Engadget has been covering today’s WWDC 2008 keynote, and it has been announced that Apple’s next OS X version will be called Snow Leopard. And that is the dumbest name I have ever heard for any piece of software.
First of all, Snow Leopard won’t even have new key features. It will be only a security and performance update for Leopard. In other words, something Microsoft would call a service pack. Snow Leopard is just a service pack, so why does it even need a new name? Oh, probably because Apple is trying to show their OS is perfect, works all the time, and is secure – unlike Windows, which needs a service pack (roll eyes).
Now forget that Snow Leopard is just a service pack. Still, why did Apple pick such a name? You can say “my computer’s running Leopard” or “my computer’s running Windows” or even “my computer’s running Ubuntu” but can you imagine yourself saying “my computer’s running Snow Leopard”? I don’t know about you, but I think that just sounds dumb.
Also people are wondering if Snow Leopard will even be free. It is just a service pack after all, and people all over internet forums are seeing that. Microsoft doesn’t charge for its service packs, but then again Apple doesn’t even want to acknowledge that this is one.
Apple should have really picked a different name for its next “version” of OS X. Or just call it Leopard SP1.