Apple iPhone, iPad and iMac, iPod: What Does The ‘i” Mean?


Although theories and evidence support a variety of meanings, the question remains as to what the “s”, and “c” in the iPhone stand for. The answers to the question of what the “i” Apple uses for branding its products have been found.

Steve Jobs, Apple’s co-founder, was the first to explain the meaning of the “i”, in devices like the iPhone and iMac. Jobs explained the meaning of the “i” in Apple’s product branding in 1998 when Jobs introduced the iMac.

Jobs explained that the “i” stands to represent “Internet.” Although “intuitive” was not revealed to be one the words that the “i” stands for, the iMac’s purpose was to make it easier and more intuitive to access the Internet.

Jobs stated that even though the Macintosh is full-blooded, the product is targeted for the primary purpose consumers want, which is to access the Internet quickly and easily. This is the purpose of this product.”

The “i” can have multiple meanings, just like “compact” or “cheap” for some words used in devices such as the iPhone 5c. If there were a dictionary of Apple terms, “Internet” would be the definition for the “i”.

Secondary meanings for the “i” are “individual”, “inspire,” and “instruct”.

Jobs stated that “i” also refers to other things. We are a personal computer company and this product was created to be used in a network. It can, however, also be used on a personal computer stand-alone product. It is also being targeted for education. These are what they want to purchase. It is ideal for almost all of the things they do during instruction.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is currently building his legacy. The “i” is one of Jobs many legacies. Apple started to depart from the path of “i” in 2014 when Cook and the company presented the first piece of wearable technology.

The industry was convinced that Apple would unveil its first smartwatch and mobile payments system at the September 2014 event. Analysts and journalists predicted that Apple would keep the “i” branding for the products, naming them “iPay”, “iWatch,” and “iWallet”. They were wrong about the branding, but they were right about the product announcements.