What does the i mean in iPhone? It’s probably NOT what you think

IF YOU think you know what the “i” on the iPhone stands for, you might be in for a big surprise.

Almost all Apple products feature a mysterious lowercase “i” in their name, from the iPhone to the iMac, but what exactly does it mean?


Almost all Apple products feature a mysterious lowercase “i” in front of their name.

The lowercase letter has been used in 23 Apple products since the company was founded in 1976.

The letter has become so intertwined with the tech giant that any time a word follows a lowercase “i,” people can safely assume it’s associated with Apple.

Many seem to think that the “i” stands for “internet”, and they wouldn’t necessarily be wrong.

In 1998 when Apple launched its first iMac, the computer was known for its enhanced internet capabilities as it allowed users to surf the net in ways previously unknown.

Likewise, when the iPhone was first released in 2007, it was one of the few smartphones that offered a smooth internet browsing experience.

However, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has touched on the subject in the past, dispelling the rumor that the “i” just stands for the Internet.

At least it’s not just about the internet.

According to Jobs, the “i” can also represent four other words: “Individual”, “Instruct”, “Inform” and “Inspire”.

“We are targeting [the iMac] for the number one use that consumers tell us they want a computer for, which is to access the Internet,” Jobs said when introducing the first iMac.

“We also target it for education. They [educators] want to buy them, and it’s perfect for most things they do in education. It’s perfect for finding a great source[s] information on the internet, and we hope that when you see the product, it will inspire us all to make even better products in the future,” added Jobs.

Indeed, Job’s vision aligned with later Apple products which mostly adopted the lowercase “i” in their names.

In another instance, Jobs also said the “i” “has no official meaning,” according to Paul Bischoff, a privacy advocate at Comparitech, per Reader’s Digest.

“He also alluded to it by referring to ‘I’ as a personal pronoun,” Bischoff added.

All in all, it looks like the lowercase “i” can take on any meaning the user wants.



The “i” in iPhone could stand for “Individual”, “Instruct”, “Inform” and “Inspire”.

In other news, the naughtiest emoji combinations have been revealed.

Tinder has revived the classic “blind date” experience with a virtual twist.

And TikTok announced new rules, banning users who name or mislead others.

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