• OS X 10.11.4 hidden framework hints Apple could rebrand it as 'macOS'

    Following the names of iOS, watchOS and tvOS, Apple's Mac operating system could soon return to the name "macOS," if code spotted in the latest release of El Capitan is to be believed.

    The frameworks of OS X 10.11.4, a reference to "macOS" was discovered by a developer named Guilherme Rambo. The mention was found in a private framework called "FlightUtilities" a feature that he says enables tracking flights, but is not currently used by El Capitan.

    The framework can be found in OS X 10.11.4 at "/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/FlightUtilities.framework" and was later independently verified by MacMagazine, which speculated that the next release could be "macOS 11" instead of OS X 10.12.

    Re-branding as "macOS" was known for years as Mac OS, even retaining the name as Mac OS X throughout its releases up until recently. Starting in 2012, Apple dropped the name Mac from its operating system branding, simplifying it to OS X.

    Apple dropped the word "phone" in 2010, from iOS because its mobile operating system ran on other non-iPhone devices the iPad and iPod touch.

    In 2007 Apple re-branded itself as "Apple, Inc." and removed the word "Computer" from its name. At the time, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs said traditional computing had become just one part of the company's business, as it was joined by newer product lines like the iPhone and iPod.

    Apple's next-generation operating system is rumored to bring Siri to the Mac, big changes to the Photos app for Mac and restoring some absent functionality that was found in its predecessor, iPhoto.

    [via Github]
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