Why do Apple device names start with “i”? Know the story behind iconic symbol

Apple products have long been highly sought after for their sleek design, state-of-the-art technology, and track record of innovation. Apple products, such as the iPod, iPad, iMac and iPhone, are often seen as status symbols because of their high quality and sleek design. With its dedication to design and user experience, Apple has become one of the most successful and well-known technology companies in the world.

What is the origin of the ‘i’?
The iMac, Apple’s first i-device, debuted in 1998. The meteoric rise of the Internet as the primary sales force for PCs is just beginning.

Apple capitalized on this trend by making it easier and faster to connect the iMac to the Internet than its rivals. The iMac’s main selling point was its sleek design. Of course, it also has a modern and small design, at least compared to other computers available at the time.

At the launch of the iMac, Apple co-founder and ex-CEO Steve Jobs claimed that the computer was made so that people could tap into the infinite potential of the Internet. This is why ‘i’ meant ‘Internet’ and ‘Mac’ meant ‘Macintosh’. But Jobs was quick to point out that it was far from the only thing the letter “i” could imply. On a slide, he discussed the many uses of the prefix.

In a nutshell these were:

  • internet: As we discussed above.
  • Individual: Apple’s iMac allows users to express themselves and exude personality.
  • Instruct: Ensure that the product is used as a learning tool both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Please inquire: Using the Internet on a Macintosh can provide many learning opportunities.
  • Inspire: iMac is designed to inspire users to create great content and products.

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When Apple’s current CEO, Tim Cook, introduced the Apple Watch in 2014, the company began moving away from the “i” route. Then Apple dropped the AirPods, then the AirTags, and you never know what’s next for Apple.