If Steve Jobs had his way, your Apple iPhone would have the "Freedom" browser
posted by Alan F. / Dec 20, 2012, 1:35 PM
The problem with using "Freedom" is that it is also the name of a feminine product. Whether or not Jobs realized that, some of the programmers did and were hoping that the browser would get a better name. There was a placeholder name already in use, "Alexander" that was all over the code and the team was anxious to replace the placeholder with the final name. One suggestion was iBrowse.
One day, Melton ran into Kurt Knight, the Marketing product manager, who was full of excitement. "They've picked a name," he said and revealed it to be "Safari". At first, Melton was underwhelmed. "It doesn’t suck," he said. But by the time he was back in his office, the programmer liked the moniker. And this is how the browser on Apple devices, like the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad, became known as "Safari", which seems to be a pretty good name for a browser that can take you anywhere.
source: DonMelton via BGR
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Ironic, considering the company.
posted on Dec 20, 2012, 1:39 PM 21
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That was my initial thought, but then I kept thinking, and Safari is partially open-sourced as WebKit. It's the foundation for the Chromium browser, which is legitimately free. Apple is incredibly restrictive, but Safari is an exception.
posted on Dec 20, 2012, 2:37 PM 7
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The problem with using "Freedom" is that iOS is actually a prison full of idiots.
posted on Dec 20, 2012, 1:48 PM 20
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iRony is the name of Apple's game. Personally, they should have stuck with the name "Freedom" and kept it in line with feminine products, especially by adding a special pull string to launch or close it.
posted on Dec 20, 2012, 2:57 PM 7
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I am a guy and I hate how people just term something as feminine and reject it. As if its bad. Sorry, but it has deep roots in society which is the cause for many evils, especially against women. I was actually read about it yesterday, sex is biologically determined, gender is socially determined. Above is a perfect example of how names/traits attributed to women are considered as bad or not "good enough".
posted on Dec 20, 2012, 2:44 PM 2
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I kind of like the name, it kind of ties in ironically to Internet Explorer, implying that the browser is the explorer, whereas with Safari, you're the explorer and safari is the internet. So internet explorer is you? Inception!
posted on Dec 20, 2012, 3:06 PM 1
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