Uncovering tech's most peculiar product codenames

Tech companies go to painstaking lengths to keep new products confidential, which is why many of them assign "secret" product codenames. Here's an insider's look at some of the most unusual codenames, with themes ranging from felines to fairytales.

By Kristin Burnham, CIO |  Software, Apple, Facebook

Apple Upsets Carl Sagan

In 1994, Apple codenamed the PowerMac 7100 "Carl Sagan." When the famous scientist discovered this, he sued Apple to change the name. Apple, in turn, renamed the computer "BHA," which stood for "butt-head astronomer." Very mature, Apple.

Once again, however, Sagan caught wind of this new name for the PowerMac 7100 and promptly sued the company for libel, but ultimately lost.

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