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What does the “I” in iPhone (or iPad) mean?

Have you always wondered what the “I” in iPad or the iPhone meant? We have the answer.


We all know what an iPhone or iPad is, but very few of us actually know what the “i” stands for. We just know that the infamous “i” has existed for as long as we can remember, and the letter itself has become a pivotal part of the phone’s name. Without the i, the iPhone would just be called “Phone”, and the iPad would just be called “Pad”.  Of course, we don’t want to make this a fifty word article in which we just display what the “i” could stand for, so we’re going to present you with a decent amount of logic and reasoning behind this question.

To answer this I had to look around quite a bit, digging through tons of information. Nothing really seemed all that conclusive, sadly enough, but after looking through tons of different wiki answers, Apple questions on their forum, and more, I was able to come up with a list of potential things that the “i” could mean, but no conclusive evidence towards anything. All of these potential answers have a good amount of reasoning behind them.

The first thing I’d like to mention, though, is that I don’t believe that Apple planned to use the “i” for everything, as they pretty much have continued to do with the iPhone, iPad, iMac, and more. It just caught on so well and worked so well with the products, so I have reason to believe that they kept it due to the success of the “i”.

Let’s now take a look at a few options that the “I” in iPad could stand for.

  • Information: This is probably the most logical explanation. With the information age, perhaps Apple decided that they wanted to throw an “i” in front of their products, to display the information age.
  • Internet: This is another fairly logical explanation. With the internet coming into a huge wave of success at the time, Apple thought it’d be for the best to symbolize internet in front of their products.
  • Independent: This explanation is mostly guesswork, but there’s also a good amount of logic we can put behind this decision as well.
  • Interactive: This is the last potential answer we can think of. As iPhones are indeed very interactive, and were very interactive at their time of release (as compared to other phones), this answer seems very logical as well.

You can decide which answer you feel is correct. We can also speculate that there is absolutely no meaning of the “i” and it was just something crazy that Apple decided to do. Whatever the case may be, and whatever the meaning may be, we will never truly know (or so it seems).

What do you think the ‘i” in iPhone means? Do you have an idea or have a reason to believe it’s a certain different word? Let us know in the comments below! If your suggestion is good enough, we’ll move it into the article itself.

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