Apple drops the 'Mac' from OS X

Apple today announced Mountain Lion, a new version of their popular desktop OS that comes with a slew of new tablet-based features for the desktop. Some noticed, however, that the company had also stopped calling it "Mac OS X," instead choosing to call it "OS X Mountain Lion."

The Verge confirmed that Apple has dropped the "Mac" part of the name and prefers Mountain Lion from here on to be called "OS X Mountain Lion." Apple is using the "Mac" brand to specifically talk about hardware now, similar to how Apple seperated iOS out from the iPhone and iPad a few years back.

It's obvious that simple is better for Apple, and we're sure the change will cause less confusion for potential Apple buyers. What's interestinfg is that Apple actually ditched the "Mac" in OS X when Lion came out last year, and the branding was also absent from the App Store. Mountain Lion marks the completion of that transition.

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This is clearly in light of the obvious path for tablet computing. Soon the iPad will be running full OSX just as Windows Tablets will be running full versions of Windows 8.
Just a prediction..

Isn't a mountain lion technically a panther? They already used panther, so is this a rerelease? Then again, I think they used puma for 10.1, which is also a panther. At this rate, 10.9 will be called cougar, which is also a panther.

Sonic. said,
Maybe Apple is considering to release OS X for the PC, hence dropping the "Mac" attribute *snickers*

Nope. They're more likely planning to put iOS on the Mac. Soon iMacs will just be big iPads with a keyboard.

protocol7 said,

Nope. They're more likely planning to put iOS on the Mac. Soon iMacs will just be big iPads with a keyboard.


Is Apple attempting to lock out features and gimp their systems?

protocol7 said,

Nope. They're more likely planning to put iOS on the Mac. Soon iMacs will just be big iPads with a keyboard.


So. Not. This. The day this happens I'll go back to Windows. Further iOS influence on OS X will be the end of my usage, hell I refuse to get 10.7

Alladaskill17 said,
Further iOS influence on OS X will be the end of my usage, hell I refuse to get 10.7

If your comment were about Windows 8 all the Metroheads would now tell you how you're wrong and how this is obviously better than sliced bread and the future of how computers work.

what happens when version 11 arrives? I think they'll dump the name OS X and only the name iOS will remain

2III7 said,
what happens when version 11 arrives? I think they'll dump the name OS X and only the name iOS will remain
Considering the jumps between each point version of OS X, 11 would have to be a radical change and only an iOS merge would make sense.

This just smells like a fishy implementation on OS X to all devices including iPad, much like Microsoft is trying to do with Windows.

That's more coherence with their mobile side of business. iOS, OS X.
Quite similar to Microsoft's strategy. W8, WP8.

FMH said,
That's more coherence with their mobile side of business. iOS, OS X.
Quite similar to Microsoft's strategy. W8, WP8.

so apple is copying microsoft?

green_link said,

so apple is copying microsoft?

To be precise, this was the way technology was headed. Unification of platforms.

FMH said,
That's more coherence with their mobile side of business. iOS, OS X.

I suppose, but it sort of implies ownership of 'OS' as a brand, which is a bit weird.

Kirkburn said,

I suppose, but it sort of implies ownership of 'OS' as a brand, which is a bit weird.

Didn't you hear that Apple invented the idea of an OS? At least I'm sure they have a patent and the named trademarked.

lt8480 said,

Didn't you hear that Apple invented the idea of an OS? At least I'm sure they have a patent and the named trademarked.

lol this cracked me up