Apple's secret iOS code names inspired by ski resorts

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in iPhone edited January 2014
Though iOS code names are not advertised by Apple, the company still internally uses a series of secret names for each new build of its mobile operating system.



Unlike with new builds of Mac OS X, where Apple makes the software's code name part of its branding, the company sticks with a numeric approach for new iOS builds. But internally, the company has used a series of ski resorts across North America to identify each version of iOS.



The full list of iOS names was recently publicized by TiPb after developer Steve Troughton-Smith brought attention to the code names on Twitter. 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," recalling Big Bear Lake, Calif. Another California resort, Kirkwood Mountain, also inspired the codename for iOS 3.0.



The iPad-only iOS 3.2 release came to the east coast to find a resort to inspire its "Wildcat" name, referencing a mountain in New Hampshire. And Apple went across the border, to British Columbia, Canada, for iOS 4.0 "Apex," named for the Apex Mountain Resort.



The latest major release of iOS, version 5.0, carries the codename "Telluride," taken from a ski resort in Colorado. Even Apple's next operating system release, iOS 5.1, has a codename: "Hoodoo." The secret title for iOS 5.1, currently in beta, is inspired by an Oregon ski resort.



Version 1.0 of iOS was given the code name "Alpine."



The full list of iOS code names so far is:

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

Code names were originally used only internally for builds of Mac OS X 10.0 and up, with the first version known as "Cheetah." Eventually the cat-themed code names became part of the product branding, including this year's release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.



Apple's main competition in the mobile operating system space, Google's Android platform, is also publicly promoted with its code names. New Android builds, including version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and 3.0 Honeycomb, are named after desserts by Google.
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  • Reply 1 of 44
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,505member
    Suicide Six in VT isn't there .... Lol
  • Reply 2 of 44
    801801 Posts: 271member
    To think that a company such as Apple would have to resort to such a naming scheme.
  • Reply 3 of 44
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    Originally Posted by 801 View Post


    To think that a company such as Apple would have to resort to such a naming scheme.



    *twitch* *twitch*
  • Reply 4 of 44
    Sadly, these are hardly secret. Anyone who's followed the jailbreak scene for any amount of time would know this. The entire list has been on theiphonewiki.com for quite some time. As a matter of fact, "alpine" is the default root password.
  • Reply 5 of 44
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    Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post


    Suicide Six in VT isn't there .... Lol



    Perhaps they're saving it for iOS 6.0!
  • Reply 6 of 44
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jmillermcp View Post


    Sadly, these are hardly secret. Anyone who's followed the jailbreak scene for any amount of time would know this. The entire list has been on theiphonewiki.com for quite some time. As a matter of fact, "alpine" is the default root password.



    Yeah, I don't get why this is a story when the info has been known the entire time. Even Wikipedia has had them on their List of Apple Codenames page for 3 years: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?...ldid=258167893
  • Reply 7 of 44
    Yawn.
  • Reply 8 of 44
    blitz1blitz1 Posts: 413member
    How about just making iOS work?
  • Reply 9 of 44
    conradjoeconradjoe Posts: 1,887member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Blitz1 View Post


    How about just making iOS work?



    Are you saying that Apple should spend less time thinking of silly sooper sekret code names, and more time getting rid of the battery bug in the i4S?
  • Reply 10 of 44
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    Originally Posted by 801 View Post


    To think that a company such as Apple would have to resort to such a naming scheme.



    Alpine for some more cool ski resort names!
  • Reply 11 of 44
    davdav Posts: 109member
    To think that a company such as AppleInsider would have to resort to such a story.
  • Reply 12 of 44
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Blitz1 View Post


    How about just making iOS work?



    How about not trolling?
  • Reply 13 of 44
    Everybody on the planet names projects with code names...everybody.
  • Reply 14 of 44
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    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    How about not trolling?



    I haven't the foggiest idea what that poster meant.

    I got Durango installed, and it's working great, except for occassionally losing wifi during FaceTime connections and the iPod app once being stuck in shuffle mode until I did a reboot. Otherwise, iOS is pretty stable compared to say, sugary snack OSes that need frequent reboots.
  • Reply 15 of 44
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    Originally Posted by fishstick_kitty View Post


    Everybody on the planet names projects with code names...everybody.



    What about dessert chefs? You think they codename their desserts after famous scifi androids?
  • Reply 16 of 44
    Even Apple's codenames are awesome. They're brilliant. How do they do it? Ski resort names are much better than desserts; everyone knows that.



    Look at the list of codenames: impeccable. They're way better than everyone else's codenames. Pure genius at work.
  • Reply 17 of 44
    This is news?
  • Reply 18 of 44
    So they copied this from Microsoft then, where ski resorts are used as the codenames for Windows:



    Windows XP - Whistler

    Windows Vista - Longhorn (a bar at Whistler-Blackcomb)

    Windows 7 - Blackcomb



    Seems like Cupertino have been starting their photocopiers.
  • Reply 19 of 44
    blitz1blitz1 Posts: 413member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton View Post


    I haven't the foggiest idea what that poster meant.

    I got Durango installed, and it's working great, except for occassionally losing wifi during FaceTime connections and the iPod app once being stuck in shuffle mode until I did a reboot. Otherwise, iOS is pretty stable compared to say, sugary snack OSes that need frequent reboots.



    Did you run out of battery before posting?
  • Reply 20 of 44
    tylerk36tylerk36 Posts: 1,037member
    Mt Ashland Ski Resort. Ashland Oregon. Go Grizzlies.
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