What does the ‘i’ in iPhone really mean?

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The letter ‘i’ has famously become connected to all things Apple, but what does it actually stand for?

Here we are in 2016, and we can all admit that we are somewhat obsessed with our iPhones. If you stop and think about it, can you really, truly live without your iPhone?

We’ve been seeing it in almost every Apple product for years, the iMac, iTunes, iPhone, iPad, BUT have you ever stopped to think about what that little ‘i’ at the beginning of iPhone actually stands for?? 

When Steve Jobs first launched the iMac he said, “An iMac comes from the marriage of the excitement of the internet with the simplicity of Macintosh.” 

So you’d think it would be safe to presume that the ‘i’ stands for Internet BUT it means even more than that…

“Even though this is a full-blooded Macintosh, we are targeting this for the number one use that consumers tell us they want a computer for, which is to get on the Internet, simply and fast. And that is what this produce is targeted for.” 

“'i’ also means some other things to use. We are a personal computer company, and although this product is born to network, it also is a beautiful stand-alone product. We are targeting it also for education. They want to buy these. And it is perfect for most of the things they do.”

The famous ‘i’ means; internet, individual, instruct, inform and inspire.

Now Apple and the ‘i’ brand has taken on a life of it’s on, iPhones and iMac are a fundamental part of your everyday life.  

So there you go it stands for the internet but it so much more than that. The ‘i’ stands for a sense of belonging and community. (Sounds a lot like a year 12 English exam paper #AMIRITE) 


Written By Gemma Prendergast
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