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Apple to wind back the clock to '09 with focus on quality, not features, in next OS X

Gregg Keizer | May 25, 2015
Report claims 2015's Mac OS upgrade will lighten the new feature load, concentrate on performance and stability, like Snow Leopard 6 years ago.

In the last three years, Snow Leopard's user share, an estimate of the portion of computers worldwide that run a specific OS, has fallen five-fold, from 42% of all Macs to just 8%, according to analytics vendor Net Applications. Even so, Snow Leopard powered more Macs last month than did either Lion or Mountain Lion, the 2011 and 2012 upgrades that followed.

If is right and OS X 10.11 is presented as a pause for stability and performance, Apple may repeat the naming style of Snow Leopard for the new edition. In 2009, when the Cupertino, Calif. company announced the impending release of Snow Leopard, an executive said, "We want to build a better Leopard, hence Snow Leopard."

Apple could replicate that convention -- and remind users of the connection to OS X 10.10 -- by tagging this year's upgrade with a name from within Yosemite National Park, such as El Capitan or Half Dome, Merced [River] or Vernal [Fall].

OS X 10.11 will get its first public showing during the opening keynote address of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference on June 8.


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