Many Apple products since the iMac of 1998 have been stuck with the “i” monicker. iTunes. iMovie. iPhoto. iPhone and iPad. It’s the iEverything company that sells all these iDevices. Apple, it’s time to make some name changes.
Apple Listens To Me
Apple and the Mac were mostly synonymous until the iPod arrived back at the turn of the century. The iPod and music had become such a huge part of Apple I wondered then if the company’s name needed to be changed.
It did. And Apple did change Apple Computer, Inc to plain old Apple Inc in 2007, just before the iPhone hit the streets.
Changing a popular product’s name is not for the faint of heart. There’s precedent at Apple for massive name changes, and the company is ready for a few more.
Remember the PowerBook? It’s the MacBook now. Remember iBook? It’s the MacBook, too. Those Power Mac G5 models from not too many years ago? They’re Mac Pro’s now.
One of the Mac’s most used apps is iPhoto. Apple plans to discontinue iPhoto and replace it with the more descriptive Photos.
Almost every Apple watcher, Mac user, and technology critic agrees that iTunes needs a name change (Look! Up in the sky! It’s a store! It’s a music player! It’s a media mall!).
Just as ready for a name change is the iPhone. “Say what, Ms. Brannan?” No, not the “i” in iPhone. That’s got some legs still. But the numbering scheme has to go. iPhone 6? Come on. Get creative, Apple.
How about iPhone max for the soon-to-be-released iPhone 6, plain old iPhone for the 4.7-inch model? And iPhone mini or nano for a smaller and less expensive iPhone?
Apple didn’t have a problem ditching the Mac OS classic name for OS X plus a cat name, but managed to pull off ditching the cats in favor of popular and famous California locations. Mavericks begat Yosemite.
What of iOS? We’re up to iOS 8 already, and such a numbering scheme gets old after about 10 levels. iOS needs a new name, too. How about cutting a deal with famous comics characters and attaching those names to iOS?
iOS Calvin and Hobbes. iOS Peanuts. iOS Doonesbury. iOS The Far Side.
Or, maybe names from Apple’s famous Think Different™ ad campaign of the last century. iOS Einstein. iOS Hitchcock. iOS Bob Dylan. iOS Amelia Earhart. iOS Kermit.
You get the idea. Apple, it’s time for some more name changes.