HowTo: Pronounce Mac OS X

I am a new Apple Mac book pro user. Is Mac OS X pronounced as “Mac OS E-X” or “Mac OS Ten”? How do you pronounce the Apple Mac os X? How do I find out OS X version using command line tool?

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Difficulty level Easy
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Requirements OS X
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Short answer – The Apple Mac OS X is pronounced as “Mac OS Ten”.

How do I find out the current OS X version?

Visit Apple menu > select “About This Mac” to see the current version:

Fig.01 OS X version

Fig.01 OS X version

From the Fig.01 the current version of Mac OS is “Mac OS Ten” dot eight. Where,

  1. Mac OS name – Mac OS Ten
  2. Major version – 10.8
  3. Update to major version – .4
  4. Pronounced as – "Mac OS Ten dot eight dot four" or "Mac OS Ten point eight point four"

Here is output from macOS Sierra:

Fig.02: macOS Sierra

Finding Mac OS X version from command line

To display Mac OS X operating system version information use sw_vars command. Open the Terminal and type the following command:
$ sw_vers
Sample outputs:

Fig.03: Finding Mac OS X version using sw_vers command line tool

Here is the output from the lastest version of macOS Sierra:
$ sw_vers
ProductName: Mac OS X
ProductVersion: 10.12
BuildVersion: 16A323

Say hello to ‘say’ command line tool

say is command line tool. It uses the Speech Synthesis manager to convert input text to audible speech and either play it through the sound output device chosen in System Preferences or save it to an AIFF file. Open the Terminal and type the following command:

say "Mac OS X"
say "Mac OS X .8.4"

The following command uses sw_vers as bash command line substitute to find out the current version and pronounce it using the say command:

say $(sw_vers -productName && sw_vers -productVersion | sed 's/10//')

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2 comments… add one
  • Marco Aug 25, 2013 @ 12:21

    I think on the last WWDC, Apple drop the word Mac from the name of their operational system. Now it is just called OS X.

  • snowkatt Jan 31, 2015 @ 17:22

    i call it os Ecks

    calling it os 10 10.9 is redundant

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