In addition to iOS 16, tvOS 16 and watchOS 9, Apple will also present a new major version of macOS next Monday. At least observers suspect that macOS 13 could be called “Mammoth”. That would fit with Apple’s strategy of naming its Mac operating system after Californian places – there is also a trademark entry that was last renewed in November 2021.
Still a few brands in the quiver
“Mammoth” does not stand for the extinct species of elephant, but for the skiing and mountain hiking areas of Mammoth Lakes and Mammoth Mountain in eastern California. Apple originally registered the trademark in March 2019. Since the brand was not used, the group had to renew it, which has now happened five times. This in turn suggests that Apple also wants to use the name.
The group always uses shell companies to register brands, whose names in turn match the respective trademark. Based on their respective place of business, it can then be determined that they actually belong to Apple. Recently, an application for “realityOS” was leaked, which Apple seems to be planning as the name of the operating system for its upcoming mixed reality headset. Possible alternative names to “Mammoth” are Redwood, Pacific, California, Diablo, Miramar, Rincon, Redtail, Condor, Grizzly, Farallon, Tiburon, Skyline and Shasta. All of these trademarks were filed by Apple companies, but the company’s lawyers have only been dealing with Mammoth lately.
What’s new in macOS 13
Few details have been leaked about the new features in macOS 13 so far. After the switch to their own SoCs, which was completed with macOS 11 aka Big Sur, macOS 12 aka Monterey was mainly dedicated to internal improvements, but also brought interesting new features with SharePlay, Universal Control and its own shortcuts application for the Mac .
There should be further performance improvements for Apple Silicon with macOS 13, but Intel compatibility will remain – conceivable that all machines that support Monterey will continue to be supplied. Apple is rumored to be planning various design redesigns of well-known apps. This includes drilled system settings for a better overview, adjustments in Safari, Messages app, Apple Music, Mail, Notes, Reminders and the Podcasts app. News could also become “more of a social network,” according to well-known Apple journalist Mark Gurman.
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