macOS 12 could be called Mammoth or Monterey

A new trademark has suggested that Apple will call its next macOS release Mammoth or Monterey.

Since Apple moved away from its big cat names as part of OS X in 2013, the company has been naming new macOS releases after beautiful places in California. In the past few years, we’ve had released such as Mojave, Big Sur, and Yosemite, and this year, it seems the update will be called Monterey.

As noted by 9to5Mac, Apple has trademarked a number of names in recent years, and most recently renewed Mammoth on April 29, suggesting that it could be the name of the next iteration of macOS.

Rather than returning to animal-based names for the Mac, it’s likely that Mammoth refers to the Mammoth Lakes in California, though with a name like mammoth, Apple would need to pull out all of the stops and make the next version of macOS a release that lived up to its name. Considering that Apple made some significant overhauls in macOS 11, including moving on from the decades-used macOS 10.X namesake, it’s unlikely that Mammoth would be appropriate this year, as updates are expected to be more subtle.

Apple also renewed the Monterey name last December, suggesting that it could be the new name of macOS. Apple typically registers names under shell companies and then retires names it doesn’t use.

Are you looking forward to the next version of macOS? What do you want to see come to the Mac? Let us know and check back soon for more news.

About the Author

News content on is produced by our editorial team and complements more in-depth editorials which you’ll find as part of our weekly publication. provides a comprehensive daily reading experience, offering a wide view of the consumer technology landscape to ensure you're always in the know. Check back every weekday for more.