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iOS Internal CodeNames You Should Know

Each time, Google will announce a code name to each newly released Android system, such as Android 5.0 named Lollipop, Android 4.0 named Ice Cream Sandwich and so on, while Apple is not the same, we have never seen Apple introduced the CodeName of new system. But never misunderstanding, this does not mean iOS no codename.

In fact, Apple is also using codenames to refer to its platform revisions, as unveiled by developer Steve Troughton-Smith. Here are the codenames listed right next to the version number:

  • 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
  • 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

Compared to the iOS update, Apple will introduce these systems synchronization code name, as well as they will also explain why use these codenames for the new systems.

From 2001 to 2012, Apple named the OS X systems with some big cats name. But because the company also selected the internal code for the system, back in 2003, OSX’s internal code name choose to use wine names (OS X 10.6 is an exception, it always uses “Snow Leopard” a code name). Although since 2013. The OS X codenames start using place names of California, but the internal code name still used in wine name until 2014, in 2015 the internal code name derived from a grape for red wine. The following are the CodeNames of OS X since 10.0 beta.

  • OS X 10 beta: Kodiak
  • OS X 10.0: Cheetah
  • OS X 10.1: Puma
  • OS X 10.2: Jaguar
  • OS X 10.3 Panther (Pinot)
  • OS X 10.4 Tiger (Merlot)
  • OS X 10.4.4 Tiger (Intel: Chardonay)
  • OS X 10.5 Leopard(Chablis)
  • OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
  • OS X 10.7 Lion (Barolo)
  • OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion (Zinfandel)
  • OS X 10.9 Mavericks (Cabernet)
  • OS X 10.10: Yosemite (Syrah)
  • OS X 10.11: EI Capitan(Gala)

In fact, from the perspective of simple and easy to remember, Apple’s iOS update only selected numbers, this may be more convenient by increasing the number of iterations to hint the system update. But for users, the big cats or California place names used in the OS X system are also very interesting.

In June this year Apple will release the new iOS and OS X, wherein iOS is undoubtedly the iOS 10, and it is unclear which codename will be selected for OS X 10.12 update. Earlier some of the self-proclaimed “insider” revealed the name of the OS X in 2016, called Eagle Peak. Also found the OS X 10.12 code-named Fuji, which seems to imply that we will see Fuji wallpaper next year.

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