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Apple's New Operating System Named for Nor Cal's Big Wave

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June 10, 2013—At its Worldwide Developer's Conference today, Apple unveiled its new desktop operating system, which it has dubbed Mavericks. The new OS X replaces Mountain Lion, which replaced Lion, which replaced Snow Leopard, and on back through a list of charismatic mega-felines: Leopard, Tiger, Panther, Jaguar, Puma and Cheetah.

OS X Mavericks, named for the mega-wave to our north, is the first in a series of California themes that will replace the big-cat-themed operating systems. Craig Federighi, senior vice president of software engineering, said the idea was to celebrate "those places that inspire us here in California, in the place where OS X is designed and built."

Here's a quick breakdown of What's New in OS X Mavericks, from Wired.

And here's the real Mavericks in action, partly shot by 2013 Mavericks Invitational champion, Big Wave World Tour Champion and lifelong Santa Cruzan Peter Mel on his board-mounted GoPro Hero.

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