Apple has been naming its devices with a i prefix, the iMac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, iPad all of which have the omnipresent “i” prefix since the release of the first iMac in 1998.

Do you know the meaning of “i” in all apple products? Why Apple prefers naming its products starting with a “i”?

There are many answers to this question. We are trying to answer this question briefly.

Steve Jobs introduced the iMac, at an Apple event in 1998. He explained the link between “i” and “Mac.”

Steve Jobs said, “iMac comes from the marriage of the excitement of the Internet with the simplicity of Macintosh.”

“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.”

The “i” in iMac stood for Internet. Jobs followed these statements with a slide that expanded upon what else the “i” means to Apple:

Besides Internet, Apple’s prefix also stood for individual, instruct, inform and inspire. It should be noted that Apple didnt have Internet in mind when naming the iPod and Internet in the “i” came much later.

When iPhone announced in 2007, its three key ingredients was Internet communication, bringing the “i” back to its original intended meaning of Internet. (The other two fundamentals were music and phone calls.)