What did “i” in iPhone really stand for ?


  In Short :

“I” stands for “ internet” in Apple products.

In Detail:

Apple products are the most talked about, have you ever wondered about the reason behind its product’s nomenclature?

All Apple products have an ‘i’ prefixed to their names, it’s an iMac, an iPhone, an iPad and an iTouch; and here’s the reason why they are named so. When the first Apple product, which was an iMac, was launched in 1998, Steve Jobs said that the Macintosh is for the number one use the consumers want a computer for, which is Internet. Therefore, the ‘i’ in the iPhone stood for Internet back then, since the iMac marked the beginning of modern computing, and the internet was catching up, so that’s what Apple was touting its products around.


Howbeit, Steve Jobs added, that the ‘i’ stands for more than just Internet. During the launch, he talked about how it also stands for individuality, instruction, and information and inspire.

Even though not many may have put too much thought in the product’s nomenclature, but it’s the ‘i’ that always makes all Apple products stand out from the other. A person who owns an iPhone would always refer to it as an ‘iPhone’ instead of simply calling it a phone. However, with Apple TV and Apple Watch the phraseology can be seen changing.

The prefix has perhaps lost some of its shine in recent years. Many of Apple’s recent products — including the Apple TV and the Apple Watch — have picked up a new naming convention, dropping the i entirely and opting instead for their generic name on its own, sometimes accompanied by Apple’s half-eaten logo.

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