Should there be a difference? My proposal

  • [mac] relates to hardware
  • [osx] relates to the software
  • [apple] relates to the company specifically.
  • and is the site specifically for mac hardware or does it include other apple hardware (iphone, ipad, time capsule, etc) as well? Commented Aug 17, 2010 at 19:28
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    I would assume any hardware.
    – Josh K
    Commented Aug 17, 2010 at 19:30

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I think that if we have an tag, it will be used in a way that doesn't add any value. Maybe we can use for questions related to the company, and ban the use of .

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    +1 … everything in Ask Different is, or should be, Apple-related. Commented Apr 10, 2012 at 8:17

I agree with KeithB, [apple] is very vague to what it actually refers to in any given situation. [apple inc] is kinda strange, but still better. [mac] is related to hardware questions about all macs. We should of course have [macmini], [imac], etc. for different models. [osx] is regarding the operating system and it's built in functionality, excluding standalone applications like AddressBook, Safari, iCal etc.

As a side note, how about [snow-leopard], [tiger] etc? Is it better or worse than [osx 10.6], [osx 10.5]. And is it possible to alias tags? Like the aforementioned [tiger] <-> [osx 10.4].

  • You can alias tags (tag synonyms) but no one has over 2000 reputation to do this yet. See blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/08/tag-folksonomy-and-tag-synonyms
    – Chealion
    Commented Aug 17, 2010 at 23:04
  • @Chealion: No rep, and not in the top 20 or 100 upvotes.
    – Josh K
    Commented Aug 18, 2010 at 1:39
  • I still prefer [apple] for the company. [snow-leopard] => [10.6] are good, though [10.6] should be synonymous with SL.
    – Josh K
    Commented Aug 18, 2010 at 1:40
  • I see imac and mac-mini but there are so many different types of each model, I don't find value in that level of detail. Commented Apr 10, 2012 at 8:21

I think that yes, they should be a difference.

The moto of the site says "Beta Q&A site for power users of Apple hardware and software".

As they will have questions on iPad, Mac or the company itself, we should make a difference on these tags.


Absolutely, I agree Macintosh is just a brand of hardware made by Apple. That's the way of reality.

What's wrong with using the real-world identifiers? How about: [apple] is the name of the company, [macintosh] or [mac] is the name of the computer line, [ios] is software that runs on the i-devices such as iPhones, iPods and iPads, [macos] or [osx] is the software that runs on the Macintoshes.

This is how it is in the real world and not very complicated at all. You can use multiple tags anyway.

  • apple is too confusing as covers everything on this site and the tag will not be used just for company related questions - anyway this is a very old question look at the tag wikis for how they are used now which is as per @GlennNilsson's answer
    – mmmmmm
    Commented Mar 4, 2013 at 22:32

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