If all goes well we expect Apple to announce macOS 12 next week, but we don’t yet know what the update will be called. That will change soon enough, but we might actually have a good idea what Apple will opt for right now.

Both Mammoth and Monterey are potential names.

That isn’t just guesswork, though. Apple often uses shell companies to trademark the names it eventually uses for things and macOS releases are no different. As 9to5Mac has noted, both Mammoth and Monterey have been trademarked for a number of years and they were both renewed recently. Some, were not.

First and foremost, Apple trademarked several names around 2013 and 2014 using shell corporations when it first started using places in California for macOS. Yosemite, Sierra, El Cap, and Big Sur were all included in that same batch of trademarks. Names like ‘Diablo,’ ‘Condor,’ ‘Tiburon,’ ‘Farallon,’ ‘Miramar,’ ‘Rincon,’ ‘Pacific,’ ‘Redwood,’ ‘Shasta,’ ‘Grizzly,’ ‘Skyline,’ and ‘Redtail‘ were all included as well but have seemingly been abandoned. Skyline was most recently abandoned on April 26.

Apple tends to like using names that are related to things, with locations around California being the most recent.

Mammoth would likely reference Mammoth Lakes in California, for example. Monterey is also a location itself, with Big Sur being within it. Last year’s macOS Big Sur release could also play a part here.

No matter what name Apple chooses, it’s the software that matters. WWDC’s opening keynote will include announcements for macOS 12, iOS 15, and more. With an opening keynote on Monday, June 7, there’s a lot coming up.

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