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Apple's Android-Like Code Names for iOS Revealed

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When it comes to cutesy nicknames for mobile platforms, Apple doesn't let Google have all the fun.

Taking a cue from Android's (GOOG) OS lineup of alphabetical desserts (Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich) as well as its own "big feline" versions of Mac OS X (Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion), Apple (AAPL) has had code names for each version of iOS all along. The public never heard about them because the names were never publicized.

Until now.

iPhone developer Steve Troughton-Smith unleashed the code names for iOS versions used internally by Apple. And like their dessert- and cat-themed brethren, the iOS names are derived from a specific category: the great outdoors. Many are named after ski resorts in California, while others are national forests and mountain ranges.

So yeah, while it doesn't have the appeal of a tasty after-dinner treat or the majesty of a ferocious predator, the image of a listless executive relaxing by the fire after a tough day on slopes could still lend itself to a mobile platform code name.

It just seems more appropriate for a BlackBerry (RIMM) OS line.

Anyhow, here are Apple's code names for its versions of iOS:
  • 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
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