Do you ever wonder what the “i” means in the iPhone? Apple has been naming its devices with a prefix “i” such as iPhone, iMac, iPod, Itunes etc, and it has been since the release of the first iMac in 1998. So why apple uses “i” as it the main prefix in all its products? Well, here is the answer.
Answer to What the “i” in iPhone means….
There have been many answers to these question. In 1998, at an apple event, Steve Jobs introduced the iMac. Jobs explained the link between “i” and “Mac”.
“iMac” comes with the combination of Internet with the simplicity of Macintosh,” he said.” We are targeting this for no. 1use that people tell us they want a computer for, which is to get on the internet fast and simple.”
In 1998, the prefix ‘i’ in iMac basically stood for The Internet. Jobs shows its explanation using a slide that said what else the “i” means to Apple. In the slide, besides Internet Apple’s prefix also stood for Individual, inform, instruct and inspire. Well, it is clearly understood that Apple didn’t have The Internet in mind when naming the iPod and Internet in ‘i’ comes much later.
in 2007, when iPhone has announced one of its three key ingredients was internet communication which brings back the original intended meaning to the prefix “i”. And the other two fundamentals were music and phone calls).
Now as Apple grows, the prefix “i” has emerged has some sort of brand niche for Apple. As it was abandoned the “i” while branding its smartwatch and TV boxes. Instead ofiWatch and iTV, Apple also have Apple Watch and Apple TV.
But no matter what sooner or later, Apple will return for its iconic “i” because it sells!