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What does the ‘i’ stand for in iPhone and other Apple products?

We all know what an iPhone or iPad is, but very few of us actually know what the “i” stands for even today. The iPhone, iPad, iMac, iTunes — the “i” prefix has marked most Apple products. But what does it exactly mean?

Back in the day when the very first iMac was introduced  at an Apple event in May 6, 1998, Steve Jobs stated that the “i” was for “INTERNET”. He also explained the link between “i” and “Mac.” Back then, it was very difficult to set computers up for an internet connection and the iMac was supposed to make it very easy to everybody.

iMac comes from the marriage of the excitement of the Internet with the simplicity of Macintosh. — Steve Jobs


Aside from the word Internet, Apple’s prefix also stood for individual, instruct, inform and inspire. Check out the slide presented by Steve Jobs that expanded upon what else the “i” means to Apple:

imac slide

These days, I don’t think it really stands for anything any more. People have come to associate an “iAnything” with Apple. Have something to add to this article? Leave us a comment below on what do you think the “i” in Apple products mean.


This article was written by Heland Ortega, Junior Contributor of YugaTech. He is a graduate of Information Technology and Multimedia Arts at FEU Institute of Technology in where he is also now working as a full-time faculty. You can follow him at @helandortega.

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10 Responses

  1. kuratong_balileng says:

    i dont know

  2. Densiology says:

    Hmm interesting.

    I once had a dream that Jobs rose from his grave and immediately shouted at his employees after seeing the current iphones. XD

  3. Me says:

    leaf on apple logo looks like an eye

    siri (iris), retina are eye parts

    eye = i


  4. deng says:

    Nice to know.

  5. unknown says:

    i-tlog log log log log log log ???? ???? ????

  6. Denise Ganda says:

    i as in IXPENSIVE …. LOL.

  7. Just Sayin' says:

    Idiot-proof, their products are so basic

  8. rawr says:

    i am the center of my universe. or other western individualistic shizz

  9. don lixard says:

    interim, he was an interim ceo way back

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