Apple's operating system for mobile devices including the iPhone and iPad, iOS, is publicly known by numbers. But
developer Steve Troughton-Smith has let the cat out of the bag on the internal codenames used within Apple's hallowed walls.
Here's the rundown of iOS codenames:
- iOS 1.0 Alpine
- iOS 1.0.2 Heavenly
- iOS 1.1 Little Bear
- iOS 1.1.1 Snowbird
- iOS 1.1.2 Oktoberfest
- iOS 2.0 Big Bear
- iOS 2.1 Sugarbowl
- iOS 2.2 Timberline
- iOS 3.0 Kirkwood
- iOS 3.1 Northstar
- iOS 3.2 Wildcat
- iOS 4.0 Apex
- iOS 4.1 Baker
- iOS 4.2 Jasper
- iOS 4.2.5 Phoenix
- iOS 4.3 Durango
- iOS 5.0: Telluride
- iOS 5.1: Hoodoo
Spotted the connection? It took us a minute, but they are American ski runs and resorts.
Heavenly and Northstar are at Lake Tahoe on the border of Nevada and California; Sugarbowl, Kirkwood and Big Bear are in California; Durango and Telluride are in Colorado; Snowbird is in Utah; Timberline and Hoodoo are in Oregon; and Phoenix is in Arizona.
Baker probably refers to Mount Baker in Washington. Outside the US, Apex and Jasper are in Canada. We're waiting for iOS 256.1.1 Leeds Snowdome.
There's a Wildcat Mountain in New Hampshire, which perhaps rules out Wildcat from the list of big cat-themed codenames Apple uses for its OS X desktop software. That pack includes Cheetah, Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard and the latest version, Lion.
Update: With the unveiling of the latest version of OS X in June 2013, Apple has moved away from the cat theme and embraced extreme sports once again.-- as well as , and a passel of .
It's Android that's made a nom de guerre de rigeur for software updates. Each newis named after a tasty treat in alphabetical order: Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb and the latest, Ice Cream Sandwich. The next update is rumoured to be Jelly Bean.
But did you know that Google's operating system actually started out named after well-known androids? According to Troughton-Smith, the A and B of Android were cartoon robots Astro and Bender, from The Jetsons and Futurama.
Microsoft is also getting in on the action, with versions of Windows Phone codenamed Mango, and Um-Bongo -- sorry, I mean .
What's your favourite codename? Have you ever ridden the powder at any of the iOS resorts? Slalom down to the comments or shred at our Facebook page.