List of Apple codenames

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Apple codenames are the codenames given to products by Apple Inc. during development. The codenames are often used internally only for various reasons, often to maintain secrecy of the project. Occasionally they may end up being the product name. This article contains a list of codenames and the associated Apple product, used internally by Apple, rather than the final marketed product names.

(main reference: Owen W. Linzmayer, Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World's Most Colorful Company, 2004)[1]


Apple Accessories[edit]

Apple TV[edit]

Apple Watch[edit]

Apple-designed processors[edit]

Apple internal codenames are named after wind and weather patterns. [6]

iPad[edit]

iPhone[edit]

iPod[edit]

Macintosh[edit]

Apple[edit]

eMac[edit]

  • Northern LightseMac (ATI Graphics)
  • P69eMac
  • Q86JeMac (2005)

iBook[edit]

iMac[edit]

Mac mini[edit]

Mac Pro[edit]

MacBook[edit]

MacBook Air[edit]

MacBook Pro[edit]

Macintosh[edit]

PowerBook[edit]

PowerMac[edit]

Software[edit]

Applications[edit]

iOS[edit]

The codename naming convention for iOS are ski resorts. [29] [22][30][30]

  • iOS 1.x
Version Codename
1.0 Heavenly/Alpine
1.0.1 SUHeavenlyJuly
1.0.2
1.1 Snowbird
1.1.1
1.1.2 Oktoberfest
1.1.3 Little Bear
1.1.4
1.1.5
  • iOS 2.x
Version Codename
2.0 Big Bear
2.0.1
2.0.2
2.1 Sugar Bowl
2.1.1
2.2 Timberline
2.2.1 SUTimberline
  • iOS 3
Version Codename
3.0 Kirkwood
3.0.1
3.1 Northstar
3.1.1
3.1.2
3.1.3 SUNorthstarTwo
3.2 Wildcat
3.2.1
3.2.2
  • iOS 4
Version Codename
4.0 Apex
4.0.1
4.0.2
4.1 Baker
4.2.1 Jasper
4.3 Durango
4.3.1
4.3.2
4.3.3
4.3.4
4.3.5
  • iOS 5
Version Codename
5.0 Telluride
5.0.1
5.1 Hoodoo
5.1.1
  • iOS 6
Version Codename
6.0 Sundance
6.0.1
6.0.2
6.1 Brighton
6.1.1
6.1.2
6.1.3 BrightonMaps
6.1.4
6.1.5
6.1.6
  • iOS 7
Version Codename
7.0 Innsbruck
7.0.1
7.0.2
7.0.3 InnsbruckTaos
7.0.4
7.0.5
7.0.6
7.1 Sochi
7.1.1 SUSochi
7.1.2 Sochi
  • iOS 8
Version Codename
8.0 Okemo
8.0.1
8.0.2
8.1 OkemoTaos
8.1.1 SUOkemoTaos
8.1.2
8.1.3 SUOkemoTaosTwo
8.2 OkemoZurs
8.3 Stowe
8.4 Copper
8.4.1 Donner
  • iOS 9
Version Codename
9.0 Monarch
9.0.1
9.0.2
9.1 Boulder
9.2 Castlerock
9.2.1 Dillon
9.3 Eagle
9.3.1
9.3.2 Frisco
9.3.3 Genoa
9.3.4
9.3.5
  • iOS 10
Version Codename
10.0.1 Whitetail
10.0.2
10.1 Butler
10.1.1
10.2 Corry
10.2.1 Dubois
10.3 Erie
10.3.1
10.3.2 Franklin
10.3.3 Greensburg
  • iOS 11
Version Codename
11.0 Tigris
11.0.1
11.0.2
11.0.3
11.1 Bursa
11.1.1
11.1.2
11.2 Cinar
11.2.1
11.2.2
11.2.5 Dalaman
11.2.6
11.3 Emet
11.3.1
11.4 Fatsa
11.4.1 Gebze

Mac OS System[edit]

Mac OS System is often cited as having multiple codenames.

Mac OS & Mac OS Server[edit]

The codename naming convention for Mac OS 9 often followed musical terminology.

Mac OS 8 & 9[edit]

Mac OS X[edit]

The public releases of Mac OS X are named after big cats, however the internal codenames are named after wine varieties. [31]

Mac OS X Server[edit]

macOS[edit]

Public release names for macOS are named after landmarks in California [36], however the internal codenames naming convention follows after mountains.

tvOS[edit]

  • tvOS 9
Version Codename
9.0 MonarchTide
9.0.1
9.1 Tilden
9.1.1 Noble
9.2 Angora
9.2.1 Fern
9.2.2 Gilmore
  • tvOS 10
Version Codename
10.0 Union
10.0.1 Bugle
10.1 Clementine
10.1.1 Diamond
10.2 Emerald
10.2.1 Florence
10.2.2 Gold
  • tvOS 11
Version Codename
11.0 Topaz
11.1 Bass
11.2 Coyote
11.2.1
11.2.5 Dixon
11.2.6
11.3 Eaton
11.4 Francis
11.4.1 Grant

watchOS[edit]

watchOS often follows the codename naming convention for beaches.[29][38]

  • watchOS 1
Version Codename
1.0 SkiHill
1.0.1 Bucket
  • watchOS 2
Version Codename
2.0 Bondi
2.0.1 Atlantic
2.1 Bahar
2.2 Angora
2.2.1 Fish
2.2.2 Goldfish
  • watchOS 3
Version Codename
3.0 Daytona
3.1 Blowfish
3.1.1 Catfish
3.1.3 Dogfish
3.2 Electric
3.2.2 Firefish
3.2.3 Ghostfish
  • watchOS 4
Version Codename
4.0 Fortune
4.1 Beluga
4.2 Catamaran
4.2.2 Dolphin
4.2.3
4.3 Emperor
4.3.1 Ferry
4.3.1 Gull
  • watchOS 5
Version Codename
5.0 Glory

Technologies[edit]

Other[edit]

  • Brick - Apple's aluminum unibody manufacturing process
  • NexusRetail Store Initiative
  • Magnolia - Apple facility including a regenerative thermal oxidizer to reduce pollution[40]
  • Titan - Apple Car[40]

References[edit]

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