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For firmware version codenames (BuildTrains), see Firmware Codenames.


This page lists several code names of Apple features.

ACE 
The USB-C port controller on the Mac
Akashi 
Cellular data on Apple Watch
Broadway 
Apple Card
Brook
Handwashing detection (BrookServices and BrookDataCollection private frameworks since iOS 14).
Burrito 
Bedtime (unsure of boundary with Eucalyptus)
Cinnamon 
Apple Watch electrocardiogram
CKKS
CloudKit Keychain Syncing, part of iCloud Keychain
Durian 
AirTags (seen eg. in the firmware update)
Ensemble 
Universal Control (macOS 12/iOS 15)
Eucalyptus 
Sleep tracking (unsure of boundary with Burrito)
Green Tea 
Chinese region customizations
Haywire 
Lightning video adapters (eg. Lightning to HDMI)
HiFive 
Chip present in Lightning cable connectors to negotiate the Lightning protocol.
Hydra 
Multiplexing chip in iDevices since iPhone X to deal with the Lightning protocol.
Lisa 
Digital Crown on the Apple Watch.
Newton 
Apple Watch fall detection
Madrid 
iMessage[1]
Marzipan 
UIKit on macOS (Catalyst)
Maverick 
Update protocol from AP to Baseband chip
Medusa 
iPad Split Screen (probably Slide Over etc. too), not to be confused with the T1 EFI device (http://www.cmizapper.com/products/medusa-3.html)
Mesa 
TouchID on iDevices
Rose 
U1 / Ultra Wide Band chip
Sanddollar 
TouchID on the T1/T2 MacBook
Savage 
Baseband related (references wireless, ICCID (therefore eSIM?), MEID, etc), related to Yonkers
Scandium 
Apple Watch blood oxygen saturation measurement
Search Party 
Find My network (SP prefix in frameworks etc)
SOS 
Secure Object Sync, part of iCloud Keychain
Stark 
CarPlay
Stockholm 
Apple Pay / Secure Element (handles NFC as well)
Skywagon 
Xcode Cloud
Tincan 
Walkie-Talkie
Tinker 
Apple Watch Family Setup
Tristar 
Multiplexing chip in iDevices that deals with the Lightning protocol.
Tritium 
Apple Watch always-on screen (series 5 and later)
Vinyl 
The eSIM or eUICC
Wormhole 
AirDrop[2]
Yonkers 
Baseband / Wireless related (relates to Savage)
Zeus 
Hermès variants of products (like Apple Watch and AirTag)

Unknown names

Codenames seen somewhere, but for which we don't know the meaning or it's not certain, and needs more investigation.

Absinthe
FairPlay-related
Avocado
Seen in SpringBoard code os_feature_enabled_impl("SpringBoard", "Avocado")
Engram
A "keychain view" (whatever that is), related to iCloud Keychain; there's also a related Engram private framework
Futhark
Private framework since iOS 9 (text detection?)
Hawkeye
Some FindMy-enabled product, probably means third-party devices.
(mentioned in FMIPCore, SiriFindMy and SPShared frameworks, locationd and searchpartyd daemons).
Madia
Unknown
Manatee
A "keychain view" (whatever that is), related to iCloud Keychain
Mescal
FairPlay-related
Morphun
Private framework, there's also a MorphunData asset in mesu.
Neutrino
Private frameworks since iOS 11 (NeutrinoCore and NeutrinoKit).
Nitrogen
Unknown
Octagon
Related to iCloud Keychain
Orion
MCU of some kind
Oslo
Related to NFC payments; mentioned in SEP OS, `nfcd`, and `PrivateFrameworks/iCloudQuota*`.
Osprey
Private framework iOS 13, related to Siri, uses Absinthe
Pegasus
Private framework since iOS 9 (not related to NSO's exploit tool).
Peppy
Unknown
Piggyback
Some protocol related to Secure Object Sync / iCloud Keychain.
Prague
Related to NFC payments; mentioned in SEP OS, `nfcd`, `mobileactivationd`, and `PrivateFrameworks/DeviceIdentity`.
Proud Lock
Mentioned on SpringBoard code, possibly FaceID unlock?
Silex
Private framework since iOS 11.
Vapor
Seen in SpringBoard code os_feature_enabled_impl("NotificationCenter", "Vapor")
Veridian
Viceroy
Seen in multiple frameworks, FaceTime-related.
Xavier
Private frameworks since iOS 14 (XavierCore/XavierNews).

CPU cores

Since the A6, Apple SoCs have Apple-designed CPU cores. This table lists their names.

SoC Performance core Low-power core
A6 Swift N/A
A7 Cyclone N/A
A8 Typhoon N/A
A9 Twister N/A
A10 Hurricane Zephyr
A11 Monsoon Mistral
A12 Vortex Tempest
A13 Lightning Thunder
A14/M1 Firestorm Icestorm
A15[3] Avalanche Blizzard

References / notes

  1. ^ "Madrid" and com.apple.madrid appear in iMessage code, data files, and protocol
  2. ^ sharingd used to have classes like SDWormholeConnection
  3. ^ https://twitter.com/never_released/status/1431406418322657280