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Subject: Computer
Category: Computers
Asked by: homemadefading-ga
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Posted: 29 Apr 2005 10:50 PDT
Expires: 29 May 2005 10:50 PDT
Question ID: 515863
What is the "i" in iMac and iPod etc...? What would, for instance, "iBunny" be?
Subject: Re: Computer
Answered By: pinkfreud-ga on 29 Apr 2005 11:30 PDT
The 'i' in 'iMac' stood for 'Internet,' as mentioned in this 1999 iMac
Update newsletter from Apple:

"The Ultimate Internet Appliance 
When we first announced iMac, we explained that the 'i' in iMac stands
for Internet. iMac, we said, is the first computer to bring the ease
of use long associated with Macintosh computers to the often arcane
world of the Internet."

Advergence:  iMac Update - January 21, 1999

Although the 'i' was originally short for 'Internet,' Apple never
placed great emphasis on this. Today it could be said that the 'i'
doesn't necessarily stand for anything in particular, but is simply a
designator of Apple's consumer-oriented line of products.

"All of these iDevices are consumer devices. They are not 'top of the
line', expensive, professional products. They are mid-line, less
expensive, consumer products. Take the iMac for example. It has a big
brother, the PowerMac G4. The iMac is a consumer machine, while the G4
is a professional machine...

I'll do a partial quote from Steve Jobs at the MacWorld 1999 Expo in
New York: 'Well, all of our portable machines end with the word
'Book,' and our consumer machines start with the letter 'i', so
naturally, we named it the iBook.' Straight from the horse's mouth
(with a little leeway on exact wording). So, obviously, Apple meant
for the iStuff to be marketed towards consumers, and non iStuff to be
marketed towards professionals."

GiantMike: iStuff

So your example, iBunny, would probably be a reasonably-priced bunny
whose market would be ordinary folks who do not require the features
of a screamingly fast bells-and-whistles PowerBunny.

My Google search strategy:

Google Web Search: apple imac "i stands for internet"

I hope this helps!

Best regards,
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