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Mac OS X 10.10 release date, rumours and leaked images

Ashleigh Allsopp | Dec. 17, 2013
When is OS X 10.10 or OS X 11 coming out? What will Mac OS X 10.10 look like?

Speculation about Apple's next Mac operating system is hotting up, with rumours that the new OS X - whether it's called OS X 10.10 or OS X 11, or maybe even OS 11 without the X - will have a flatter, more minimalist design like iOS 7.

Here in our Mac OS X 10.10 release date, rumours and leaked images article, we'll keep you up to date with all of the latest speculation about Apple's next operating system for Mac, so you'll know when it's going to come out and the new features it might have. Plus, we bring you all of the latest leaked images, mockups and concepts of OS X 10.10 so you can see what it might look like.

Apple released OS X 10.9 Mavericks in October of 2013, after previewing it several months before at the Worldwide Developers Conference in July. Just days after its launch, OS X 10.10 was spotted in web analytics reports, suggesting that Apple is already hard at work on the next version of the software. Here's what we know about it so far.

What will Apple's next Mac OS be called?
The name of the next Mac OS is quite a complicated one this time. Prior to the OS X versions, the classic Mac OS versions were labelled version 1, 2, 3 4, 5 and so on. In 2001, Apple reached version 10, which is when OS X was born, with the X being the Roman numeral for 10.

From then on, Apple has issued new versions of OS X labelled 10.x. So it began with OS X 10.0 Cheetah, followed by OS X 10.1 Puma and so on, until reaching OS X 10.9 Mavericks in 2013.

Reports that say that the next version of OS X has been spotted in web analytics refer to OS X 10.10, so we assume that's the number showing up in the analytics. However, that doesn't actually make much sense. Mathematically speaking, OS X 10.10 is just OS X 10.1 again, though version numbers don't necessarily apply to that rule.

Which leads to the conclusion that it's possible that Apple may go to OS X 11. But would the 'X' make sense here? Will Apple decide to go to OS 11, or perhaps OS XI?

For the purpose of this article, we're going for OS X 10.10, but we'd love to know what you think Apple might decide to do with the name. Let us know in the comments section below or on Twitter.

As for the code name, we assume that Apple will continue with its new Californian theme. After running out of big cats following the launch of Mountain Lion, Apple went for Mavericks, a surfing location in California.


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