Why Most Apple Products Start with an "i."
With Steve Jobs resigning this week, here's a bit of history behind the legacy of the "i."
Most Apple products start with i:
What does the “i” stand for? Does it mean "me?" Or "individual?"
Well, it can, and it's probably good marketing to let people think it does... but that’s not the original meaning. For that we must go back to 1998.
Steve Jobs, interim CEO, launched the iMac that year, and said:
"The iMac comes from the marriage of the internet with the simplicity of a Macintosh. We are targeting this for the #1 use that consumers tell us they want a computer for, which is to get on the internet–simply and fast."
Steve Jobs reiterated the point again in 2000 when he became full-time CEO. He called himself the "iCEO." But why the "i"?
"I'm going to choose that title to remind myself of what’s really important, which is, of course, the internet."
So, "i" is for internet:
It all makes sense now. Steve wanted to integrate the internet in as many ways as possible, making internet access as fast and simple as possible.
Today we can access the internet numerous ways, with new ways continually popping up. Today we expect our devices to access the internet. A phone that doesn't access the internet is now called a s̶m̶a̶r̶t stupid phone. The internet is no longer a feature on a computer, it's the backbone of nearly all our consumer devices.
I have a felling Apple will continue to integrate the internet in innovative ways. For example, the iPod, which currently doesn't connect to the *i*nternet, probably will connect to the internet with services like "Spotify" becoming so hugely popular.
And, having said all that, perhaps th "i" should really stand for innovation. After all Apple became "the world's biggest company" through their i-nnovation. iThink. :)
Ever wondered why most Apple Products start with an 'i' ...? i-Did. Now i-Know. :)