Referring to Mac's OS

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  1. OldMarketMeg macrumors member

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    Does the term "OS-X" refer to all modern Mac operating systems?

    For example, instead of saying "Mountain Lion" or "El Capitan" or "Sierra" can I just say "OS-X"?


    Meg
     
  2. vmachiel macrumors 68000

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    The OS used to be called Mac OS X when it launched in 2001, all the way up to Mac OS X Lion. From Mountain Lion on, they renamed it to OS X. Starting with Sierra, the renamed it with macOS. It now fits in their naming line:
    iOS
    macOS
    tvOS
    watchOS.
     
  3. OldMarketMeg thread starter macrumors member

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    It used to be called Mac OS X then they renamed it to Mac OS X?
     
  4. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Mac OS X
    OS X
    macOS

    To answer your question, you can say it however you want. It's now being marketed as listed last.
     
  5. OldMarketMeg thread starter macrumors member

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    Oh, I re-read what @vmachiel and I see he said "Mac OS X" first and then "S X" second. My mistake.

    So my El Capitan is called "OS X" but from Sierra forward it is now called "macOS", right?
     
  6. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Well, I'm no prognosticator, but I'd say that's gonna be the way for at least awhile. ;)
     
  7. KALLT macrumors 601

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    In Apple’s developer documentation, I frequently see the name ‘macOS’ being applied to older versions as well. It seems that Apple intends to purge the old brand where they can.
     
  8. vmachiel macrumors 68000

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    Yeah.. It's macOS now, and the past doesn't matter.
     

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