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What does the “i” mean in iPhone, iMac, iPad, iPod…any idea?

What does the “i” mean in iPhone, iMac, iPad, iPod…any idea?

When Steve Jobs announced the first iPhone on January 9, 2007, it was a moment that changed the mobile phone market forever. In one of the most famous product unveilings in history, Jobs said it was three products in one: an iPod, a cell phone, and an innovative Internet communications device. Why was the letter “i” added to the phone and it became the iPhone?

First of all, the question is relevant: Have you ever wondered what the "i" in iPhone means? Yes, it's not just the iPhone that has the letter "i" in its name, there's also the iPad, iMac, iPod, and others. Over the past three decades, approximately 30 Apple products (both hardware and software) have started with a lowercase "i." After all, what does "I" mean?

Let's delve into Apple's history and find out.

It all started in 1998 with the iMac

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Before Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997, the company was on the verge of bankruptcy. The 1998 iMac was the machine that saved the company. Jobs described the iMac as an innovative personal computer designed to be an easy way to access the Internet.

When the iMac was in development, Jobs initially wanted to call it "MacMan," which would be similar to the terms "Walkman" and "Pac-Man" that were popular at the time. But Ken Segal, an Apple employee at an advertising firm, suggested the name "iMac," with the "i" standing for "Internet."

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Jobs officially unveiled the iMac on May 6, 1998. He had this to say about the iMac name:

The iMac combines the excitement of the Internet with the simplicity of the Macintosh. Although it's a pure Macintosh, we're targeting it for the number one use that consumers tell us they want a computer for, which is accessing the Internet — simple and fast.

Although we may think that the Internet is no longer a big deal today, it was a big deal in 1998 when it wasn't common. But the "i" also stands for more than just the Internet.

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During that presentation, Jobs took Segal's original idea for the iMac name and revealed that the "i" also stood for "individual," "instruct," "inform," and "inspire."

And the iPhone?

After the first iMac, in 1999 Apple adopted the "i" name for the iBook, which was essentially Apple's first laptop. Then came the iPod in 2001, which became one of the most successful products in Apple's entire history. But what comes after the iPod?

In 2007, the iPhone was revealed to the world. but There were other names the iPhone could be calledIncluding "Mobi", "TriPod", "Telepod" and even "iPad".

Fortunately, someone thought that the “i” would fit perfectly with the word “telephone,” which, if we follow the original meaning of the word “Internet,” would be “Internet phone.” And that's what the iPhone has always been - an Internet communication device.

Even if you ask Apple itself, there is no definitive answer. But considering that the biggest advantage of the first iPhone was having the full Internet experience on a cell phone, this makes logistical sense.

Considering that the iPhone has surpassed the iPod as Apple's most successful product ever, it's hard to imagine the "iPhone" name going away any time soon.