I made this stupid joke on Twitter today:
The primary innovation in OSX 10.9 will be the move to canine product names.
I was referring to Apple's longstanding tradition of code-naming their OS X releases after "big cats": Cheetah (the original OS X), Tiger, Lion, Leopard, etc.. The thing is, they're running out of big cats. I don't think cougar or clouded leopard have seen their mugs on one of Apple's white or black boxes, but those names seem somewhat implausible. Cougar has, uhm, connotations, and clouded leopard is a bit awkward. [Edit: as Mike Keesey reminds me in the comments, a cougar is the same as a mountain lion anyway.]
Why not move to dogs, then? Just imagine. OS X Golden Jackal. OS X Grey Wolf. Hey, why not OS X Direwolf?
Anyway, shortly after posting the tweet above I realized something terrible. In the event that Apple really did something like this (and really, they are going to run out of big cats), the stupid tech industry press would cover it like it's news. "Apple Completes Big Cat Operating System Family," or "Apple Goes to the Dogs" or some such. Ugh.