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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. jorgelovesheather's Avatar
      jorgelovesheather -
      That's wack
    1. EddieLeonard's Avatar
      EddieLeonard -
      touch screen mac?
      no thanks i think using a desktop os with touch is a big mistake. let ios evolve first
    1. joe747's Avatar
      joe747 -
      won't that contradict the meaning of IOS which is meant for iDevices only?
    1. Eagleye's Avatar
      Eagleye -
      I think that would be a pretty good idea to go with iOS. Yea, we all have gotten used to Mac OS, but introducing iOS and dropping Mac may bring more PC users who shy away from "Macs" into the Apple market. I hate to say it but I know a few people who say they hate "macs" and have never used them. Perhaps when a new OS name is introduced (iOS) they'll be more likely to try it out. From a marketing standpoint.. iOS Server, iOS Desktop, and iOS Mobile does sound very elegant and simple. And I have a feeling Apple might take the i-obsession to another level. We already have an iMac.. maybe they'll bring back the iBook? lol.. Eventually everything Apple will be i____. We'll just have to wait tho!
    1. mardinn's Avatar
      mardinn -
      Well the titles says already its RIP now its just digging its own grave.
    1. Ray661's Avatar
      Ray661 -
      Quote Originally Posted by joe747 View Post
      won't that contradict the meaning of IOS which is meant for iDevices only?
      didn't realize the iMac wasn't an iDevice :S
    1. Turnamental's Avatar
      Turnamental -
      I've never used a Mac. Think I'll play with one next time I go to the Apple store. OS name isn't what's going to get me though. Functionality is…
    1. Nick Hesson's Avatar
      Nick Hesson -
      Lol it wouldn't be surprising.
    1. Excel Wiz's Avatar
      Excel Wiz -
      They can call it what they want. As long as they keep coming out with great products, everyone will keep buying them no matter what the OS is called.
    1. staterunner180's Avatar
      staterunner180 -
      I don't think it would make sense to rename the OS for computers like the MacBook, MacBook Pro and Mac Pro to iOS. Since none of them begin with 'i' like all the iDevices do. The iMac sort of makes sense, but I doubt Apple will rename the OS for just one desktop.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      As long Apple keeps making good products, I don't care what it is called.
    1. Imsorussian's Avatar
      Imsorussian -
      Apple can do no wrong. Steve jobs and many if his advisors know exactly what they doing and the next apple thing will be just as big as anything else they bring to the market. Go apple
    1. iHarryDo's Avatar
      iHarryDo -
      WoW SMH
    1. iGadgetry's Avatar
      iGadgetry -
      They would have to change the name of the MacBooks to iMacBook or iBook...

      It doesn't really matter, Apple knows what they are doing...
    1. ceris7356's Avatar
      ceris7356 -
      I think that Mac OS sounds better than iOS personally. It seems more friendly than iOS
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Doesn't iOS mean iPhone OS?
    1. radiocolin's Avatar
      radiocolin -
      The fact that we can't have Mac OS X 10.10 or 10.11 is a flawed assumption. Updates for Tiger went all the way to 10.4.11.
    1. Chase817's Avatar
      Chase817 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iGadgetry View Post
      They would have to change the name of the MacBooks to iMacBook or iBook...

      It doesn't really matter, Apple knows what they are doing...
      iBook was the name of the laptop before the Macbook.
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Imsorussian View Post
      Apple can do no wrong. Steve jobs and many if his advisors know exactly what they doing and the next apple thing will be just as big as anything else they bring to the market. Go apple
      Yes, Steve knows exactly what hes doing, just like the new iPhone 4 antenna concept...

      Quote Originally Posted by ceris7356 View Post
      I think that Mac OS sounds better than iOS personally. It seems more friendly than iOS
      Hey CERIS, I think you forgot to add your MacBook color on your operating system information.
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      They've been on OS.X for nearly ten years. Given that each new iteration of that OS is given only a single decimal increase, I would assume that OS.11, or whatever it's called, must be a radical departure from the current OS, otherwise it will indeed be 10.11 (fuzzy kitten), etc...