Apple OS X Mavericks: For what California location should Apple name its next operating system?

What Should Apple Call Its Next Operating System? La Brea? Alcatraz?

Future Tense
The Citizen's Guide to the Future
June 10 2013 6:34 PM

What Should Apple Call Its Next Operating System? La Brea? Alcatraz?

OS X Mavericks
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Running low on big cats, Apple announced Monday that it will begin naming its desktop operating systems after California locations instead. That dovetails with the company’s new U.S.-centric branding strategy. But the company's first choice was a bit of a head-scratcher: OS X version 10.9 will be called “Mavericks,” after perhaps the world’s least user-friendly (and most unreliable) surfing destination.

What evocative Golden State place name will Apple choose for its next exciting software package? We have a few ideas:


Feel free to add your own helpful suggestions in the comments.

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