Apple’s Codenames For iOS Versions

iPad vs Galaxy Tab

Google has given some interesting codenames to their Android – mobile operating system.

For example: the latest version v4.0 is dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich, while the version before that was called Honeycomb and v2.x was called Gingerbread.

While iOS versions are known by their version numbers, which is quite boring. Developer and hacker Steve Troughton-Smith has revealed that Apple internally uses codenames for iOS versions as well and here are the different code names that have been used so far. They are as follows:

  • 1.0: Alpine (1.0.0 – 1.0.2: Heavenly)
  • 1.1: Little Bear (1.1.1: Snowbird, 1.1.2: Oktoberfest)
  • 2.0: Big Bear
  • 2.1: Sugarbowl
  • 2.2: Timberline
  • 3.0: Kirkwood
  • 3.1: Northstar
  • 3.2: Wildcat (iPad only)
  • 4.0: Apex
  • 4.1: Baker
  • 4.2: Jasper (4.2.5 – 4.2.10: Phoenix)
  • 4.3: Durango
  • 5.0: Telluride
  • 5.1: Hoodoo

That’s pretty cool. In case you haven’t guessed, these names are mostly after ski resorts.

We remember using codenames for iOS back in 2008 when it was called iPhone OS, but for some reason stopped using it.

Thanks Troughton-Smith for reminding us that they exist.

[@stroughtonsmith, TiPb via iClarified]