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macOS ready to replace OS X, Apple document shows

by Jacob Kleinman | June 9, 2016June 9, 2016 8:00 am PDT

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Apple is widely expected to rename OS X next week at WWDC 2016, changing it to “macOS” to align better with the rest of its software ecosystem. Now the company may have the let the news slip again, this time in an update to its developer-focused iTunes FAQ page.

The update focuses on Apple’s newly announced App Store policy, which promotes subscription-based apps and offers a better profit sharing ratio after the first year of subscriptions. Apple notes that the new deal, which gives developers 85 percent of profits, will cover iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS apps. The company quickly corrected the error, but not before screenshots of the leak could hit the web.

Apple previously mentioned “MacOS” on an environmental page from its website before correcting it to OS X. The name change also surfaced in a resources file from the OS X 10.11.4 update.

macOS is expected to include some big changes. The update will reportedly bring Siri to your computer and it’s also rumored to include a big iTunes update that could clean up the bloated music client.

At this point, the new macOS name seems like a pretty safe bet, but we’ll know for sure next week once Apple announces the update at WWDC 2016. We’ll be covering the event live from California, where we should also see iOS 10 unveiled, along with new versions of tvOS and watchOS.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...