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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
Your iPhone Could Have Been the ... Telepod
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.

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Click to see why the iPhone was nearly called an "iPad." (Read more iPhone stories.)

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