Nick Bilton of the NYT writes about the shrinking number of cat names remaining for future versions of OS X. Thus far, Apple has used Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, and Snow Leopard for its OS X releases. What remains? Well, you’ve got Cougar, which, because of its meaning in the pop culture lexicon, Apple won’t be able to touch. You’ve also got Lynx, Lion, and an assortment of lesser known and pretty random choices – Clouded Leopard, anyone?
The most interesting part of Bilton’s piece, though, is a blurb from a former Apple employee about Apple’s philosophy regarding product names.
An employee who recently left Apple said the company takes its product names very seriously. It believes, for example, that consumers are confused by names that mix of words and numbers, like a Lenovo X41 laptop or an Epson WT7900 printer.
Nothing groundbreaking here, of course, but it goes to show you just how closely Apple pays attention to all facets of a new product, right down to the name.
If you were running Apple, what big cat would you choose for OS X 10.7?