Apple decides to leave XI to cricket. Goodbye OS X
Times are looking bleak for the OS know-alls who delight in telling us it is OS TEN and not OS Eks. It’s a godsent opportunity to demonstrate your prowess with Roman numerals when talking knowledgeably about operating systems. Not much longer, it seems. Hidden in the latest build of El Capitan is a reference to MacOS, the successor to OS X. Apple, it seems is leaving Rome to the pedants.
It’s a logical move, of course, and will bring the MacOS into line with iOS, at least in terms of nomenclature. Another worry with OS X that has been troubling Apple for some years is where to go after X. It’s a dilemma all brands (except baked beans) suffer when they get past 10. Maybe that’s one reason we never had a Leica M10. And OS XI just doesn’t seem right (it's even more open to mispronunciation) except, perhaps, to the odd Latin scholar or cricket fan.
But could this change also represent an impending narrowing of the gap between Mac and mobile operating systems? Are we about to see the 15-year-old Mac system graced with a touch or a gesture.
I hope not. It’s still a strange feeling to prod at a vertical screen; I’ve tried it often enough in error when I’ve temporarily forgotten I was using the Mac and not the iPad. To have to keep swapping between keyboard and screen doesn’t sound fun at all.
We will have to wait until the World Wide Developers' conference in mid June to hear the fate of the much mangled X.
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