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  • RIP Mac OS? Not So Fast...

    HardMac, the French site with a spotty-to-OK track record for insider leaks, is claiming that Apple is considering letting go of the name "Mac OS" for its desktop and server operating systems, switching to "iOS" for all its platforms. Coming a couple of days after a rumor about an Apple "special event" to introduce a touchscreen able to run iOS, though, this might indicate that OS convergence is a hot topic of discussion at One Infinite Loop. Or, you know, not

    Using a very hand-wavey sort of phrasing ("Apple might be deciding about a totally new branding for its OS"), HardMac's report seems to be suggesting that even the discussion may or may not be happening, so it's probably fair to put this one in the hearsay file. The only reason I find it worth noting is the fact that we're only three major updates away from decision time on what to call the successor to Mac OS X 10.9. Will it be "Mac OS X 11" (ten eleven)? Mac OS XI? Given that Apple's cut the Macintosh name down to just "Mac," and bestowed it on only the notebook and workstation product lines, it's not unreasonable to think they may be willing to cut all ties to 1984 before too much longer. And the suggested new OS family names - iOS Server, iOS Desktop and iOS Mobile - do have a certain ring to them. But at this point, it's all guesswork.

    Meanwhile, a story in LOOPrumors this week (picked up by Boy Genius Report among others), claiming that an iOS-enabled touchscreen iMac will be announced in 60 days, is on a little more solid ground. We've been hearing about touchscreen Macs for a while, and Apple's taken out myriad patents for multi-touch gestures. If you add all that to Steve Jobs's recent statements about "the post-PC era," it makes sense that we'll see a touchscreen Mac sooner rather than later… though 60 days is probably sooner than sooner.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: RIP Mac OS? Not So Fast... started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      I'll use my iMac until I can't anymore without upgrading, then sell it and just buy a windows device to keep my freedoms that ios has slowly taken away.
    1. SnowLeo's Avatar
      SnowLeo -
      just another step closer to that 3d projection display with a built in laser keyboard that apple has all of the patents for but makes the world wait 30 years
    1. bignighttrain's Avatar
      bignighttrain -
      Can't wait to be able to touch my MacBook like my iPad or iPhone maybe they'll through in a retna display too apple is da shizznit.
    1. eoa6's Avatar
      eoa6 -
      Isn't IOS registered to Cisco ?
    1. Jay Marcase's Avatar
      Jay Marcase -
      Converging iOS with Mac OS would not only completely destroy the history behind the name, it'll alienate those who use Macs for purposes other than surfing the web and listening to music. In my opinion the farther Apple keeps these two away the better. In the computer world iOS is communist China and Mac OS is Canada.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      I hope Mac OS X doesn't come to be known as "iOS", doesn't sound right at all. Macintosh OS X sounds soooo damn cool.
      Mac OS X Mobile...
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      I really enjoy the idea of a touch enabled desktop. Can't wait to get all the "it's just a huge itouch" commentors though.
    1. law111's Avatar
      law111 -
      Quote Originally Posted by joe747 View Post
      won't that contradict the meaning of IOS which is meant for iDevices only?
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by eoa6 View Post
      Isn't IOS registered to Cisco ?
      They made an agreement that they could use it for the iDevices. So hopefully they don't go all out and do like they did with Apple vs Apple. And say they will stay out of the music business as long as they can use the name because that worked out well.
    1. talbott's Avatar
      talbott -
      i honestly dont see the difference