in their big-cat-themed OS names! Love it! Am I the only one who got that???

anovelli

Thread is a testament to how bad we need comic relief…

I like Saber, Gryphon, and Krazy smile

L

Smieladon

L

Smellodon?

Jencie

OS X 10.9 should be Ocelot

Bruno

I say OS X 10.9 Nyan Cat! XD

Lucks

black panther?

TreehuggerDoug

Amused by the cougar silliness (she’s *so* cute). Seriously, I’m thinking Clouded Leopard is one legit remaining naming option, albeit a bit long.

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