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The name "iPhone" seems to fit the device like a glove, but have you ever wondered what other names Apple bandied about for its iconic smartphone? We're just glad they stuck with iPhone…
9to5Mac is reporting that former Apple advertising executive Ken Segall recently spoke at a University of Arizona Department of Marketing event, where he shared some of the names that were tossed around for the iPhone prior to its debut in 2007.
As a throwback to its iPod roots, both "TelePod" and "TriPod" were considered, with the latter at least making an impact on Apple's eventual presentation of the iPhone as three devices in one: Phone + iPod + internet communications device. Ironically, today many users probably use their iPhone mostly for the last third of that lineup, which shows just how far it's come thanks to the App Store.
"Mobi" was another name considered since it looked like a shortened version of the word "mobile." While Segall also presented the term "MicroMac" at the event, it was never actually under consideration, but rather something he made up for the presentation to gauge the crowd's reaction.
Last but not least there was "iPad," a name that obviously wound up going to the larger iOS-powered tablet instead -- kind of ironic, considering the iPad actually came first in Apple's product development.
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