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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19 Comments

2. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

TriPod? More like TriFlop

16. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

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

17. neurobiologist

Posts: 89; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Trichomonas :-D

20. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Or "Omni-patent"

3. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 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

5. nikenturd unregistered

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

6. dwgit

Posts: 37; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

Once s4 comes out watch out law suits typical icrap

4. nikenturd unregistered

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

7. legend1

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

hahaha i have a tripod 4

9. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

8. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

i'M surprised they missed iHello and iHi.

10. MixMaster

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 09, 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

11. MixMaster

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 09, 2012

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

12. blade19

Posts: 65; Member since: Apr 29, 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.

13. jade272727

Posts: 62; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

Ugly ang awkward names! Argh!

14. jade272727

Posts: 62; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

Ugly and awkward names! Argh!

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Smart choice in naming an iconic phone.

19. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Should've named it the Lawsuit.

21. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

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