Possible OS X 10.10 names discovered in trademark filings, continue with California theme

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in macOS edited June 2014
Trademark filings discovered in Trinidad and Tobago, a popular place for Apple to secretly file future naming assets, show the company's next OS X 10.10 operating system may be named OS X Sequoia, OS X Mojave, OS X Sonoma, and OS X Ventura. A WWDC banner highlighting the famous El Capitan monolith, however, points to "OS X Yosemite."


WWDC 2014 OS X banner showing El Capitan in California's Yosemite Valley. | Source: The Verge


The trademark filings were officially lodged with Trinidad and Tobago's Intellectual Property Office on Mar. 11 and cover the names "OS X Sequoia," "OS X Mojave," "OS X Sonoma," and "OS X Ventura," each of which is a well-known city or geographic feature in California. Apple is not specifically mentioned in the official documents' text, first spotted by MacRumors, though the company is thought to be behind the filings.

Interestingly, the Trinidad and Tobago marks also mention two cities by name -- Sonoma and Ventura -- instead of a geographic region or attraction like Mavericks. It is possible that Apple may move to a city-based naming convention much like those used by other tech companies as code names for working projects.

A picture posted by The Verge, seen above, shows a banner going up for Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference that appears to boast a cloud-topped view of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. A single trademark for "Yosemite" was also discovered in the offshore filings, though the date on that property doesn't match with the "OS X" marks.

Still, with El Capitan featured so prominently, it can be speculated that Apple may opt for "OS X 10.10 Yosemite." The filed trademarks may have been a smokescreen to distract away from the real name.
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  • Reply 1 of 77
    konqerrorkonqerror Posts: 685member
    LOL at Ventura. Though it is a good symbol of California: farmland being replaced by condos.
  • Reply 2 of 77
    mjtomlinmjtomlin Posts: 1,791member

    Sonoma Valley is a geographic region. Lots of old vineyards.

  • Reply 3 of 77
    konqerrorkonqerror Posts: 685member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mjtomlin View Post

     

    Sonoma Valley is a geographic region.


     

    As well as a city and county, so it could go either way.

  • Reply 4 of 77
    mjtomlinmjtomlin Posts: 1,791member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by konqerror View Post

     

     

    As well as a city, and county.


     

    It is, but the article assumes "Sonoma" is named after a city, when it would make more sense that it's actually named after the famous valley where a lot of California's original vineyards and wineries were started.

  • Reply 5 of 77
    jfc1138jfc1138 Posts: 3,090member

    "OS X Silicon" ?

     

    If there going to do valleys..... like Sonoma and Yosemite.

  • Reply 6 of 77
    macinthe408macinthe408 Posts: 1,050member
    Yosemite. That's awesome. I was there last week and they should name every Apple product after a feature there.

    Half Dome
    Glacier Point
    Happy Isles
    Ahwanee
    Bathroom near Curry Village where I banged my GF
    Tuolomne Meadows
  • Reply 7 of 77
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    mjtomlin wrote: »
    It is, but the article assumes "Sonoma" is named after a city, when it would make more sense that it's actually named after the famous valley where a lot of California's original vineyards and wineries were started.

    Regardless of which of these etymologies is correct, if any, the term referred to the valley well before the city and county were formed.

    The phrase "Valley of the Moon" was first recorded in an 1850 report by General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo to the California Legislature.

    According to Jack London, who had a ranch there, the Native American word Sonoma means "valley of the moon." He used it for his book of the same name. But there are several other possible translations for Sonoma. According to the Miwok tribes that lived in the valley, and the Pomo, it meant "valley of the moon" or "many moons". White settlers may have accidentally translated the words "many moons" into "valley of moons". Miwok legends say that the moon seemingly rose from this valley, or was "nestled" in the valley, or may have even sprung up multiple times in one night.

    In the native languages there is also a constantly recurring ending tso-noma, from tso, the earth; and noma, village; hence tsonoma, "earth village."Other sources say Sonoma comes from the Patwin tribes west of the Sacramento River, and their Wintu word for "nose". Per California Place Names, "the name is doubtless derived from a Patwin word for 'nose', which Padre Arroyo (Vocabularies, p. 22) gives as sonom (Suisun)."

    Spaniards may have found an Indian chief with a prominent protuberance and applied the nickname of Chief Nose to the village and the territory. The name may have applied originally to a nose-shaped geographic feature.


    Look at that, even a banner can lead to learning about things we otherwise may have never discussed.
  • Reply 8 of 77

    If Apple were naming the next version of OS X after places in New Mexico, we could be using OS X Truth or Consequences, just rolls right off the tongue.

  • Reply 9 of 77
    munglermungler Posts: 13member
    Ace! Ventura.
  • Reply 10 of 77
    mpantonempantone Posts: 1,347member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by RegurgitatedCoprolite View Post

     

    If Apple were naming the next version of OS X after places in New Mexico, we could be using OS X Truth or Consequences, just rolls right off the tongue.


    There is a California town called Weed, mentioned in John Steinbeck's classic "Of Mice and Men" as the place the two protagonists were fleeing from.

     

    Of course, weed has picked up some other colloquial meanings along the way.

     

    OS X Weed. Could be quite inspirational, if not particularly motivating. ;) :smokey: :D 

  • Reply 11 of 77
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,574member
    Can't wait for OS X Compton.
  • Reply 12 of 77
    inklinginkling Posts: 731member
    Great national parks would make a good naming convention now that great cat names are almost exhausted. But I hope they'll include parks outside California. Nothing on the planet comes close to Yellowstone.
  • Reply 13 of 77
    dsddsd Posts: 178member

    Good luck to anyone who wants to bitch about OSX10.10

     

  • Reply 14 of 77
    eriamjheriamjh Posts: 1,081member
    Yosemite ws the first powerMac G4, wasn't it?

    I'll wait for OSX Sawtooth.
  • Reply 15 of 77
    mpantonempantone Posts: 1,347member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Inkling View Post



    Great national parks would make a good naming convention now that great cat names are almost exhausted. But I hope they'll include parks outside California. Nothing on the planet comes close to Yellowstone.

    Apple is a California company, that's why they choosing the name of inspirational California places.

     

    Perhaps some Wyoming electronics company can use Yellowstone as a marketing name.

     

    Don't hold your breath if you're waiting for Apple to run out of inspirational California names.

     

    They still need to release:

     

    OS X Devil's Postpile

    OS X Badwater Basin

    OS X Donner Pass

    OS X Death Valley

     

    amongst others... :) 

  • Reply 16 of 77
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    eriamjh wrote: »
    Yosemite ws the first powerMac G4, wasn't it?


    700
  • Reply 17 of 77
    bluestonebluestone Posts: 53member
    If we can rashly speculate that 10.10 will be the last version of OS X before OS XI rears its head - so the end of the road - then the town of ZZYZX in San Bernardino County is the only possible name for it.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zzyzx,_California
  • Reply 18 of 77
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    Originally Posted by jungmark View Post



    Can't wait for OS X Compton.

    Yes, Ventura is also a county.

     

    Other nice California names:

    Zzyzx

    Cucamonga

    Paradise

     

    Quote:


    Trinidad and Tobago, a popular place for Apple to secretly file future naming assets, show the company's next OS X 10.10 operating system may....


    Popular?  Something not quite right with that phrasing...

    That's like saying Cupertino is a popular place for Apple Headquarters.

  • Reply 19 of 77
    dreyfus2dreyfus2 Posts: 1,067member
    Geez, "El Capitan" for OS X and water for iOS 8... Tomorrow Munster will tell us that Apple's new hardware will be yachts, and Kuo will make a case for budget yachts to cater to developing markets.
  • Reply 20 of 77
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    Yes, Ventura is also a county.

    Other nice California names:
    Zzyzx
    Cucamonga
    Paradise

    Popular?  Something not quite right with that phrasing...
    That's like saying Cupertino is a popular place for Apple Headquarters.

    I was going to post about Zzyzx earlier but decided against it. Interesting etymology and a nifty trivia fact if you look up the movie Zzyzx Road.
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