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May 24, 2012
Why The Next Version of OS X After Mountain Lion Wouldn’t Be Named After a Cat
Up until Mountain Lion (10.8), Mac OS X’s 'wild cat' code names kept on evolving from Cheetah to Puma, from Jaguar to Panther and then from Tiger to Leopard. Once OS X Lion hit, it seemed Apple had peaked, with no bigger lions to choose from, but then Cupertino managed to suprise everyone with Mountain Lion.
Now what? As the brilliant webcomic XKCD makes clear, not a lot of good cat names are left, once you count out code names that have already been tech products, like Lynx or Ocelot. Mac OS X Housecat? Please.
I’ll take Mac OS X Saber-Toothed Jungle Cat, though.