iOS Version Code Names Are Labeled After Ski Resorts

Dec 5, 2011 - 5 Comments

iOS versions named after ski resorts

Fitting news as the Northern Hemisphere approaches winter and ski season, it has been discovered that Apple internally identifies iOS versions with code names based on ski resorts. The current list of iOS versions and their mountain code names is printed below, courtesy of AppleInsider:

  • 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

There doesn’t appear to be any relation between the popularity of the mountain and the significance of the iOS version, with even some little known ski resorts appearing on the list. Maybe Scott Forstall and the iOS development team are just big fans of snow sports?

Naming iOS versions after mountain resorts is in contrast to Apple’s desktop Mac OS X being code named and marketed with the names of large wild cats, starting with Mac OS X Cheetah (10.0), Puma (10.1), Jaguar (10.2), Panther (10.3), Tiger (10.4), Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), and most recently, Lion (10.7).


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Fun, iPad, iPhone, News


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  1. […] is the freezing level”. This seems like an odd oversight given that all the iOS codenames are named after ski resorts, clearly Apple employees enjoy the white room, but this will probably be added soon… maybe in […]

  2. Kay says:

    I wonder, what new Mac OS X version will be named after, when there are no more wild cats on this planet :)

  3. freerider says:

    Glad they chose not to use the names of resorts who still ban snowboarding. Humans do evolve I suppose.

  4. Roger Rodgers says:

    Actually, these names were not found by AppleInsider or TIPB or anyone else, they are taken from the book “IOS Forensic Analysis: for IPhone, IPad and IPod Touch By Sean Morrissey”

    Not your fault, since this is business as usual on the web, where nobody ever gives proper credit.

  5. Kazooey says:

    Apple will never use these for marketing, code names just confuse people when they aren’t something obvious like an animal. Look at Android, who knows what Ice Cream Honeycomb Sandwich is anyway?

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