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Apple actually thought of naming the iPhone "Tripod" or "Telepod"

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Apple actually thought of naming the iPhone "Tripod" or "Telepod"
Back in 2007, Apple started a revolution in the mobile industry by introducing the iPhone. The popularity of this new product grew rapidly and in only a matter of months it seemed as if everyone and their grandma was well familiar with the iPhone name.

However, it has been revealed that Apple had a number of other monikers that could have ended up being used for the device. And quite frankly, we're happy that we don't live in an alternate universe where the iPhone is known as the "Telepod", which is just one of several names Apple's marketing team was considering at the time.

Why "Telepod"? Well, according to Ken Segall, who used to handle Apple's advertising team, it was a combination of the terms "telephone" and "pod" with a futuristic twist to it. The name also lined up well with the company's iPod series of portable music players. 

"Tripod" was also among the names that (thankfully) weren't approved, as Segall revealed, yet it eventually inspired the iPhone's presentation and marketing campaign. As some of you might remember, Apple advertised the iPhone as a handset combining the functionality of a phone, an iPod, and an internet communications device.

There were two other names that Apple could have used – "Mobi" and "iPad". The former was inspired by the term "mobile" while the latter ended up being reserved for the tablet we all know today.  

So yeah, looking at what names Apple might have picked for its iconic smartphone, we're glad it chose the "iPhone" eventually. Otherwise, we would now be talking, tweeting and snapping photos using our Tripods, and that just sounds silly. Don't you agree?


source: 9to5Mac

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posted on 05 Mar 2013, 03:37 14

1. lyndon420 (Posts: 1782; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


This won't help the stock plunge sorry. They still suck.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 03:43 12

2. tiara6918 (Posts: 1503; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


TriPod? More like TriFlop

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:00 4

16. tusshharish (Posts: 342; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


and teleflop also....................

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:27

17. neurobiologist (Posts: 82; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


Trichomonas :-D

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 09:17

20. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Or "Omni-patent"

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 03:45 3

3. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Good they didn't else all photographers would have been sued to death for using "Tripod" Really apple seems desperate now that S4 release date is nearing :D

Oh and basically they stole (Apple's forte) the name iPHONE :D

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 04:04 2

5. nikenturd (unregistered)


They will try to lure as much potential buyers as they can before the S4 release...I sense desperation

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 04:08

6. dwgit (Posts: 37; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)


Once s4 comes out watch out law suits typical icrap

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 03:54 5

4. nikenturd (unregistered)


Apple hitting the panic button with these avalanche of payola articles lately....

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 04:13

7. legend1 (Posts: 104; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


hahaha i have a tripod 4

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 04:16 3

9. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Can you imagine that? Tripod 4, Tripod 4S, Tripod Math... Tripod 3 would sound hopelessly funny.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 04:13 3

8. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


i'M surprised they missed iHello and iHi.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 04:54 1

10. MixMaster (Posts: 18; Member since: 09 Nov 2012)


I think that due to their signal reception issue with iphone 4 they should have also considered a range of models like: the 2011 iCanUhearMe , the 2012 iCanUhearMeNow followed by the 2013 flagship iHowAboutNow

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 04:58 1

11. MixMaster (Posts: 18; Member since: 09 Nov 2012)


...and last but not least: the 2014 iDon'tKnowWhatHappenedItJustDropedItMostDefinitely​IsYourPhone'sFault

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 05:32 1

12. blade19 (Posts: 60; Member since: 29 Apr 2011)


This may be a little off topic... sorry for that. I do somewhat recall that Apple also had to litigate with CISCO over the "iphone" name before it was released, in 2007. Because CISCO had the name for the VOIP phones, but I think they settled eventually.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 05:38

13. jade272727 (Posts: 62; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)


Ugly ang awkward names! Argh!

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 05:38

14. jade272727 (Posts: 62; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)


Ugly and awkward names! Argh!

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 06:45

18. darkkjedii (Posts: 12439; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Smart choice in naming an iconic phone.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 07:16 4

19. tedkord (Posts: 5138; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Should've named it the Lawsuit.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 10:45

21. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6694; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Telepod would be a better name. it would make their fans thinking their iphone will teleport lol.

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