Spotted in China: OSX Sea Lion

It started as a joke. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, long pressed as to what Apple would name its operating system when it ran out of cats (i.e Lion, Leopard), joked at a 2013 keynote that Apple’s latest Mac operating system would be named Sea Lion. In reality, the new operating system is called Mavericks (after the famous California surf spot).

The joke was lost in translation, and one forger took it too far:


While browsing a selection of fake iPhones, colored “apple” Earpods, and other forged products, I actually came across Mac OSX Sea Lion, packaged and ready for purchase. I didn’t dare find out what that forged software would do to my computer (plus it didn’t fit into my budget), but I did manage to get a picture of the box. Sure enough, it’s sporting the same logo as was displayed during the keynote.

Watch the video of the joke below, if you so choose.

Michael Sitver

Michael Sitver is a technology insider who has been blogging about technology since 2011. Along the way, he's interviewed founders of innovative startups, and executives from fortune 500 companies, and he's tried dozens or hundreds of gadgets. Michael has also contributed to works featured in Newsday, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the associated press. Michael also occasionally consults, and writes for Seeking Alpha and Yahoo News.

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