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


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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