Following the naming conventions of iOS, watchOS and tvOS, Apple’s Mac operating unit can quickly return to the name “macOS,” if code spotted in the most recent launch of El Capitan is to be believed.
Digging through the frameworks of OS X 10.11.4, a reference to “macOS” was found by developer Guilherme Rambo. The mention was discovered in a private framework called “FlightUtilities” — a feature that he says allows for tracking flights, yet is not currently in usage by El Capitan.
Rambo also went as much to make a sample application making use of the new, untapped framework. He theorizes that the two it and the brand-new “macOS” branding can debut as portion of the next-generation Mac operating system, widely expected to be introduced at Apple’s annual Global Developer Conference in June.
The framework can easily be discovered in OS X 10.11.4 at “/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/FlightUtilities.framework” and was later independently verified by MacMagazine, which speculated that the next launch can be “macOS 11” as opposed to OS X 10.12.
Of course, a rebranding as “macOS” would certainly be something of a back-to-the-future relocate for Apple — its operating unit was known for years as Mac OS, also retaining the name as Mac OS X throughout its releases up until recently. Beginning in 2012, Apple dropped the name Mac from its operating unit branding, simplifying it to OS X.
Such a relocate wouldn’t be unprecedented: In 2010, Apple dropped the word “phone” from iOS since its mobile operating unit ran regard others non-iPhone machines — the iPad and iPod touch.
Perhaps more significantly, in 2007 Apple rebranded itself as “Apple, Inc.” and gotten rid of the word “Computer” from its name. At the time, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs said traditional computing had come to be simply one portion of the company’s business, as it was joined by newer product lines love the iPhone and iPod.
Whether it’s referred to as “macOS” or OS X 10.12, Apple’s next-generation operating unit is rumored to delivering Siri, the company’s voice-steered individual assistant, to the Mac. Apple is likewise expected to make large adjustments to the Photos app for Mac, restoring some absent functionality that was discovered in its predecessor, iPhoto.