The Origins of the Name 'Safari'

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  1. macrumors bot



    Former Apple employee Don Melton has shared a unique look behind the scenes of the Safari development team. Melton was the team leader on both the Safari and WebKit products that are now used by millions of users on both iOS, the Mac, and Windows.

    The name Safari, however, wasn't decided on until less than a month before the browser was originally launched. A number of different names were suggested, including 'Freedom', but none of them seemed right.

    The name 'iBrowse' was used sarcastically within the team, though it was never used within the code. The development code name for Safari was 'Alexander'.
    In the end, the name 'Safari' was chosen and the rest is history.

    Article Link: The Origins of the Name 'Safari'
  2. macrumors 6502

    "Snappier" had something to do with it.
  3. macrumors 6502


    I always figured it was from "Surfin' Safari", meaning surf the web.
  4. macrumors 6502


    Safari always sounds like 'a rough ride' to me, while Apple makes it as smooth as possible. Never found the name appropriate.
  5. macrumors 68000


    So it's just the random one that stuck? I don't see the point of this. Better to keep its "origin" private then say it's the best of the crap we thought of.

    Maybe you see a few of the Mac OS cats on a safari?????
  6. Jessica Lares, Dec 20, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2012

    macrumors 604

    Jessica Lares

    Windows? :rolleyes: Where have you been the last few months?

    It's not a bad story though. Some things just happen like that.
  7. macrumors 68000


    Typo: lived, not loved.

    And it lived snappily ever after.
  8. macrumors G5


    I like “Alexander” actually. Safari seemed weird at the time, and now I’m just used to it. Too bad this origin story is missing, you know, the origin.

    “Alexandria” (after the ancient library) would have been a good name. The iOS version could be called “Ale...ria”.
  9. macrumors 6502a


    well this was a filler article....
  10. macrumors 6502

    Thank goodness they didn't go with "iBrowse".

    That just sounds awful.
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Interesting article. Now, where does IE, Chrome and Firefox naming come from? ;)
  12. macrumors 68000


    #12 mean.....everything Steve Jobs said was NOT solid gold at Apple? Like he actually did things that didn't stick or didn't work sometimes and had someone else do it instead? You mean not every single idea that came out of Apple and continues to come out of Apple after his death was not his idea necessarily?

    Somebody better alert the media and Wall Street. They seem to think that Apple is doomed. (yet again)
  13. macrumors 65816

    Wow... Pointless story. So you dont remember any of the names and then somehow Safari just appeared.
  14. macrumors 6502a

    SnowLeopard OSX

    I figured it was because Safaris are synonymous with exploration -- web browsing is like exploring the internet, but the word "explore" was already used by Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

    Interesting story, though. Thanks for posting this.
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    I always thought it was because "Safari" ends in an "i" and better than terrible names like "iBrowser," "iViewer" and "iSurfer." Crushed me like "Siri." I thought they used that name because it was "iRis" backwards. Turns out that's not it either.
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    doug in albq

    The Navigator asked the Explorer, where are the hot Foxes on this here Safari...?

    Under the front Chrome bumper of the Jeep.
  18. macrumors 6502a

    I like the name Safari. Every time I surf the web, I feel like I'm going on an adventure!

    And I very much like stories like this on the site. Little anecdotes about how things happen at Apple are great. Apple is by most measures the most successful technology company on the planet, and in fact one of the most successful companies on the planet in general. When Safari launched, the future of Apple was not even CLOSE to as bright as it is today. As a businessman, I enjoy getting some of the Apple backstory, as it's something anyone interested in business, marketing and technology would do well to research.
  19. macrumors 68000


    Safari...what's that? Oh right, that annoying app that keeps opening whenever I click a web link in other apps even though I have the far more versatile Chrome on the homescreen dock of my iPhone.
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    iBrowse was already a real browser...was one of the first, and best, browsers for the Amiga. Used it all the time in the mid '90s. :)

    Yeah, it's a little too tongue-in-cheek and doesn't quite have the professional feel for Apple to have gotten away with using it as a name.
  21. macrumors 68020


    let it go, bro
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    macrumors regular

    Going to make an Opera out of that story?
  23. macrumors 6502

    Safari, as in a tour through in the internet, which is a wild and dangerous place.

    BTW, that article can be summed up as follows: The story behind the name is that there is no story behind the name.
  24. macrumors 6502

    the original thought process of coming up with Safari:
    internet -> porn -> mating -> we're animals -> jungle -> safari
  25. macrumors regular

    should have been named POS

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