Unfortunately, I do. The first Mac OS X public beta was code name Kodiak and the first release, version 10.0 was Cheetah. After that the cat names ruled until Mac OS X Mountain Lion at 10.8; the last of the big cats. What’s next?
Mac OS X 10.1 marks the first cat name attached to a Mac OS for the public. Mac OS X Puma. In sequence, the next 14 versions made it down to the latest– macOS Mojave, or 10.14, with names of California destinations since Mavericks, then Yosemite, El Capitan, Sierra, and High Sierra.
What’s coming for macOS 10.15? The country’s most populated state has plenty of attractions so Apple is not likely to run out of names too soon.
No, I doubt if Apple will launch macOS 10.15 as Bakersfield. I like the ring of Santa Monica, though. So, I devoted a few minutes to an ever growing list of names Apple could use for macOS 101.5, due to be announced at next week’s WWDC.
- Half Moon Bay – why not? It’s a popular surfing spot and not that far from Silicon Valley
- Mammoth – maybe Apple has some huge new features in store for macOS 10.15 but a Mammoth was a large and ugly beast, very slow, and also extinct.
- Monterey – this should be higher on the list but seems to fit, right?
- Cupertino – yeah, it’s on a list and got dropped faster than a Samsung folding phone
- Napa Valley – yes, this is my wife’s favorite California destination, so why not?
- Death Valley – uh, probably not, but I wanted the list to be longer than three or four
- High Mojave – this keeps it in the series of Sierra and High Sierra (is there a High Mojave?)
- San Francisco – if this gets chosen as a new name for macOS, then you know what comes next
- Los Angeles – sure; the Mac OS has become a mess of components that don’t work
- La Brea – if we’re going into sprawling urban areas, why not something soft and sticky?
- San Jose – I like the sound of it, but Apple is about Cupertino, but do you know the way?
- Sequoia – California is packed with trees; Joshua Tree, Redwood, et al
- Big Sur – we drove through there many years ago on a driving trip from LA to SF
A number of other names did not make the cut off list; Oxnard, Ventura, Long Beach, Palo Alto (almost made it). Apple should give consideration to simply dropping the versions; from 10.15 to just 15. That works. So does macOS 11. Keep it simple. How about macOS 2020?