what does the "i" stand for?

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  1. nazariteguitar macrumors newbie

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    OK, call me a Mac nOOB, I know it . what does (i)everything stand for:


    itunes
    iMac
    ibook
    ilife
    ipod
    iphoto
    idvd


    The whole world is "i" ahhhhh..

    Honestly what does it stand for (my best guess is "internet").
     
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  3. MacBandit macrumors 604

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    When the iMac first came out it stood for Internet Mac. Now it simply means that it's a next generation consumer product.
     
  4. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

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    That's basically it. It went from meaning Internet to just any basic consumer oriented product from Apple.
     
  5. montecristo macrumors member

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    The fact that the "i" has evolved from "internet" to any consumer-oriented product from Apple again demonstrates the power Apple has in innovating, foreseeing and creating the future. Other non-apple products have also tried to cash in on the "iProduct" idea. So, I think the "i" is starting to evolve into meaning a tech-savvy, life-simplifying product.
     
  6. strider42 macrumors 65816

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    I think it demonstrates that the internet is not the be all and end all of computers. Thats why internet appliances and things like webTV fail. The internet is great and all, but sometimes the computer just needs to do more, which apple seems fully congnizant of.
     
  7. MacBandit macrumors 604

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    That's true but I also think that the more broadband access becomes the norm the more devices will be successful that rely on it. I also think Apple recognizes this and that it's just a little too soon to be pushing internet only devices as of yet.
     
  8. ump3 macrumors member

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    Couldn't it be simply 'i' as in me (and you) :D its my tunes, my photos, my pod!?

    can't wait to see these in production:

    istrain
    ilash
    iball
    i-of-the-tiger :)
     
  9. MacBandit macrumors 604

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    Well it could but Apple did explain what it meant when the iMac came out as I posted above.
     
  10. OutThere macrumors 603

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    iRemeber;) that when I got my original iMac DV the first startup movie mentioned a lot about how easy it was to get on the internet and it came with all these assistants to get on the internet. It was pretty cool and worked well, unlike Xp's wizrds.

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    n00b (zeroes)
     
  11. SiliconAddict macrumors 603

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    Compaq iPaq
    Its not just an Apple hangup. I'm actually somewhat suprised that X hasn't taken off. xTunes xPod xSync and.....OS X
     
  12. montecristo macrumors member

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    It's already been tried: Windows XP....That didn't work so well. What's an "xP?" An "ex-Pee". What is that?
     
  13. TEG macrumors 604

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    XP, in Greek Chi Ro. Cairo is Greek for Jesus, there fore M$ thinks Windows XP is Jesus!!

    Long live the i = my (or mine)

    TEG
     
  14. beefstu01 macrumors member

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    AXP

    Alpha Chi Rho

    (My friend is in it.... crazy bunch)
     
  15. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

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    yep. time for a crucifixion.
     
  16. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

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    I just assumed it was XP because Microsoft always enjoys copying Apple so they took X from OS X and added a P just so it wouldn't be too obvious. It just seems odd that for so long it has been Win 95, 98, 2000, ME, 2003...then once they saw the success of OS X coming out, suddenly Windows has "X" in their Windows, too.
     
  17. Waluigi macrumors 6502

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    Hahahahahahaha. I like that, obvious, but not too obvious.

    --Waluigi
     
  18. jefhatfield Retired

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    Re: what does the "i" stand for?

    i think with the imac and ibook, it was for the "internet", but now, it's just a letter and it still "sounds cool"...hopefully
     
  19. scem0 macrumors 604

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    I had always thought it stood for 'imagine'.....

    hmmm....

    scem0
     
  20. Schiffi macrumors 6502a

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    I'm gonna go out on a limb and say the i means:

    incrediblycoolandgreaterthananythingelseyoucanbuyfortheprice
     
  21. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    Well.. the i in iPhoto doesn't mean Internet, nor does the i in iPod, nor the i in iDVD. With the original iMac, it meant Internet, now I think it does just mean "I", as in "me".
     
  22. hulugu macrumors 68000

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    i vs. XP

    Originally the 'i' in iMac meant internet, but I've come to believe that the 'i' stands for individual, insight, intuition, all those good 'i' words.
    XP, as I understand, stand for eXtreme Programming, just as ME stood for Millenium Edition. Of course, that means MS doesn't get whole acronym thing real well, but I disgress.
     
  23. Macpoops macrumors 6502

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    always thought XP was for eXPeriance, the Windows Experiance, more like eXtreme Pain in the A$$
     
  24. hulugu macrumors 68000

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    Just don't make it angry

    I've used XP and I've found it fine:

    as long as the computer's unplugged

    rimshot


    Seriously, XP is best of the litter with regards to Windows, and it does do some things rather well so long as you don't use Explorer, Outlook, change any drives or devices and generally baby it. And you don't mind MS looking at the kind of program you use, nor the worms virii...


    wait, XP sucks. Nevermind. Go back to the beginning please.
     
  25. MacBandit macrumors 604

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    That's true but it doesn't necessarily have to mean anything. How many names of products out there have any meaning to the product? I would have to guess 99.9% of them. In any case if I had to chose a name meaning besides internet I would use it in the context of a incomplete sentence with the name of the product being a verb and the I meaning the user. So iMac would mean that the user uses a Mac and so on.
     

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