As part of its list of supposed hardware upgrades coming to Apple’s pro-level iMacs later this year, the Pike’s Universum blog mentioned in passing that the next major version of macOS (10.13) won’t use a mountain or a park name anymore.

Citing a “little bird” that is “usually pretty accurate”, Pike’s Universum states that there are now two alternative names in the running, with one starting with the letter M.

In April 2014, Apple applied for a number of trademarks in Trinidad and Tobago.

These include well-known California landmarks and related terms which at the time were interpreted as hints at future macOS versions, including the following names:

  • California
  • Big Sur
  • Condor
  • Diablo
  • El Cap
  • Farallon
  • Grizzly
  • Mammoth
  • Monterey
  • Miramar
  • Pacific
  • Red Tail
  • Redwood
  • Rincon
  • Sequoia
  • Shasta
  • Sierra
  • Skyline
  • Sonoma
  • Tiburon
  • Ventura
  • Yosemite

Some of the trademarked names have been used in recent macOS releases, like Yosemite, El Capitan and Sierra. Others, including Sonoma, Sequoia or Ventura, have never been adopted as official names for macOS releases.

Most of the unused macOS names on the list—especially ones starting with the letter M—represent major California landmarks, national parks, vineyards, beaches and so forth, with one notable exception.

Can you guess which is it?

It’s Monterey, neither a mountain or a park name.

A city on California’s rugged central coast, Monterey with its famous Cannery Row is a popular tourist destination filled with gift shops, seafood restaurants and bars in converted factories. Monterey Bay Aquarium, with thousands of marine animals and plants on display in underwater and interactive exhibits, is especially famous.

So, macOS Monterey 10.3, anyone?

Source: Pike’s Universum

  • Nathan

    Redwood is what I think it’ll be.

  • nintendofans313

    Sequoia is not bad

    • Julio Hernandez

      I would hope they eventually use Sequoia. I’ve been to the park before and it’s beautiful there.

    • Arnold

      I love it

  • I was wondering if they’d use the name of something within Sierra (if there is such a thing), as macOS seems to be on a kind of tick-tock cycle, with Sierra representing a ‘major’ upgrade, at least compared to what El Capitan brought, with the arrival of Siri.

  • madmaxmedia

    I vote for Tenderloin.

    • Iskren Donev

      No, they blew it with Tenderloin – it should’ve been what Yosemite was called – Mac OS Ten Ten-point-Ten Tenderloin.

      • madmaxmedia

        Ha ha- I guess the official title should have been Mac OS 10.10 Derloin?

  • Iskren Donev

    macOS Ventura has a nice ring to it…

    • Jonathan Villicaña

      Lol Oxnard would do it!! I think they made a joke regarding naming it Oxnard in once of the Key notes

      • Agneev

        Yup! Federighi, SVP of Software said that at 14′ WWDC!

  • rokr9

    Hope they develop some new features this time..The past few updates have been pretty boring.

  • Lucifer!

    macOS Diablo

  • WhoRanZone

    mac os | monterey sounds great