Your iPhone Could Have Been the ... Telepod Apple also considered 'Mobi' and 'Tripod' By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff Posted Mar 10, 2013 5:15 PM CDT 10 comments Comments It's an iPhone. (AP Photo/Karly Domb Sadof, File) (Newser) – Would you have bought a Telepod? Or a Mobi? Turns out those are two names Apple considered for its original iPhone, 9to5Mac reports. Ken Segall, former chief of Apple advertising, revealed the names to a marketing crowd at the University of Arizona last week. Apple's reasoning: Telepod: It sounded like a futuristic version of the word "telephone," said Segall. Not to mention that it included the word "pod" when iPods were already hugely popular. Mobi: This one played on the word "mobile." Segall described "Mobi" as having a personality and sounding creative. Tripod: Back then, Apple considered its new phone a blend of phone, iPod, and Internet communicator. Apple even marketed the first iPhone in that light. Click to see why the iPhone was nearly called an "iPad."