How Did Apple iphone Get Its Name? The iPhone highlights the ‘i’ – individuality of the user and can be customized to suit the user. Its screen and applications can be altered to individual taste, like iPod and iGoogle. Before Apple resolved to call it ‘iPhone’, it had considered a few other names ‘iPad’, ‘Telepod’, ‘Mobi’, ‘Tripod’.
While the iPad ended up being the name for Apple’s tablet PC, the name was considered to be used for the smartphone. Imagine had the ‘iPhone’ been named iPad, what name the ‘iPad’, Apple’s tablet PC, would have been given? iTab?
The name ‘Tripod’ “did not win out, it did make a big impact on Apple’s original presentation and marketing for the iPhone. ‘Tripod’ stems from the iPhone being a combination phone + iPod + Internet communications device.”
Apple also considered calling the device ‘Telepod’ because it sounded like a futuristic twist to the word ‘telephone‘. Apple had also thought of naming its smartphone ‘Mobi’ – a shortened version of the word ‘mobile’.
The iPhone is a multimedia-enabled smartphone, which made its appearance a couple of years ago. It combines email, 3D graphics, camera, a portable media player which can edit and mail videos, post them on a gallery, news, music, and stock market updates. The iPhone can also be rotated for a wider screen to get more information.
Content for this question contributed by Jolie McCourt, resident of Martinez, Contra Costa County, California, USA