As super nerds, we are proud to say that we love Apple’s choices of code name their software versions around their favourite North American resorts, ranging from Okemo in Vermont to Heavenly in California.  But more recently they have deviated, and moved off to some international locations.

This is not a new revelation, as discoveries were made back in 2011 that this was the case. We couldn’t find a nice up to date list, so we put one together with the highlights and major dates of releases.

Apple Codename all of their iOS releases after your favourite ski resorts

Apple Codename all of their iOS releases after your favourite ski resorts

Each code release is below along with a little detail on each.

  • iPhone OS 1.0 Alpine – (June 2007) launched with the original iPhone featuring capacitive touch screen, Safari and HTML email
  • iPhone OS 1.0.2 Heavenly – WiFi iTunes Music, caller specific ringtones
  • iPhone OS 1.1 Little Bear – iPod Touch release
  • iPhone OS 1.1.1 
Snowbird – First compete suite of native apps including Calculator
  • iPhone OS 1.1.2 Oktoberfest –  Bug fixes and international keyboard support
  • iPhone OS 2.0 Big Bear – (July 2009) Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync the App Store, Mobile Me and other enterprise support, 3rd party apps
  • iPhone OS 2.1 Sugarbowl – Reliability, bugs and battery life
  • iPhone OS 2.2 Timberline – Google Streetview with walking & driving directions, Podcast download over-the-air
  • iPhone OS 3.0 Kirkwood – (June 2009) Major feature update: in-app purchases, push notifications, cut, copy, and paste (simple, but 3 versions?!), MMS, a Voice Memos app, video recording, and Voice Control, Bluetooth between phones
  • iPhone OS 3.1 Northstar – AppStore Genius and more standard ring tones
  • iPhone OS 3.2 Wildcat – iPad only release
  • iOS 4.0 Apex – (June 2010) First iOS version, multitasking for App Store apps, Folders for Apps, iBooks for iPhone, Game Center, iAd, FaceTime
  • iOS 4.1 Baker – HDR photography, a social music network named Ping (anyone remember that?)
  • iOS 4.2 Jasper – unified iPhone and iPad software releases, and included AirPlay, AirPrint
  • iOS 4.2.5 Phoenix – introduction of Personal hotspot
  • iOS 4.3 Durango – iPad 2 upgrades such as AirPlay Mirroring, navigation gestures, FaceTime
  • iOS 5.0: Telluride – (October 2011)  Notification Center, Newsstand, Reminders, iMessage, Siri, integration with iCloud.
  • iOS 5.1: Hoodoo – Fast camera access from lock screen,  little tweaks to core apps
  • iOS 6: Sundance – (September 2012) support of 16:9 displays for the then-new iPhone 5, for a new, Google-free version of the Maps app, Passbook, Facebook integration, Do not disturb
  • iOS 6.1: Brighton – LTE upgrades and serious changes to iTunes Match and Siri
  • iOS 7: Innsbruck – (September 2013, Reference to Tyrol in western Austria) Major Design overhaul, introduction of Control Center and AirDrop, Touch ID fingerprint scanner on new iPhone 5s hardware
  • iOS 7.1: Sochi – (reference to the winter Olympics venue) A few small design changes and CarPlay
  • iOS 8: Okemo – (~September 2014) Rumoured to have a fitness bent to take on the Nike+ and FitBit

There are many points in between with bug fixes and performance updates. The naming scheme is not well known, but these show you the major points.

When did you start on the iOS bandwagon, or are you more of an Android person?

Duncan Isaksen-Loxton