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Apple could kill Mac OS X off next week – is this its replacement?

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OS X El Capitan

It seems Apple is struggling to keep a lid on an OS X rebranding that’s rumoured to be coming up.

Yesterday, Apple published an announcement about the App Store, but with one curious mistake. Apple mistakenly described its Mac OS X as macOS:

“The ability to earn 85% takes effect in June 2016 for subscription renewals occurring after that date. iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS apps are eligible.”

Apple has since edited the page to remove the mention of macOS, instead swapping out the name for Mac OS X.

OS X El CapitanApple's latest desktop OS is OS X El Capitan (10.11), the 12th major OS X release

This is actually the second time Apple has made such a slip up this year. Back in March, it was revealed that Apple had described its desktop OS as macOS in a framework in OS X 10.11.4. That revelation sparked widespread rumours that Apple was planning to bring the branding of Mac OS X in line with its other operating systems for mobile, Apple TV, and the Apple Watch.

We’re expecting that if Apple does rebrand the software, it will take happen during next week’s WWDC keynote on June 13. WWDC is Apple’s annual developer conference, and usually plays host to the company’s major software announcements. If the rebrand doesn’t take place at WWDC however, then the rumoured September iPhone 7 launch is the next likeliest candidate.

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