Apple uses 'i' as a precursor to many of its product names: iMac, iPhone, iPad, iPod... But what does the 'i' actually mean? In a retrospective article on the original Bondi Blue iMac, The Register recounts Steve Jobs' original definition:
The dual [headphone] jacks may also have been part of the iMac's family-friendly focus, which Jobs said was defined by the "i" in its name, which stood for "internet, individual, instruct, inform, and inspire."
I wonder if that definition is still the case. It still fits the products it involves, even if not super-smooth.
The Bondi Blue iMac does seem a very long time ago though, it's 12 years old. The specs included:
- a 14-inch CRT screen
- 233MHz IBM 'G3 processor
- 2MB graphics chip
- 32MB RAM (expandable to 256MB)
The top of the range iMac now:
- has a 27-inch LED flat screen
- can be specced with a quad-core 2.93GHz processor
- can use 16GB RAM (!)
- and a 1GB Graphics card
That's pretty good progress.