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More evidence of ‘macOS’ name change surfaces on Apple’s website

by Killian Bell | April 15, 2016April 15, 2016 5:08 am PST

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Recent rumors have claimed Apple will rename its OS X operating system macOS with a future update to bring it in line with the likes of watchOS and tvOS — and that was recently backed up by new code. Now the macOS name has also been spotted on Apple’s website.

On its new environmental page, which was published on Thursday, Apple referred to its desktop operating system as “MacOS” publicly for the first time — as seen in the screenshot below from 9to5Mac.


Apple has now updated the page to swap MacOS for OS X, but until it made the correction, there was no reference to “OS X” whatsoever. This comes after framework using the macOS name was found in Apple’s OS X 10.11.4 update which rolled out last month.

Even before these mentions of macOS were discovered, reports suggested Apple would rebrand its desktop platform to bring it in line with the naming convention is uses for the rest of its software. The Cupertino company now has iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

The change would certainly make sense, then, but until Apple confirms it, it’s best to take references like this with a pinch of salt. Although it is a huge coincidence, it could be nothing more than an innocent error.

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Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...