Apple users may not have spent a lot of time thinking about the meaning of “i” in iPhones, iPad, iMac. It has been almost 2 decades since the iPhone initially emerged in the market but surprisingly very few people or almost none would know what the “i” stands for. People initially thought it could be “intelligence” or “internet” but let’s actually see what Steve Jobs had to say about this.
It’s Not One Word
Yes, the “i” in the iPhone stands for five words, not one. People who listened to Steve Jobs’ explanation of the iMac launch in 1998 have a clear understanding of what the “i” stands for. It represents 5 concepts, not just one: internet, individual, instruct, inform, and inspire, according to Reader’s Digest.
“i”, A Personal Pronoun?
While the different meanings were important, Jobs also stated that the “I” had no official definition, according to privacy advocate at Comparitech, Paul Bischoff. Bischoff also said that the “I” could also indicate a personal pronoun or an ‘instruction’ for what the company stands for.