What's in a name? Plenty, when the name's iPhone

What's in a name? Plenty, when the name's iPhoneThe iPhone is by no means universally loved, but even the most vocal of critics can't deny its significance in shaping the smartphone industry as we know it today.

But would it have achieved the same success had it been called, say, the Apple Telepod? We'll never know, but it was one of the options Apple was thinking about pre-launch.

Former Apple advertising boss Ken Segall has revealed that the company was looking at a variety of names for its first ever smartphone, including iPhone but also including Telepod and a few other similarly odd-sounding monikers.

The rationale behind Telepod was that the iPhone was effectively an iPod that was also a telephone. But logical though the name was, thankfully someone realised it also sounded like something out of the Jetsons, and Apple decided to move on before any permanent damage was done.

Then there was Mobi, which Segall described as a “creative name with personality” (if you say so), and Tripod – a reference to the tri-function purpose Apple saw the iPhone as having and probably the name Apple came closest to using before deciding on iPhone.

The final name Apple was toying with, interestingly enough, was iPad, which makes some sense considering Apple was working on an iOS tablet before deciding to prioritise a smartphone, so probably had the name kicking about back then already.

In the end, though, iPhone it was, and though even the worst names grow on you over time to become normal and familiar, it's hard to imagine it being called anything else.

For more details and a video of Segall discussing the various names Apple was considering, head to the original story over on 9to5Mac.

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 5, 2013 at 20:43

Telepod... excellent, Smithers. Now fire yourself and release the monkeys.

MumbaMajumba  Mar. 5, 2013 at 23:29

What's the "i" stand for then?

NgafHype  Mar. 6, 2013 at 10:51

Thank f*** they chose iPhone.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 6, 2013 at 11:37

What's the "i" stand for then?

I always wondered myself - and I think I don't really wanna know :p


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