OS X Mavericks – The Story Of Its Name

On June 12, 2013

OS X Mavericks is the name chosen by Apple for the latest version of the operating system for Macs, and on the WWDC scene they partially explained the rationale behind this decision. Craig Federighi said that Apple remained nameless of felines on which to use the new version of OS X, so from now on will use the names of famous locations in California. For this version of OS X they chose the name of Mavericks that was once a famous surfing location in California, a sign that among the people from the Apple team leadership there are enough athletes.

In early March 1961, three surfers, Alex Matienzo, Jim Thompson, and Dick Knottmeyer decided to try the distant waves off Pillar Point. With them was a white-haired German Shepherd named Maverick, owned by Matienzo’s roommate. Maverick was used to swimming out with his owner, or with Matienzo, while they were out surfing.

We know the story behind the OS X Mavericks name, but the story behind the name choice of the surfing location is completely different. It seems that in 1961 three surfers now have discovered the location chosen by Apple, taking the decision to name it after the name of the dog owned by one of them, Maverick. Now interesting is that Apple has gone from cats to dogs to OS X Mavericks, but probably the name of the future versions of OS X will not have anything to do with any dog.