updated 02:47 am EDT, Sat May 31, 2014
Trademark filings, WWDC banner point to California location
A new banner being hung up at the Worldwide Developer Conference hall in San Francisco, along with some trademark filings in Trinidad and Tobago have hinted that the next version of OS X, numbered as 10.10, will likely be named "Yosemite." Apple has also trademarked a number of other names (presumably for future versions) like Sequoia, Mojave, Sonoma and Ventura -- continuing the theme adopted in 10.9.
With the release of OS X Mavericks -- with an "s," and named after a popular surfing destination -- Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the company would switch to the theme of "California place names" following the first nine official releases of OS X, which were originally codenamed -- and later marketed as -- members of the "big cat" family. Apple has been known to trademark terms in the tiny island countries due to a lower chance of the filing being discovered and associated with Apple, reports MacRumors.
The banner, spotted by a sharp-eyed photographer, shows the famous El Capitan mountain in Yosemite Valley. "Yosemite" was also one of filed trademarks, though the applications do not mention Apple specifically. The iPhone maker sometimes uses "front companies" or other surrepticious means to register trademarks in an effort to avoid revealing plans too early.