The next version of macOS could be called Monterey or Mammoth

Over the past year, the Cupertino tech giant has renewed and abandoned several trademarks that could hint at what macOS 12 could be called. Since 2013, new installments of macOS have been named after magnificent places in California like Yosemite, Mavericks, El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra, Mojave, Catalina, and now Big Sur.

According to a new report, the Cupertino tech giant will reveal the name and features in the upcoming WWDC next week, but while abandoning most trademarks, the company recently renewed Monterey and Mammoth.

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macOS 12 could be called Monterey or Mammoth

As reported by 9to5Mac, it is expected that Apple will only name the new version of macOS Mammoth if it were to be considered a tremendous release for Mac. On the other hand, Monterey is more of a complementary name compared to Big Sur. This indicates a smaller release that refines some of the major changes introduced in the last version.

First and foremost, Apple trademarked several names around 2013 and 2014 using shell corporations when it first started using places in California for macOS. Yosemite, Sierra, El Cap, and Big Sur were all included in that same batch of trademarks. Names like ‘Diablo,’ ‘Condor,’ ‘Tiburon,’ ‘Farallon,’ ‘Miramar,’ ‘Rincon,’ ‘Pacific,’ ‘Redwood,’ ‘Shasta,’ ‘Grizzly,’ ‘Skyline,’ and ‘Redtail’ were all included as well but have seemingly been abandoned. Skyline was most recently abandoned on April 26.

That leaves two possible names. Both of which have been recently renewed by Apple for use in computer operating systems categories. Those two names are ‘Monterey’ and ‘Mammoth.’ Let’s start with Mammoth.

macOS Monterey

In previous WWDC presentations, Apple has hinted towards the name Monterey as it is done for other locations. During WWDC 2015, Craig Federighi planned a trip to Monterey and Big Sur during a demo of iPad multitasking. Big Sur was the decided name for last year’s major macOS release. There is an obvious connection between Monterey and Big Sur.

Currently, we know that it has come down to these two names, and whichever name Apple chooses will be indicative of the operating system’s upgrades. What do you think Apple will name the next version of macOS? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Usman has been playing games for as long as he can remember. He is an editor at iThinkDifferent and writes about games, Apple news, hardware, productivity guides, and more. When not writing for iTD, Usman loves to play competitive Team Fortress 2, spends time honing his football skills, and watches superhero movies.

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