Apple Trademark Filings May Give Some Hints at macOS 10.14 Names

Apple has been sticking with very distinctive names for macOS for a bit of time now, taking recognizable names from the natural world in California.

That trend will more than likely continue with the next version of Apple’s desktop operating system, which is expected to be version 10.14. The company will unveil this new version of the OS in June, when the annual Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off. And now MacRumors has a quick writeup of what some potential names for the next version of macOS could be, thanks to trademark filings.

Apple recently filed trademark filings in both Cambodia and the Philippines, courtesy of a presumed shell company. In both instances, the names are direct references to natural landmarks found in the state of California, and each dates back to 2014. In Cambodia, Apple has filed a trademark for Mojave. Meanwhile, in the Philippines, several names pop up: Mojave again, but also Sequoia, Ventura, and Sonoma.

It isn’t known why Apple is filing these trademarks in those countries right now, but, if anything, it could be a direct hint of what’s to come in terms of an official announcement regarding the name of Apple’s next desktop operating system. As noted in the original report, the fact that Mojave pops up twice suggests that might be the one the company is leaning towards.

It’s also possible Apple goes with another option that’s listed here, or something else entirely. Nothing is confirmed just yet, of course. We’ll have to wait for the first week in June to get a definitive answer one way or another.

Up to this point we’ve seen Apple go with names for macOS that relate directly to the High Sierras within California. macOS 10.10 Yosemite kicked things off, and then we’ve had 10.11 El Capitan, 10.12 Sierra, and most recently macOS 10.13 High Sierra. Apple was always going to run out of names in this regard, so this may be the year we see the company adopt a new lineage of natural landmarks.

If you could choose a name for the next version of macOS, what would you go with?

Our Take

The name of Apple’s next version of macOS isn’t the highest priority item by any means, but it’s been at least fun over the last few years to watch Craig Federighi go through a small show to announce whatever they’ve chosen. It will be interesting to see how Apple can hype up a desert landscape like the Mojave if that’s the name they are indeed going with.

[via MacRumors]