With Mountain Lion, Apple officially drops 'Mac' from OS X name

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After priming the transition with "OS X" trademark applications years ago, Apple has now confirmed that the word "Mac" is no longer part of the name of its flagship desktop operating system.



The unveiling of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion on Thursday represented a marked change in Apple's marketing strategy. The Cupertino, Calif., company has preferred the shortened OS X moniker for some time now, but the company is now making the switch to the new name official.



Twitter user David Connell pointed out that the developer preview of Mountain Lion dropped the "Mac" name from the About This Mac page within the operating system. The latest public version of OS X Lion, version 10.7.3, still lists the system as running "Mac OS X."



Apple subsequently confirmed the official name change to The Verge on Thursday, noting that the preferred full name is "OS X Mountain Lion."





Credit: David Connell







The change does not appear to reflect a de-emphasis on the Mac, though, as Apple has voiced its continued commitment to the computing platform and is actually increasing the frequency of software updates by introducing an annual release schedule for OS X.



Mountain Lion does, however, continue a trend that brings iOS and OS X closer together with increased cross-platform integration and feature sharing. Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an interview Thursday that he views the two operating systems as "one with incremental functionality." He also left open the possibility that Macs and iOS devices may someday run on the same processor architecture.



"We think about everything. We don't close things off," he said.











OS X 10.8 will add over a hundred new features to the the Mac operating system when it arrives this summer. Notable additions include Messages, which will replace iChat; several core iOS apps such as Notes, Reminders and Game Center that will be brought back to the Mac; AirPlay Mirroring to an Apple TV and a new application-monitoring security feature called Gatekeeper.



AppleInsider discovered Apple's "OS X" trademark application in early 2009 after it was filed in Trinidad and Tobago in 2008. At the time, the company was working to differentiate its Mac operating system from its iPhone OS.





The image accompanying Apple's "OS X" trademark filings.







The United States Patent and Trademark Office lists an application from Apple for the "OS X" mark as having been filed on Nov. 12, 2008. The registration date is listed as Nov. 1, 2011.



Apple's name change for OS X has drawn comparisons to two other instances in the company's history. In June 2010, Apple dropped the word "phone" from its iOS because the mobile operating system ran on other non-phone devices such as the iPod touch and the iPad. Also, in 2007, Apple signaled its commitment to the post-PC era by removing "Computer" from its name to re-brand itself as "Apple, Inc." At the time, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs said traditional computing had become just one part of the company's business as it was joined by newer product lines like the iPod and iPhone.



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  • Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    After priming the transition with "OS X" trademark applications years ago, Apple has now confirmed that the word "Mac" is no longer part of the name of its flagship desktop operating system.








    Pretty soon, the Mac will just like a big iPod Touch.
  • applezillaapplezilla Posts: 941member
    Hmm. I wonder when my .mac email address will be a relic of history.



    'What's your email address?'



    'xxxxx@mac.com'



    'What's mac?
  • solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    Off Topic: I'm surprised Apple is still using the old About This Mac window. Even more surprised that if you click More Info you get the new About This Mac window. Seems so un-Apple-like.
  • originalmacratoriginalmacrat Posts: 297member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleZilla View Post


    Hmm. I wonder when my .mac email address will be a relic of history.



    It has been a relic already for a couple of years.



    Replaced when MobileMe came out.
  • tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 40,379member
    Right, instead of my usual mockery of the fake implications of something like this, I'm going to pose a hypothetical.



    Yeah, they're removing Mac from the name. Because the OS doesn't just apply to Macs anymore.



    They're not bringing iOS to the Mac, they're bringing the Mac to iOS devices. They're going the OPPOSITE way in terms of functionality.



    How's that?
  • slurpyslurpy Posts: 4,537member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by I am a Zither Zather Zuzz View Post


    Pretty soon, the Mac will just like a big iPod Touch.



    You forgot the /s.



    I hope.
  • razorpitrazorpit Posts: 812member
    I guess as long as the Mac is still called the Mac, its not that big of a deal to me. Plus referring to the two OS' as iOS and OSX sounds a little better in print. Guess we're one step closer to the hybrid OS we all know is coming.
  • cyberoidcyberoid Posts: 17member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    Right, instead of my usual mockery of the fake implications of something like this, I'm going to pose a hypothetical.



    Yeah, they're removing Mac from the name. Because the OS doesn't just apply to Macs anymore.



    They're not bringing iOS to the Mac, they're bringing the Mac to iOS devices. They're going the OPPOSITE way in terms of functionality.



    How's that?



    Wishful thinking. It goes against market logic, which calls the shots at Apple now that its shareholders far more than its engineers or customers are its primary focus. I wonder on which side Steve Jobs would be found, were he still with us. But it no longer matters.
  • nagrommenagromme Posts: 2,834member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by I am a Zither Zather Zuzz View Post


    Pretty soon, the Mac will just like a big iPod Touch.



    You may be reading too much into this. What about this name change, or today’s Mountain Lion announcements, removes anything Mac-like about using using OS X? What significant features have been lost, in your view, as the Mac moves towards being an iPod?



    I’m genuinely curious, because you’re definitely not alone in your fear; whereas all I see is great tech from iOS being added to OS X, making the Mac better than ever. I don’t see the evidence of this problem that seems so huge to many people.





    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    Right, instead of my usual mockery of the fake implications of something like this, I'm going to pose a hypothetical.



    Yeah, they're removing Mac from the name. Because the OS doesn't just apply to Macs anymore.



    They're not bringing iOS to the Mac, they're bringing the Mac to iOS devices. They're going the OPPOSITE way in terms of functionality.



    How's that?



    Won’t happen, thank goodness. iOS is different because it’s made for touchscreens. The two OS’s should share things and they will—but they should, and will, remain separate. Putting OS X on an iPad would make the iPad so much worse! And iOS already IS OS X brought to touch devices. That’s how it was created. Apple wouldn’t backtrack on such a great leap forward.



    Someday, OS X may gain pervasive direct touch, when pro workstations can be (partly?) touch-based AND be genuinely better than the old way. I predict Macs that lie flat on a desk, very wide but not very deep (too tiring to reach far away). We’re talking a long ways off, though.



    I think they’re just shortening the name because “Max OS X Mountain Lion” sounds too much like a Microsoft-style mouthful!
  • dpnorton82dpnorton82 Posts: 63member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by razorpit View Post


    I guess as long as the Mac is still called the Mac, its not that big of a deal to me. Plus referring to the two OS' as iOS and OSX sounds a little better in print. Guess we're one step closer to the hybrid OS we all know is coming.



    AppleOS
  • tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 40,379member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by nagromme View Post


    Won?t happen, thank goodness. iOS is different because it?s made for touchscreens. The two OS?s should share things and they will?but they should, and will, remain separate. Putting OS X on an iPad would make the iPad so much worse! And iOS already IS OS X brought to touch devices. That?s how it was created. Apple wouldn?t backtrack on such a great leap forward.p



    Oh no, I don't mean that! I mean to say that instead of a dumbing down of the existing desktop OS paradigm to incorporate a fully multitouch system, I believe that this could be an indicator of a smartening-up of iOS to receive a more fleshed-out portable experience on the way to the convergence of the two as OS XI.
  • aizmovaizmov Posts: 987member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by I am a Zither Zather Zuzz View Post


    Pretty soon, the Mac will just like a big iPod Touch.



    System 1

    System 2

    System 3

    System 4

    System 5

    System 6

    System 7
  • suddenly newtonsuddenly newton Posts: 13,091member
    Interesting. I take it to mean that Apple is transitioning to a device company, and that OS X will soon power more devices, such as, um. AppleTV? They already dropped the word "Computer" from the company's name a while back.
  • suddenly newtonsuddenly newton Posts: 13,091member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleZilla View Post


    Hmm. I wonder when my .mac email address will be a relic of history.



    'What's your email address?'



    'xxxxx@mac.com'



    'What's mac?



    That's only if they drop the name "Mac" from iMac, MacBook, Mac Mini, Mac Pro => i, Book, Mini, Pro.
  • afrodriafrodri Posts: 181member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by nagromme View Post


    Y I predict Macs that lie flat on a desk, very wide but not very deep (too tiring to reach far away). We?re talking a long ways off, though.



    That sounds unergonomic. Looking down at a desk for long periods is uncomfortable.
  • slurpyslurpy Posts: 4,537member
    This confirms that Apple plans to kill the Mac, just like how Apple killed the iPhone when it changed its OS from iPhone OS to iOS.
  • solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    Perfect response, Slurpy.
  • tinman0tinman0 Posts: 168member
    Don't see why this is significant. I never knew System 7 as Macintosh System 7, so why is everyone getting so upset that OSX is no longer Mac OSX?



    What other commercial systems other than Macintosh run OSX?
  • daharderdaharder Posts: 1,580member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    They're not bringing iOS to the Mac, they're bringing the Mac to iOS devices. They're going the OPPOSITE way in terms of functionality.



    How's that?







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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Slurpy View Post


    This confirms that Apple plans to kill the Mac, just like how Apple killed the iPhone when it changed its OS from iPhone OS to iOS.



    Not even remotely similar... as the sole reason for the iPhone OS to iOS name change was because they were now using the 'mobile' operating system on devices other than the iPhone.
  • 2oh12oh1 Posts: 476member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post


    Off Topic: I'm surprised Apple is still using the old About This Mac window. Even more surprised that if you click More Info you get the new About This Mac window. Seems so un-Apple-like.



    Whoa. When did THAT happen? 10.7.3? I'd swear the old way was still there in Lion last year. It is somewhat clunky. I love Apple, but I'm amazed by how many awkward bits of UI they never get around to cleaning up.
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