Do You Know What ''i'' Means?

"i" in Apple's mobile devices is already a cult. Did you know, however, how this the letter got there and what is its meaning? For the fans of conspiracy theories, no, it's not for "illuminati".

Everything started in 1997 when Steve Jobs came back to Apple after a few years in NeXT Computers. He immediately started to clean the mess starting with cutting staffing and leaving only two product lines - PowerPC and Mac.

The Mac that we are talking about was supposed to be a precursor, an innovator. The first computer with a new port - USB, and also the first one without the 3,5" floppy disk drive but with a CD-ROM. This visionary approach to functionality would later become the hallmark of Apple.

The future of the company lay in this computer, that's why they needed a good name for it. Usually it was Jobs who was the leader of the creative department. He thought and came up with... The MacMan. Well, fortunately, he wasn't the only one in that department. The final name of the computer was - the iMac.


However the "i" doesn't stand for "innovation" but "Internet". In iMac, the attention was given to the out-of-box experience: the user needed to go through only two steps to set up and connect to the Internet in less than 10 minutes.

Apple later adopted the 'i' prefix across its consumer hardware and software lines, such as the iPod, iBook, iPhone, iPad and various pieces of software such as the iLife suite and iWork and the company's media player/store, iTunes.