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What will Apple name the next major Mac version? Here are some candidates, according to its trademarks

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Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is just around the corner, and with it comes the highly anticipated unveiling of the upcomg macOS 14. While the features and functionalities remain under wraps, speculation runs rampant about the one element Apple consistently reveals beforehand: the name.


For years, Apple has followed a geographical naming convention for its macOS releases. Since 2014, the company has focused on landmarks and locations within California, with macOS Monterey being the most recent. This tradition usually sparks a frenzy of online detective work, with tech enthusiasts combing through Apple's trademark filings and California's diverse landscape for clues.


Apple has trademarked a series of monikers presumed to be reserved for future Mac updates. These names included a mix of Californian wonders:


Natural Wonders: Diablo, Condor, Redwood, Sequoia, Mammoth, Shasta, Grizzly


Coastal References: Tiburon, Farallon, Miramar, Rincon, Pacific


Vistas and Landscapes: Skyline, Redtail


While some, like Diablo (referencing a mountain range) and Grizzly (referencing the state animal), might seem like outliers, it’s important to remember Apple's past choices. Monterey, for instance, encompasses both a city and a bay, showcasing the company's flexibility within the California theme.


Do you have a different location in mind for the next macOS? 








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