Apple’s Latest OS: Yosemite

The tech giant's new operating system evokes the outdoors.
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The tech giant's new operating system evokes the outdoors.

Move over, big cats and big waves. Apple, arbiter of all things cool in tech, has christened its new operating system Yosemite, after John Muir’s (and possibly your) favorite national park.

The name wasn’t exactly a surprise; attendees at the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference awaited the arrival of Apple CEO Tim Cook while watching a desktop featuring Half Dome ablaze in alpenglow. When talking about Apple’s shift from cats to California place names, the on-screen map zoomed to Weed, Calif., drawing big guffaws.

In addition to being treated to glamour shots of the park, watchers learned about how the new OS will work seamlessly with iPhones and iPads, checked out snazzy new icons, and learned about upgraded voice commands with Siri. (Maybe my anguished cries of “Siri! Siri! Where is the trailhead? I’m lost!” will finally get an answer.)

Apple’s new crush on hiking goes beyond the surface, though. Software chief Kevin Federighi demoed the new iOS’s social powers by arranging a camping trip to Yosemite with friends straight from his phone. Trail cred!

Read more: New York Times