Originally Posted by solipsism
Which is likely why it’s confusing. The posters here and elsewhere are not all applying the same definition to OS X, which allows for a loss of communication.
I pointed out that even Apple has used the “X’ to denote the iPhone OS back in 2007 and have themselves used the basic “OS X” to refer to the OS, not the OS specifically for Macs. Perhaps it’s there fault for switching it up sometime in 2008 and not having a firm marketing handle on the terms, but that doesn’t resolve the communication problem that now results.
Yes, although they've been pretty consistent since the earlier ambiguity. It seems clear that they'd prefer that we think of the iPhone OS as its own thing.
I understood your post after I stopped and reread it, but most posters aren’t as clear as you in writing. Some are just downright ambiguous.
Right, it's that ambiguity that I was originally lamenting.
Yep, but again, they seem to have settled on "iPhone OS" since then. I dare say the tablet will either use that or "Tablet OS" or "iPhone OS Tablet Edition" or something. I seriously doubt they'll let "OS X" get anywhere near it.
Q: If we are to refer to the Mac OS simply as OS X and never refer to the iPhone OS with an ‘X’ then what do we call the blanket Darwin OS with all the included frameworks, etc?
Excellent question. Maybe "The OS X Family"? "The OSes Formerly Know as X"? Actually, I'm not adverse to "Mac OS X" as being the desktop designation with "OS X" being reserved for the whole squad, but that doesn't help much with the confusion that people seem to have.