Apple Slips, Refers to OS X as MacOS

NicoleMotta - April 15, 2016 - 10:19 AM

Apple Slips, Refers to OS X as MacOS

On a support page this week, Apple referred to its desktop operating system as MacOS, implying planned rebranding.

In the FAQ section of Apple's Environment page, which was updated this week for Earth Day 2016, a paragraph of text mislabeled OS X as MacOS. The mistake was still visible on Thursday, but Apple has since changed it to OS X. This blunder was first spotted by 9to5Mac, which notes that the misnomer may either have been accidental, or may reveal something about the company's future plans. Currently, Apple has OS X, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS as its operating systems, making OS X the odd one out. It would make sense for Apple to rebrand OS X as MacOS, as the "X" existed for two reasons: the OS' connection to UNIX, and the number 10 (as OS X launched after Mac OS 9). Apple's current Mac operating system is OS X 10.11, or El Capitan. With the next major update, Apple could rebrand OS X to MacOS or macOS, which would be more in line with the other systems.

This is not the first time Apple's OS X has been called MacOS. Last month, an OS X 10.11.4 framework was discovered with the macOS naming scheme. This framework fueled ongoing speculation that the new Mac operating system would be rebranded. Developers often use macOS identifiers in filenames and code for convenience, according to 9to5Mac. Apple recently released the first developer beta of OS X 10.11.5, so the company is expected to have at least one more release under the OS X name. Apple could announce the name change at WWDC this year; the company has not formally announced the event, though it is expected to take place in June.

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