Apple announced today that the new version of OS X (10.8) will be called Mountain Lion. This makes sense considering the last version was called Lion and this is more of an evolutionary upgrade than a total redesign. But I wondered why the didn’t pick something more catchy. Like Cougar. I realize the connotations that the word “cougar” carries in the world today. You can read some of them on Urban Dictionary, but be warned it’s a very Not-Safe-For-Work page. The more I thought about it, the more it made sense that it should be called Cougar. After all, OS X 10.8…:
– is very mature at this point
– is trying to stay attractive and good looking despite its advancing age
– is trying hard to attract a younger crowd
– unsure of what it wants to be (OS X or iOS)
– has expensive tastes (10.8 will only work well on newer Intel i-series processors)
For the record, OS X 10.1 Puma and 10.3 Panther are the same animal as 10.8 Mountain Lion. Maybe they’ll save Cougar until 10.9.