Is it still an internetMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by macfreek57, Jun 8, 2007.

  1. macfreek57 macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2002
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    So I may be a little rusty on my Apple history, but I believe the i in iMac originally stood for "internet". Wikipedia at least backs me up. I was just thinking that maybe the name iMac isn't so much appropriate any more these days considering that, in the PC market, easy internet access is not so much a selling point as it is a given. It seems to have lost a little bit of that meaning over the years. Apple seems to feel that way also, as it hasn't advertised it as the internet Mac in years. It seems a shame to have a meaningless name like that hanging around for so long, but the answer is certainly not to just lop off the i and name it something else -- there's a lot of name recognition in the name iMac. I was thinking that maybe they could just have the i stand for something else.
    I don't think intelMac would be a good name. I think the boat already sailed on that opportunity. Plus, it seems you'd want it to stand for something that differentiates it from the rest of their PC line. Maybe integratedMac, but that would take quite some advertising spin to make that not sound a little to techie.
    Got any other ideas?
  2. Vidd macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2006
    If you watched the original keynote, you'd know it stood for several things.
    "Innovation" was one meaning and I believe it's still relevant today.
  3. theBB macrumors 68020


    Jan 3, 2006
    Some abbreviations gain a life of their own. Do you know what IBM or AT&T stands for?
  4. jburns macrumors regular

    May 1, 2007
    Of course. International Business Machines and American Telephone & Telegraph.
  5. theBB macrumors 68020


    Jan 3, 2006
    Not anymore... IBM has sold more than business machines in the last few decades and I'd be surprised to hear if AT&T still lets you send telegraph messages. A lot of the times, these are not abbreviations any more, as the company officially declares that these letter combinations do not stand for anything. ESPN is another one of those I believe.
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
  7. JAT macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    The i has become its own name, it needs no word behind it. It's so many products now, whether from Apple or not. The iPod accomplished that. It never had a word behind it in that product. I don't think the Pod really means much practical to the player, either.

    IBM is certainly still International Business Machines, so that was a questionable example.

    And I wouldn't really say that ESPN spent much time and effort putting forth the "Entertainment and Sports Programming Network" monikor ever.

    But KFC did officially drop the words due to PC stupidity. (and not about the C, it was about the F) AT&T has also abandoned the words, I believe, not sure why. Probably as theBB says, no more Telegraph, really. In an unrelated comment, I find it interesting that Ma Bell is now joining back together again. Different political world.

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