Why The Next Version Of OS X After Mountain Lion Won’t Be Named After A Cat



Up until Mountain Lion, OS X’s “Cat” codenames kept on evolving from Cheetah to Puma to Jaguar to Panther to Tiger to Leopard. Once Lion hit, it seemed Apple had peaked, with no bigger lions to choose from, but then Cupertino surprised everyone with Mountain Lion.

Where to next, then? As the brilliant webcomic XKCD makes clear, there’s not a lot of good cat names yet, once you count out code names that have already been tech products, like Lynx or Ocelot. OS X Housecat? Please.

I’ll take OS X Saber-Toothed Jungle Cat though. Yes please.

Source: XKCD
Via: Gizmodo]

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28 responses to “Why The Next Version Of OS X After Mountain Lion Won’t Be Named After A Cat”

  1. jabloggy says:

    OSX Mr. Meowington?

  2. Fernando Teixeira says:


  3. mr_bee says:

    I love XKCD but this is a bit inaccurate.  

    A Cougar and a Mountain Lion are the exact same beast.  As are Jaguars and Leopards. 
    Once you bring that into it, it’s clear that Apple is not above using the same beast multiple times but using different colloquial monikers for same.  That means the number of cat names left is actually more like a dozen or so at least.  
    It further assumes that they won’t get into using made up cat names like “Wildcat.” 
  4. GuidaiPad says:

    OS X Longcat

  5. Jackie Arns-Rossi says:

    OS X Calico.

    Because if you have never seen a pissed off calico, you have no idea what fear is.
  6. Thomas Kaarup says:


  7. Tallest_Skil says:

    Except you guys know absolutely nothing and have apparently forgotten they have Cougar and Lynx trademarked already.

  8. marsk says:

    OSX Hello Kitty ^_^

  9. marsk says:

    OSX Hello Kitty ^_^

  10. snarfblat says:

    OSX Tabby would be great. :)

  11. John Wright says:

    OS X Thundercat

  12. mbconwell says:

    Obviously, they need to make a future version named:  OS X Clouded Leopard

  13. boostfd says:

    OSX Pussy

  14. Cassio Magalhaes says:

    OS X Lion King then upgrading to OS X Hakuna Matata

  15. thegraphicmac says:

    OS X SaberTooth could work… but I’m bored with the cat code names. Time for them to come up with a new theme

  16. ApplePr0n says:

    Liger would be hilarious haha

  17. joewaylo says:

    Tiglon, White Lion, White Tiger

  18. joewaylo says:

     Thundercats hoah! Oh wait. That’s taken by the Cartoon Network.

    OS X Thundercat

  19. baby_Twitty says:

    Yep. Your eyes are not lying to you.

    Welcome to Mac OSX Hello Kitty.

    Which will be followed by…

  20. Bob BRent says:

    >Thomas Kaarup

    3:02PM Posts: 3Member -1



    Thomas, thanks for suggesting my namesake, but you forgot my Cousin Tom… Cat. 


  21. MaxTremors says:

    Jaguars and Leopards are not the same. They are two different species.

  22. Macnetar says:

    OS X Liger. What’s a liger?
    It’s pretty much my favorite animal. It’s like a lion and a tiger mixed… bred for its skills in magic.

  23. Max66 says:

    I would call the next one: “Sea Lion” which would allow Apple to change
    from cats to sea creatures. This would also likely coincide with the
    OSX/iOS “merge”

  24. Modernmario says:

    LOL guys Apple actually gives us hints in OSX of what the new operating sustem’s name will be… with every release, if you go check the given desktop images, in system preferences (there where you change your screensaver) under you’ll see the animals, currently in Lion you’ll see an Elephant and a Zebra… I’m sure Apple is going to go the BIG FIVE route from now on i.e. OSX Zebra, OSX Elephant, OSX Rhino, OSX White Rhino, OSX Black Rhino. It’s been like that since Tiger with each upgrade if you check the desktop images the current animal falls away and get replaced with the up and coming animal… I would know I worked for Apple….   

  25. Stuart_Gordon says:

    I suspect it will be Lynx, but I have another suggestion. A long shot, but inspired by a comment I read on a Macworld comment.

    Check it out on my blog and let me know what you think :)


  26. rahulbsb says:

    Considering that they wud continue with cat naming convention, there is huge chance for OS X 10.9 to be named as OS X Liger…A Liger has the best of both worlds i.e. a Lion and a Tiger..
    Otherwise they cud call it OS X Smilodon.. Its an extinct ice-age ferocious cat. A Smilodon is a specific type of Saber-tooth.

  27. Boom Bit_cuh says:

    OS X Mavericks? It would be a great name.

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