Rumours of a potential name change for Apple’s Mac OS X continue after a slip up happened on the Apple Developer’s site. The FAQ for the new App Store revenue sharing policies listed not only watchOS, iOS, and tvOS, but also the previously unheard of “macOS”.
There is a possibility that this could have been a simple typo, especially since it was changed shortly after the mistake was noticed on the internet. That being said, this is not the first time that the name been spotted appearing in Apple’s documentation. An earlier mention of “MacOS” – with a capital M – was seen in documentation for iTunes Connect.
It is perfectly reasonable to believe that Apple is looking into rebranding OS X into macOS. The Mac operating system is the odd one out when it comes to the current naming conventions for Apple’s products; and this is not a company to allow a legacy name to sit around.
Chances are that we will hear more about this at Apple’s WWDC next week. Changing the name of OS X isn’t that much of a big deal and will unlikely bring significant alterations to the operating system. It will, however, strengthen Apple’s branding. Which is probably the more important move at the moment.