Out of the box?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by bonha, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. bonha macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2012
    I've read many posts/blogs joking about the name of OSX 10.9.

    If I were to name the next Mac OS, it'll be simply OS X 9. After all, X already means "10".

    And after the 2013 Mac OS, the one released in 2014 could be even more simple and minimal in the name such as OS 10? Like the equally simple names of iOS 5/6/7..

    Cannot get it why people focus on the cat name so much. But hey again, I'm over-thinking the name myself :)
  2. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    OS X is the brand name of the Operating System, and yes, you're right that the X is a Roman numeral. However, when discussing particular versions, the formal versioning is "10.x.y", where 10 represents the OS's place in the succession from previous "Classic" Mac OSes, such 7, 8 and 9; x represents the OS X major release number, which also has a "cat" brand name; and y is the point release for updates.

    So the next OS version will be OS X, version 10.9 (.0). It will also have a cat brand name.

    Apple did somewhat race through the numbers in the Classic days, in order to get to 9 before releasing 10 (X). It's conceivable that after 9, they may revise or alter the numbering strategy in some way. They might even possibly call it OS X, version 11.1.0…!

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