Apple actually thought of naming the iPhone "Tripod" or "Telepod"
posted by Nick T. / Mar 05, 2013, 3:33 AM
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?
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TriPod? More like TriFlop
posted on Mar 05, 2013, 3:43 AM 12
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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 Mar 05, 2013, 3:45 AM 3
They will try to lure as much potential buyers as they can before the S4 release...I sense desperation
posted on Mar 05, 2013, 4:04 AM 2
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hahaha i have a tripod 4
posted on Mar 05, 2013, 4:13 AM 0
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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 Mar 05, 2013, 4:54 AM 1
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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 Mar 05, 2013, 5:32 AM 1
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