I will explain the meaning of “Big Sur” in macOS 11 Big Sur.
Simply put, it’s called “Big Sur,” a famous place in California, USA.
Then, I will also introduce what kind of place it is.
What does Big Sur mean?
“Sur” in “Big Sur” means “south” in Spanish.
Translated literally, it is “big south.”
The Spanish reading is “Suru”, but the English-style reading is “Sir”.
There is also a town called “Monterey” in California, which is an old port town that prospered after the Spaniards built a port in the 18th century.
To the south of this area is a mountain range and steep coastline, but it has come to be called “Big Sur” in the sense of “the big area in the south” of Monterey.
By the way, “Monterey” has been adopted as the next version name of macOS 12.
What kind of place is Big Sur?
First, let’s take a look at the map.
Roughly located, it’s a coastal area between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
On the enlarged map, Big Sur is included in “Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park”.
Also, on the east side of Big Sur, the highest peak of about 0.93milea is approaching the “Santa Lucia Range”, and “California State Road 1” continues so as to stick to the cliff on the west side.
Next, let’s take a look at the photos on the photo sharing site “unsplash“.
Big Sur is a famous tourist destination in the United States, so many photos have been uploaded.
As you can see in the picture below, the cliffs (the cliffs of the movie Cliffhanger) continue, so it was an area that people couldn’t approach for a long time.
That is one of the “New Deal policies” that appear in history textbooks, and since the completion of “California State Road 1 (the road on the cliff in the photo)” in the 1930s, it has been known as a summer resort and tourist destination. It came to be able to.
Below is a photo of the most famous “Bixy Creek Bridge” in the Big Sur area.
The bridge is in a great place, but it was completed in 1932 and is 280ft high.
(Because the Golden Gate Bridge is 220ft, it is higher than that)
By the way, if you zoom in on one of the default wallpapers (desktop pictures) in Big Sur as shown below, you can see this bridge.
Furthermore, the macOS Big Sur installer icon also uses this bridge.
By the way, the next link is a blog post by a Japanese person who visited Big Sur.
It is recommended because there are many pictures and it is easy to get an image.
Why did macOS get the name Big Sur?
In successive versions of macOS, California place names and feline cats have been named.
|12||Monetrey||California’s historic port city|
|11||Big Sur||California coast|
|10.13||High Sierra||California Mountains|
|10.11||El Capitan||California Mountains|
|10.8||Mountain Lion||Cat family|
|10.6||Snow Leopard||Cat family|
|10 Public Beta||Siam||Cat family|
Looking at the table, 10.9 Mavericks is followed by the name of the place in California, so it seems that it became Big Sur according to this rule.
Well then, I don’t know why it’s the name of a place in California or the name of a feline.
I’ve never heard of Steve Jobs as a cat lover, so it doesn’t mean anything, right?