What do you call OS X

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How do you pronounce OS X.

  1. OS 'TEN'

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  2. OS 'X'

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    49.2%
  1. millertime021 macrumors 6502a

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    How do you say OS X when you say it out loud.

    I've heard it both ways, but I was really wondering how the hardcore Mac users say it, as I work and live with Windows people.

    I don't know why the poll closed. :(

    Mod note: The poll closed automatically due to the Poll Timeout option which was set to 3 days after the thread was opened. I have reset this to 0 which means it will stay open forever.
     
  2. stridemat Moderator

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    In my head I say OS 10. Not sure what is the right way of saying it.
     
  3. parish macrumors 65816

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    Oh Ess Ecks

    Dunno, but maybe this is because I only switched to Macs after OS X came out so have no experience of earlier versions meaning I'm not familiar with the nomenclature.
     
  4. Hellhammer Moderator

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    I've never thought it as OS 10, always say it like OS X
     
  5. stridemat Moderator

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    I guess it has to be called OS 10. People didn't call OS 9 - OS IX.
     
  6. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    I call OS X, OS ten, but can't get out of the habit of calling QuickTime X, QuickTime X :confused:
     
  7. millertime021 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    See this is why I was curious. It's OS TEN, but I personally think OS X sounds cooler. And it seems like branding the 'X' on the end, rather than the number 10, makes people more inclined to say 'X' over 10.
     
  8. belvdr macrumors 603

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    I pronounce it Windows. ;) Seriously, it was OS 9 then OS X. I figured they used a roman numeral to make the name stand out. I call it OS 10.
     
  9. Hellhammer Moderator

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    I even say OS X 10.6 even though it should be OS 10.6 (and I see a lot people doing the same). I never think the X as 10, it's just X for me :p
     
  10. parish macrumors 65816

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    Maybe it's related to the switch to Intel from PPC - Intel used Roman numerals for the Pentium family until the P4 when they switched to Arabic? :confused:
     
  11. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    I say OS X, simply because it flows a bit better, and that is how it is always written, so I assume newer users might not realize that it is actually ten. I have actually used Macs since system 7, although this is the first one I have actually owned :p
     
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    It's OS Ten to me.

    However I do tend to correct people I hear calling it OS X
     
  15. martynmc7 macrumors regular

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    Well it should be OS ten really as it was preceded by OS 9 and OS 8 etc. However, has anyone ever pronounced it in a keynote somewhere? If we heard it from an Apple engineer or Steve himself we'd soon know!
     
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  17. elppa macrumors 68040

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    But we have heard it, multiple times. It's OS ten.
     
  18. slpdLoad macrumors 6502a

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  19. martynmc7 macrumors regular

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    Yeah I soon realised after posting, hence the video above. It's OS ten as it should be.
     
  20. Winni macrumors 68030

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    The official pronunciation used by Apple is "Oh Ess Ten".
     
  21. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    People who say 'X' instead of 'Ten' always go into the "Not So Computer Literate" category in my book.

    Sorry guys.
     
  22. parish macrumors 65816

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    That's not very fair is it? As I mentioned in an earlier post, what about those of us who are recently converts to Macs and aren't aware of the historical names of the OS?

    Reminds me of the Lie-nucks vs. Linn-ucks debate (the latter is correct).
     
  23. fishmoose macrumors 68000

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    OS 'ten' as the operating does! Open your terminal and type say "OS X"
     
  24. parish macrumors 65816

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    Cool - another Mac feature I never knew about :D
     

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