For a brief amount of time, Apple’s Environmental Q&A webpage contained what could be a big hint, a possible tease, an Easter egg, a devious clue … or maybe just an honest mistake.
Rumors have long led to speculation that Apple’s naming convention for its operating systems could extend to OS X, which would bring it more in line with iOS, tvOS and watchOS.
And while Apple won’t unveil its new Mac operating system until June’s Worldwide Developers Conference, we might already have learned its new name: MacOS.
Apple made a temporary mention Thursday of MacOS on its environmental page, which you can see in the paragraph below. As of Friday morning, the reference has been changed to OS X.
And according to this MacRumors article from late last month, this isn’t the first mention of the potential for a MacOS designation.
Previously, OS X had named each updated release after large cats and beginning in 2013, Apple named the following iterations after California landmarks. It’s unclear how the switch to MacOS would affect this tradition, but it would seem to make sense for Apple to have a unified naming convention. iOS, tvOS and watchOS allow for a more boring simple numeric title which is currently at iOS 9.3.1, watchOS 2.2 and tvOS 9.2.
What do you think? Is it time for a naming change? Let us know in the comments section.