Goodbye OS X, Hello MacOS?

We have all come to associate OS X with Macs. That’s just the way it’s always been. But it may be about to change. The name “MacOS” was found as the name of an OS X framework file a month ago. To make things even more clear, Apple has given some good enough signals for us to think that a major name change is in order.

To commemorate Earth Day 2016, Apple gave a statement on their website describing their efforts. In this particular part of the statement, Apple talks about how they model their product’s power consumption based on patterns of use, which they gain from simulated models. It is here that they refer to MacOS. See the statement below:

“To model customer use, we measure the power consumed by a product while it is running in a simulated scenario. Daily usage patterns are specific to each product and are a mixture of actual and modeled customer use data. Years of use, which are based on first owners, are assumed to be four years for MacOS and tvOS devices and three years for iOS and watchOS devices. More information on our product energy use is provided in our Product Environmental Reports.”

It sure sounds different to say MacOS after referring to the operating system Macs run as OS X for so many years. It’s also worth wondering whether this is just a name change or a major overhaul of how the system will look and operate. Just notice how many facelifts Microsoft’s Windows has received in the last few years.

We are hopeful that no matter what the change is, it will be one Mac users will appreciate.

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