Apple’s naming convention still doesn’t make sense

At Apple’s annual developer conference, WWDC, Apple retired a name they’ve been using for 15 years. Unlike OS 9s funeral, OS Xs wasn’t so dramatic and for good reason: it’s not a big change. OS X is now becoming macOS to fit more in line with iOS, watchOS and tvOS. The problem is, it still doesn’t make sense.

That looks wrong:


That’s better:


Ooh, so pretty and streamlined. Until you look closer.

  • iOS 10
  • macOS Sierra
  • watchOS 3
  • tvOS

That doesn’t look right either. It’s a confusing mess, iOS and watchOS are arithmetically assigned, whereas macOS has a semi-random name. It’s really not a big deal, but I will say this: I can’t imagine Steve Jobs allowing this.


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