Apple to rebrand Apple Watch operating system as ‘watchOS’

WWDC 2015 banner - watchOS

Unlike last year, where we got a glimpse of the iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 banners, this year we had seen “the epic center of change” WWDC 15 logo based banners at the Moscone West center, the venue for this year’s WWDC.

We may have finally got some hint. Federico Viticci of MacStories has just published an interesting picture, which shows the banners that have been put up on the second floor of the Moscone West center.

The image is quite blurry but as you can see they seem to highlight Apple’s three platforms, namely iOS, OS X and watchOS. Until now, Apple has officially called the Apple Watch operating system as Watch OS, but based on the banner it looks like Apple is planning to rebrand it as watchOS.

As Benjamin Mayo of 9to5Mac points out, Apple has watchOS even in the filter view of the WWDC app, which he initially thought was a mistake.

When Apple had first launched the iPhone, it had called the operating system iPhone OS, but rebranded it as iOS when it launched the iPad.

There have been rumors that Apple will launch a new version of the Apple Watch SDK at WWDC, which will allow developers to run apps natively on the Apple Watch rather than them being tethered to the iPhone. The watchOS banner seems to confirm that Apple is gearing up to make major announcements for the Apple Watch at tomorrow’s event.

What do you think of the new watchOS name?