With only one version of Mac OS X left to go, and a dwindling number of big cats to name it after, Apple has apparently decided which breed to honor. OS 10.9 will be called Lynx, according to one unconfirmed report.
Previous versions of the OS, first released in 2001, were named Cheetah, Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion. The current version, OS X 10.8, is known as Mountain Lion. Apple has released a new upgrade every year.
Apple has already trademarked two unused cat names, Lynx and Cougar. Cougar, however, is simply another name for a Mountain Lion. That leaves Lynx as the most likely candidate.
The website Applescoop.com cites a source within Apple, who saw “some internal papers that seem to be finalizing the name of the operating system.”
If Apple holds to its traditional unveiling schedule, the Lynx operating system will be shown in public for the first time at its developers’ conference, WWDC, in San Francisco in June 2013. Chances are, select members of the media will be briefed on the system a few months prior.
Little is known about what the 10.9 upgrade may offer, except perhaps a couple of features from iOS 6: Siri and Maps.