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The next version of macOS might be named 'Mammoth' or 'Monterey'

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What you need to know

  • There are two potential names for the next version of macOS that Apple has trademarked.
  • The two most likely names are "Mammoth" and "Monterey."

It appears that the next name of macOS might be down to "Mammoth" and "Monterey."

As reported by 9to5Mac, Apple has renewed a handful of trademarks that could point to what the next version of macOS will be called. While we only have a week to wait, as the company will reveal the name and features next week at WWDC, it's always fun to speculate so let's dive in.

According to the report, Apple has abandoned most trademarks that have been reserved over the last few years. However, the company recently renewed both "Monterey" and "Mammoth."

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.

The report speculates that Apple would only name the new version of macOS "Mammoth" if it was considered a massive release for the Mac.

Mammoth was actually just renewed by Apple on April 29 of this year. It's the most up-to-date name in Apple's portfolio. Mammoth would more than likely be used to represent Mammoth Lakes, California. Mammoth Lakes is a ski resort town situated near a beautiful lake in the Sierra mountains, not far from Yosemite. It would make a great name for a massive release of macOS.

In comparison, "Monterey" is more of a complementary name when compared to Big Sur, which would indicate a smaller release that refines some of the major changes introduced with the last version.

Monterey was renewed on December 29, 2020 with an extension granted for the trademark. Back in February, I speculated that Monterey could be the name for the next version of macOS for a few reasons. The first being that Big Sur exists within Monterey. Apple likes to theme refinement releases together, like with Sierra and High Sierra or Yosemite and El Capitan. Monterey would be a perfect name for a successor to Big Sur that focuses on refining the major changes made last year.

"Monterey" seems like the more plausible option since Big Sur was such a massive release despite "Mammoth" an arguably cooler name. Whatever the name is, we'll find out next Monday at WWDC!

Joe Wituschek
Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.