From Mark Prigg in the U.K.’s Mail Online, iPhone names that could have been.
Former Apple advertising lead Ken Segall told students that TriPod, TelePod, Mobi and even iPad were all considered – before Apple boss Steve Jobs decided on the now familiar iPhone.
iPhone seems so obvious, but why not use a name with ‘pod’ to maintain a connection to the then successful iPod?
Tripod stems from the iPhone being a combination phone + iPod + internet communications device – something Steve Jobs hammered home several times when he unveiled the gadget. At the University of Arizona’s Department of Marketing lecture Segall said the firm was also keen to keep ‘pod’ in the name due to the success of the iPod.
iPhone as a product name was already owned by another tech company.
Once the name had been decided, Apple faced one more issue – Cisco.
The rival tech firm had released a product called iPhone before Apple – but the firms eventually settled a dispute, and Apple was free to release its version in June 2007.
More details from Ken Segall’s personal site.