Here’s What the “i” in iPhone Stands For

Steve Jobs
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Since the first generation iPhone dropped in 2007, we’ve taken the name for granted. Do you really know what the “i” prefix means or stands for?

Mashable recently unearthed an old video from 1998, where late Apple founder Steve Jobs introduced the iMac and what the “i” was all about.

“iMac comes from the marriage of the excitement of the Internet with the simplicity of Macintosh,” he said. “We are targeting this for the no. 1 use that consumers tell us they want a computer for, which is to get on the Internet simply and fast.”

In 1998, the “i” in iMac stood for Internet, but that wasn’t it. The prefix also stood for individual, instruct, inform and inspire.

The “i” has remained since that first product, with the iPod, iPad and iPhone. And, nearly every device had some form of Internet connectivity built in.