Apple’s Secret iOS Code Names Inspired by Ski Resorts

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Apple is known to be an extremely secretive company. However, sometimes tidbits from others regarding the company do get revealed somehow. The company has a habit of giving code names to its projects. For example, its rumored Oregon data center project is code named “Maverick.” Also, unlike with new builds of Mac OS X, where Apple makes the OS’s code name part of its branding, the approach for iOS is completely different. Apple uses a numeric approach to name its new iOS builds.

Turns out, the full list of iOS names has been published on TiPb after developer Steve Troughton-Smith, who we interviewed last month, tweeted the code names on Twitter. Apparently, the code names are named after ski resorts. ¬†They begin with the first version of iOS in 2007, when version 1.0 was known as “Alpine,” in reference to California’s Alpine Meadows.

iOS 2.0 is internally known as “Big Bear,” in connection with Big Bear Lake, Calif. Another California resort, Kirkwood Mountain, also inspired the codename for iOS 3.0 and so forth. The entire list of iOS code names can be found below:

  • 1.0: Alpine
  • 1.1: Little Bear
  • 2.0: Big Bear
  • 2.1: Sugarbowl
  • 2.2: Timberline
  • 3.0: Kirkwood
  • 3.1: Northstar
  • 3.2: Wildcat
  • 4.0: Apex
  • 4.1: Baker
  • 4.2: Jasper
  • 4.3: Durango
  • 5.0: Telluride
  • 5.1: Hoodoo
Much better than being named after desserts, don’t you think? ;-)

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