Along the way we’ve had Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, and Lion. The next version, OS X 10.9, has yet to be revealed and the clock is ticking. Apple has promised more frequent updates to the Mac’s OS and the summer of 2013 is fast approaching.
Two questions float around in my subconscious. First, what will Apple name OS X 10.9? Second, what will Apple do for OS X 11. I sense a huge quake of change in OS X after the next cat name is released.
High on the list of expectations from among the Apple punditry for the next cat is OS X Lynx, but others could show up, including Bobcat, Cougar, or Ocelot.
Here’s my view. Bobcat and Cougar are almost the same animal. Mountain Lion and Cougar are almost the same. Ocelot just sounds silly, like Hello Kitty.
That leaves Lynx; the nimble and fast heir to the last of the big cats. I’ve already offered Alley Cat, but Apple hasn’t returned my calls.
So, what about next year when OS X turns to version 11 (which is actually the 11th version, starting from Cheetah at 10.0 to Lynx at 10.9)? With Jonny Ive running the interface show it’s likely Apple will use OS X Lynx as a bridge to something substantially new and different in OS X 10.9 in 2014.
The first developer preview for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion came about one year ago, with the final release in the summer of 2012. That means Apple needs to move soon to get a new version out the door.
I’m going with OS X 10.9 Lynx, but Alley Cat is the sentimental favorite.
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