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iOS version code names

I'm a sucker for code names. They're so Bond. While Apple doesn't use public code names for iOS the way the company does for OS X — no big cats like Snow Leopard or California landmarks like El Capitan — it does use internal code names primarily based on ski resorts. They're not meant for the public but, once a version of iOS goes public, they're not hard to find.

  • 1.0: Alpine / Heavenly
  • 1.1: Snowbird
  • 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
  • 6.0: Sundance
  • 6.1: Brighton
  • 7.0: Innsbruck
  • 7.1: Sochi
  • 8.0: Okemo
  • 8.1: OkemoTaos
  • 8.2: OkemoZurs
  • 8.3: Stowe
  • 8.4: Copper
  • 9.0: Monarch
  • 9.1: Boulder
  • 9.2: Castlerock
  • 9.3: Eagle
  • 10.0: Whitetail
  • 10.1: Butler
  • 10.2: Corry
  • 10.3: Erie
  • 11.0: Tigris
  • 11.1: Bursa
  • 11.2: Cinar
  • 11.3: Emet
  • 11.4: Fatsa
  • 12.0: Hope
  • 13.0: Yukon
  • 14.0: Azul
  • 15.0: Sky

While knowing these names doesn't add to the feature set of the software, it does add a little depth to the experience. And because they're technically secret code names, they're ever so much cooler than desserts.

Rene Ritchie
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

22 Comments
  • they should call them after obscure color names.
  • I'm a skier/snowboarder, so I think these names are pretty cool.
  • maybe they can use different types of apples... oh wait
  • I think they use these unconventional names to help with their ironclad security practices. If someone hears about Apple's Kirkwood or Hoodoo, they won't have any idea what they are hearing about. If they followed a traditional convention then everyone would know what letter or category to look for. Apple FTW!
  • Uhhh... ya think? o_O
  • Where you born with an ass sewed to your face or did you do that on your own?
  • check this out Apple geeks >> http://j.mp/u4ASnI
  • They are all names of ski resorts in Tahoe area, some of my favorites are in there
  • Not all taho, but ski resort/slopes for sure. I used to ski Durango Colorado every year... At the time the resort was called purgatory and all runs had heaven/hell/in between names. Sweet if you ask me!!! Much better than "ice cream sandwich"!!!
  • it was in there. 1.0.0-1.0.2.
  • aren't these all ski spots ?
  • What device is shown in the pic? it has a very high screen resolution...
  • There is an interesting device that this company named "Apple" makes. It is called an "iPad". I believe they are on version 2 now.
  • My ideas:
    -- Dirty Sanchez
    -- Muffintop
    -- Cankles
    -- Spitshine
    -- Say, Vicar!
    -- Glazed Donut
    -- Grandma's Cookie
    -- Golden Shower
    -- Merkin
    -- Cupertino Threeway
    -- Pearl Necklace
    -- Crimson Tide
    -- The Hunt for Pink October
    -- Man Chowder
    Apple, call me!
  • It sounds like you should be on Tube8.com.
  • I live in Innsbruck, Austria. It's a great place!
  • i live in chennai,india.it's a nice place to live
  • "Ever so much cooler than desserts"
    Lol...must be cool under that shade.
  • So I assume 9.3 will come with a 'Spread' feature of some sort?
  • Wow, really cool names. But what's the hating on Android all about, those desserts are also cool names. And before anyone shouts at me for being a Fandroid, I'm typing this on my iPhone 6S Plus. Sent from the iMore App
  • I thought only Android did these ridiculous code names. Sent from the iMore App
  • Android does ridiculous *release* names! :)