What does the the "i" in iLife stand for?


PlaceofDis

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wordmunger said:
It started with the iMac. I believe the "i" was for "Internet."

and the "e" in "eMac" was for "education."
yep, all started with the iMac, i was there for internet, because they claimed it was the fastest computer to get out of the box and started up and online....
 

believo

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PlaceofDis said:
yep, all started with the iMac, i was there for internet, because they claimed it was the fastest computer to get out of the box and started up and online....
it's pretty funny that apple has now prefixed a good portion of their product names with "i" and none of the products really have to do with the internet.
 

PlaceofDis

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believo said:
it's pretty funny that apple has now prefixed a good portion of their product names with "i" and none of the products really have to do with the internet.
and not only has apple done it, but countless of other companies, it just turned out to be such a good marketing scheme, and it works, and it gives the idea that its personal, to me at least, iLife, you know, my life
 

believo

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PlaceofDis said:
and not only has apple done it, but countless of other companies, it just turned out to be such a good marketing scheme, and it works, and it gives the idea that its personal, to me at least, iLife, you know, my life

yeah, exacty.. and if you you know the story about apple's logo representing adam & eve and the forbidden fruit, 6 colors (old school logo), etc.... it really fits into their whole marketing scheme.
 

denm316

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believo said:
it's pretty funny that apple has now prefixed a good portion of their product names with "i" and none of the products really have to do with the internet.
yeah like iPod, last time I checked I could not get on the iNternet with my iPod.
 

topher

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internetPOD

I think that the i in iPod was actually part of an original acronym. Each of the four letters actually stood for something (I think the P was either for personal or portable, and the D was for disk or drive).

I'm not entirely sure, and I haven't been able to find this info on the internet in the last year or so, so someone who can either corroborate or prove me wrong would be welcome.

Anyway, while the i in iMac and iBook was originally meant to point to the internet, and while the i in iLife could Potentially be argued to do the same, the i in iPod meant something else.

The fact that it was probably named what it was to fall into a scheme that seemed to be working for Apple is probably more to the point, but I'm curious if anyone can vouch for what I'm suggesting...
 

Blue Velvet

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The i in iLife stands for...

Impressive, ideal, immaculate, imagination, intelligent, interesting, immersive, immediate, illuminating, independent...





And don't forget ice-cream... ;)
 

Loge

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i was indeed for internet, referring to the iMac; because originally the machine was conceived as a network computer (that is internet access and little else) which led to the name. However, that idea was abandoned, as it appeared the market demanded something more functional, but the name stuck.
 

miloblithe

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I think this is one of those many cases where the acronyms and initials come first and what they stand for comes second. It just sounds good.
 

Mechcozmo

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believo said:
yeah, exacty.. and if you you know the story about apple's logo representing adam & eve and the forbidden fruit, 6 colors (old school logo), etc.... it really fits into their whole marketing scheme.
What the heck are you smoking? :confused:

The 'i' stands for "internet" and it all started with the G3 iMac.

Apple got their name because of a few reasons:
1) it came before Atari in the phonebook
2) Nothing that the Steve's were able to come up with could match it
Jobs called Woz and said "I've got it!" and afterwards they weren't able to figure out anything that sounded better. They tried pretty hard, too.
 

FoxyKaye

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It's also fun to think of things that the "i" could stand for, I mean, why be limited to a corporate marketing scheme:

"i" could mean "instant", "interesting", "insanely great", "if", "incidious marketing", "i want", "imbibe", "illustrative" and so forth...

But yes, I believe the original Apple meaning of the "i" was Internet.
 

rueyeet

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I'd always heard that the "i" originally stood for "internet." After the iMac's initial success, Apple took advantage of the brand recognition and started naming more products with the "i" (iTools, iTunes, etc). That in turn caused the press and pundits and such to start using the "i" to look witty, or in parody (iCEO, iProduct, etc). If I'm remembering right, that's the chronological sequence of events.

The eMac was the iMac for education, hence the e....but over time, Apple's iNamed products have lost the "internet" association, and now an iSomething pretty much connotes an Apple branded product (though other companies use the "i" as a tech-sounding prefix for their own products too).
 

ClarkeB

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That crappy $300 paperweight the I-RIVER or whatever it is called, for instance.


Asking what the i in iLife stands for is like asking what the S in S Club stands for :)
 

neoserver

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I think along the lines that the "i" is similar to "my." kind of like "It is I" instead of "It is me."

Think about it.

myPod, myTunes,MyPhoto,MyCal, etc...

It just makes sense to me
 

phoomp

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The "i" in iLife means exactly the same thing that the use of the "i" by every other copier of the "i" in iMac does ... nothing at all, except that the "i" in iMac was clever
 

JeffTL

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Yesteryear: i as in Internet, the iMac was designed to be good for going online.

Now: First person pronoun, English language, nominative case. The i-series products are generally intended for individual personal use, though businesses and schools use them too.
 

Platform

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I tought that it was that "i" in "me/you"
iLife = my life
iPod = my pod
iMac = my mac

just a suggestion :rolleyes: