What does the "i" stand for in most Apple products

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  1. johndallas999 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm sure there are tons of "guesses" but is there an official explanation from Apple?
     
  2. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    As I recall, it stood for Internet when the first iMac was released. Now it's just their branding.
     
  3. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I believe that is correct as well
     
  4. johndallas999 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That was my guess at first but I was thinking "internet phone", or "internet pod" didn't seem to make much sense especially since the first iPod wasn't able to connect to the internet at all.
     
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    That's correct, it was the iMac that introduced the "i" to the market and it stood for Internet since Apple was trying to make the point that the iMac was the simplest way to get connected to the Internet. You have to remember where the world was in 1998, with the Net just exploding in popularity and all the moms and dads and grandmas thinking they needed to get themselves an AOL account and get online. Apple had commercials that showed the manuals that came with a PC (big thud as they all landed on the desk), compared with the thin booklet that came with the iMac. They made a point of saying you just had to plug in a couple of cables and turn it on.

    Now, of course, Net access is assumed. The "i" now stands for a brand associated with Apple. It has no meaning now, any more than WiFi has a meaning other than as a combo of letters that carry meaning by itself.
     
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    Yeah, it lost its meaning after the iMac. It never meant anything in particular after that. I think Apple enjoys the fact that "I" it like "Me" which is like "personal" and "my." (Proof: They went with the name 'MobileMe' so they're clearly liking that association.) All that's all good, but it's not really the literal menaing of 'i' or anything.
     
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    We're lucky: the name that Jobs really wanted for the iMac was "MacMan".

    Probably influenced by the success of the Sony Walkman.

    In case you never heard the story, read this article for the "bloodcurtling" details.

    Ken Segall, who worked at Apple's ad agency, was the one who pushed "iMac".

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  9. Arkious macrumors 6502a

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    if i remember... it was rightfully used for internet but then was changed to innovative when the iphone was released.
     
  10. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    Did you read what they said. That's what the "i" stood for initially, it's just branding at this point.
     
  11. kalsta macrumors 68000

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    It's funny how long the iPrefix has endured. The introduction of the first iMac, and more importantly the iCEO as Jobs then labelled himself, was really the turning point for Apple, taking them from the brink of ruin to become the envy of corporate America over a decade later. iGuess it's become an iConic iDentity now, so why change it?
     
  12. johndallas999 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, I read their response. After they responded saying initially it was for Internet, that was when I said I thought so but it didn't make sense for newer products. :rolleyes:
     
  13. beto2k7 macrumors 6502

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    It has nothing to do with the Internet. Back in 1996 when apple was about to die and Steve Jobs was brought back when Apple bought NeXT there was a period when Gil Amelio had been ousted as CEO when Steve Jobs was named interim CEO so all the products designed by Apple during this interim were marked with the "I". As everything was successful the "I" stuck on later products as well. Guess who iCEO is???? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICEO
     
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    I thought it was Innovative or innovation, something also like this but either way they call most everything i-somethin
     
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    This is how I always took it as well.
     
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    At the time that the iMac came out there were a lot of products/services tagged as eThis or eThat
     
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    Yes, the eMate and eWorld come to mind. :)
     
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    Wiki:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IMac
     
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    And the POS eMachine.
     

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