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19th Feb 2016

This is what the ‘i’ in iPhone actually stands for



That little ‘i’ in Apple products has become synonymous with innovation and benchmark tech.

iPhones, iMacs, iPads – if it’s got the ‘i’ in it, then we’ve got our eye on it. But have you ever wondered what it actually stands for?

The Independent have explained that that little letter is actually loaded with meaning, and more complicated than we thought.

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The first ”i was introduced back in 1998 with the launch of the iMac. The internet was taking off, so they chose ‘i’ to appeal to those who wanted to use the net.

But it stands for a lot more than just internet.

During the launch of the iMac, Steve Jobs showed slides which displayed the five words ‘i’ stands for – internet, individual, instruct, inform, and inspire.

He said at the time: ​”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 product is targeted for – ‘i’ also means some other things to us. We are a personal computer company, and although this product is born to network, it also is a beautiful stand-alone product.”

There u you have it.