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Names of future macOS versions may have leaked

by Justin Herrick | May 26, 2018May 26, 2018 6:00 am PST

The next version of macOS might’ve just had its name leak online. Apple filed trademark applications in Cambodia and the Philippines, and the list includes locations throughout the state of California.

Recently, landmarks throughout Apple’s home state have been lending their names to macOS versions.

Based on the submitted paperwork, Apple is considering at least four landmarks for macOS in the short-term. Mojave, Sequoia, Sonoma, and Venture are listed online.

With Mojave, the company is referring to the massive desert in southeastern California. The Mojave Desert also stretches into a significant portion of Nevada. Sequoia, meanwhile, involves the national park near the bottom of the Sierra Nevada.

If Apple goes with Sonoma, it’ll be giving a nod to the region in northern California just above San Francisco. Then there’s Ventura, the shortened name of San Buenaventura which sits on the Pacific Ocean in southern California.

The Cupertino-based company has been attaching landmark names to macOS versions since 2013. Apple has used Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan, Sierra, and High Sierra over the years. It’s a style that replaced OS X versions named after large cats.

We’ll know what Apple calls the next version of macOS in less than two weeks. WWDC 2018, the company’s annual developer conference, begins on June 4 with macOS getting its own segment during the keynote.


Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...