Apple Officially Drops 'Mac' Name from OS X Mountain Lion

With the launch of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion in the middle of last year, Apple was clearly trending towards dropping the 'Mac' From 'Mac OS X', which has been the name of the Macintosh operating system for more than 10 years.

Though it still used the 'Mac OS X' naming scheme in press releases, Apple called the new system 'OS X Lion' on both the main product webpage and the Mac App Store product page [Direct Link].


As The Verge points out, Apple has completed the transition to 'OS X' across both the Mountain Lion product pages, and the press release announcing the developer preview.

We confirmed the official name change with Apple, who told us that the preferred full name is "OS X Mountain Lion".

The Macintosh (as Tim Cook prefers to call it) brand is still alive and well, though Apple seems to be focusing that term on hardware, instead of software.

Lion was the beginning of a unification of sorts between the Mac OS and iOS. It was, as Steve Jobs put it, what would happen if a MacBook Air and an iPad "hooked up". iOS is based on Mac OS X and, at a fundamental level, there are more similarities than differences between the two operating systems. Dropping 'Mac' completely from the name of the OS solidifies the subtle, but important, distinction between hardware and software.

OS X Mountain Lion is expected to be released later this year.

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111 months ago
Not a fan of dropping the Mac. :(


So what will it say under the  about this OS...
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111 months ago
This is exactly like when "iPhone OS" was renamed to "iOS".
Something's coming.
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111 months ago
This concerns me.
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111 months ago
maybe fix the extreme bugginess of Lion first?!
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111 months ago

Yeah, why drop "Mac" if the products Mountain Lion will run on are still Macs? MacBook Air, iMac, MacBook Pro, etc...


I hope they just leave Macbook a Macbook and it wont be iSomething;)
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111 months ago
Why do I get the sinking feeling that I'm going to hate Mountain Lion even more than I hate Lion? :(
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