Apple Hints Change from ‘OS X’ to ‘MacOS’ on its Website – Then Removes It

Posted in Apple, Apple News, OS X on 15/04/2016 by Chris Hauk


Those who believe Apple intends to rename OS X to “MacOS” received some temporary encouragement, as Apple on Thursday posted a webpage that refers to the Mac operating system as “MacOS.” That reference has since been removed.

Apple Hints Change from 'OS X' to 'MacOS' on its Website - Then Removes It

Screenshot of yesterday’s mention of “MacOS” on the Apple website…


The term can be found on an FAQ page within Apple’s Environment subsite, specifically in a section about greenhouse gases and product lifecycles. The text is the only direct reference to either Macs or OS X in the FAQ — notably, the rest of Apple’s website still appears to insist on using “OS X.”

Late March saw the discovery of a framework in OS X 10.11.4 that refers to “macOS.” If Apple was to post a reference to “MacOS” on a public-facing website, that would imply such a change is actually on the way.

Or, as it looks now, it may have simply been an error on a copywriter’s part, as the website now mentions “OS X,” just like the rest of Apple’s site. (Or… That’s just what they WANT you to think… – Our suspicious editor.)

Apple Hints Change from 'OS X' to 'MacOS' on its Website - Then Removes It

The mention of “MacOS” is gone as of Friday morning, and has been replaced with the usual “OS X” mention.

While such a name change would align Apple’s Mac operating system branding with their other operating systems: iOS, watchOS, and tvOS, nothing concrete has been found to indicate the company is planning such a move, other than a mention in code, and a now removed reference on their website.

If the company has any plans to rename OS X to ‘MacOS,” or “macOS,” they’ll likely make any such announcement at their Worldwide Developers Conference in June. So, just sit back and keep your toes toasty on the rumor fire we’ve all built, and wait and see.


Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

He lives somewhere in the deep Southern part of America. Yes, he has to pump in both sunshine and the Internet.