With 10 versions of OS X under its belt, Apple will likely run out of cat-themed codenames one of these days, but the Cupertino-based firm appears to have at least one more feline moniker for OS X 10.9.
According to Applescoop.com, the next version of Apple's Mac operating system will be known as Lynx. That comes after Kodiak, Cheetah, Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, and Mountain Lion.
Applescoop cited a reliable source who was privy to some internal papers at Apple. Mountain Lion made its debut in late July, so we likely won't see the next version of OS X until mid-2013. But according to the Internet, there are at least three dozen wild cat species, so Apple should have its bases covered for a few more years. OS X Sand Cat or OS X Fishing Cat, anyone?
This probably shouldn't be too surprising. Mountain Lion pulled in a number of features from iOS, like Notes and Reminders, as well as replacing iChat with Messages, and syncing activity on the Mac across iOS devices via iCloud.
Siri made the leap from iPhone to iPad with iOS 6, so the Mac would be the next logical step. Hopefully, Apple can get it together with Maps to make it worthwhile on the Mac.
According to 9to5Mac, development of OS X 10.9 started at the same time as Mountain Lion, with Apple opting to split up various iOS features across both platforms.
If reports of a Lynx moniker for Apple's next iteration of OS X are accurate, it could potentially set the stage for an interesting trademark showdown in the UK, where the feline name is also used by a popular deodorant brand.