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Apple Expected to Name Its Next Operating System After California Tourist Spot

Apr 26, 2014 6:00 am

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Only a true tourism marketer would be able to draw a connection between the potential names of Apple’s operating system and California’s most visited tourist attractions.

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Surfers at the Mavericks surf area in California. Jeff Rowley / Flickr


What will Apple name the next version of OS X? We may have the answer, and we approve.

The tech giant is keeping a lid on the name of the next operating system, expected to be announced in June, but trademark filings discovered this week and revealed on multiple news sites may include it.

Apple is continuing a theme, begun with OS X 10.9 Mavericks, that’s hard to beat: California.

For more than a decade, the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant named its Mac computer software after big cats, including Cheetah and Mountain Lion. That stopped last year with Mavericks, named for the popular California surfing spot, and Apple said it would name future versions of its operating system after popular Golden State destinations.

Here are some of the California places included in the trademark filings and a little bit about each spot for those of you who would like to do some California dreamin’:

Yosemite: With its waterfalls, meadows, peaks and its well-known granite crest Half Dome, Yosemite is one of the most famous national parks in the U.S., making the northern California spot an obvious OS X name candidate.

Redwood: This filing likely refers to the series of national and state parks in Northern California known for their enormous redwood trees. These parks are home to Hyperion, the world’s tallest known living tree. It measures 379.3 feet in height.

Mammoth: Shifting away from parks, the Mammoth filing refers to one of California’s most popular ski resorts. The Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is known for having one of the longest ski seasons in North America, averaging from November to June.

Big Sur: If you’re looking for incredible views, head to Big Sur in central California, where you will find mountains sitting at the doorstep of the Pacific Ocean. The area is home to Cone Peak, the highest coastal mountain with the 48 contiguous states.

Farallon: Referring to the islands located west of San Francisco, Farallon is home to all kinds of wildlife. Great white sharks often swim around the islands, preying on the local seal population.

Shasta: Mt. Shasta is located within Northern California’s Cascade Range. At 14,179 feet, the volcano is the fifth-highest mountain in California.

Sierra: This name clearly refers to the Sierra Nevada, the mountain range that stretches 400 miles north to south, mostly in California. The range is home to several famous California spots, including Lake Tahoe, Mt. Whitney and the Minarets jagged peaks.

(c)2014 the Los Angeles Times. Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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