Updated App Store guidelines hint at possible rebranding from “Mac OS X” to “macOS”

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Date: Thursday, June 9th, 2016, 11:03
Category: Developer, iOS, News, OS X, TvOS, Watch OS


While it’s been expected that Apple will rebrand Mac OS X as “macOS” at WWDC next week, this has all but been confirmed in paperwork sent out to the developer community.

Hidden in today’s announcements regarding the App Store was yet another hint at the change. In a FAQ from on the iTunes Connect website, Apple mistakenly refers to Mac OS X as ‘macOS,’ again prematurely hinting at the change.

Back in March, Apple also named a framework file in OS X 10.11.4 that referred to the operating system as macOS. The following month, Apple launched a new environmental webpage on which it referred to the operating system as MacOS.

While there’s still some uncertainty as to whether the rebranded operating system will be labeled “MacOS” or “macOS”, the name change brings it more in line with Apple’s other operating systems, termed “iOS”, “tvOS” and “watchOS”.

It’s likely that Apple will unveil the first version of macOS at WWDC next week. At present, Apple is still planning at least one more release under the OS X moniker as it continues to release OS X 10.11.6 developer betas, but after that it’s looking more and more likely that the next release will be macOS or MacOS.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via 9to5Mac

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