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Steve Jobs gave the 'i' in all Apple products a genius secret meaning before he died

Emily Puckering

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Steve Jobs gave the 'i' in all Apple products a genius secret meaning before he died

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For anyone who's always wondered what the 'i' in Apple products stands for, today is your lucky day.

Even though Apple's tech and smartphones are some of the most popular and sought after devices on the market, and are used by millions worldwide, the meaning behind the 'i' in their names has always been somewhat of an enigma.

And I'll be honest, it's not something I've personally pondered over... until now, that is.

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Now, if I was to hazard a guess as to what the 'i' in iPhone stands for, I'd say it means intelligent; after all, iPhones have always been at the cutting edge of new mobile technology.

The same goes for its counterparts, such as the iMac, the iPad and more.

However, it turns out that this question was actually answered by the late Steve Jobs back in 1998 - and he revealed that the 'i' doesn't just stand for one word, but five.

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Who'd have thought?!

As reported by Readers Digest, the 'i' in Apple products stands for 'internet, individual, instruct, inform and inspire'.

Steve Jobs once revealed the meaning behind the 'i' in iPhone. Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Steve Jobs once revealed the meaning behind the 'i' in iPhone. Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

However, Jobs - who sadly died in 2011 - stressed that the 'i' technically 'didn't have an official meaning' and suggested that it is just a 'personal pronoun', and 'instruction' for presumably teaching Apple employees about what the company stands for.

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This revelation comes after Apple hired a team of hackers to find gaps in iPhone security, following the release of the highly anticipated iPhone 15 model.

The new model comes equipped with an A17 Pro chip - but just because the chip is 'an entirely new class of iPhone chip that delivers our best graphics performance by far', doesn't mean Apple isn't always striving to achieve better - and safer - technology.

In Paris, France, engineers are working away in a bid to try and break into iPhones and subsequently expose any weaknesses, The Independent reports.

The latest model is the iPhone 15. Credit: PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images
The latest model is the iPhone 15. Credit: PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images
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These hired hackers are performing all sorts of test on its chips - physically blasting them with lasers, cooling them down and heating them up - whatever it takes to try and identify how they could end up vulnerable.

If they do find a weakness, they'll work to find a solution and keep going and going until the chip and overall iPhone is as safe as possible.

Apple’s head of security engineering and architecture, Ivan Krstić, told The Independent: "I think what’s happening is that that there are more and more avenues of attack. And that’s partly a function of wider and wider deployment of technology. More and more technology is being used in more and more scenarios.

"That is creating more opportunity for more attackers to come forward to develop some expertise to pick a niche that they want to spend their time attacking."

Topics: Technology, Apple, iPhone

Emily Puckering
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