Apple Mac OS X versions named after German tanks?

During this summer, I realized that Apple’s naming of versions seems a tad odd…


We were sitting around a table in the beautiful Swedish archipelago, having a drink and chatting a little. Big men talk about big guns, right? So, we were discussing different German tank models. Not being just a man, but a computer geek as well, it hit me that the name of German tanks are the same as the name of OS X versions.

Names of tanks and operating system versions

When I got back online, I did a quick search, and Internet being what it is, naturally I hadn’t been the only one thinking about it. In German armored vehicles and Apple Mac OS X all these are listed, but please allow me to present a short list:

Mac OS X 10.0 Cheetah
Tank: Flugabwehrkanonenpanzer Gepard (Gepard in German means Cheetah in English)
Mac OS X 10.1 Puma
Tank: Sd.Kfz. 234/2 “Puma”
Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar
Tanks: Jaguar 1 and Jaguar 2
Mac OS X 10.3 Panther
Tank: Panther
Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger
Tanks: Tiger 1 and Tiger 2
Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
Tanks: Leopard 1 and Leopard 2
Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
Haven’t found the corresponding tank yet, but I’m sure it exists… :-)


I’m really not sure where all this comes from, and it might just be coincidence – trust me, I’m not implying that Apple is some kind of Neo-Nazi movement in disguise (thinking about when especially the Tiger tank was mostly active). And sure, I can see why you would like to name something after great mighty cats.

But, what I really think, is that if you’re going to name a product line of any kind, don’t you just stop a moment to think, to contemplate:

a) Have anyone else used this naming convention?

b) Could there be any kind of negative connection?

Maybe my guess for the next iPhone to be named iPhone 3G SS isn’t so far off after all… 😉

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