Former Apple advertising boss Ken Segall has revealed that Apple considered calling its smartphone 'Telepod', 'Mobi', 'Tripod', or 'iPad' before settling with 'iPhone'.

During an event at the University of Arizona's Department of Marketing on Monday, Segall told his audience that Apple came up with the name 'TelePod' for its smartphone because it put a futuristic spin on the word 'telephone'. The iPod had already been launched at this point so it would continue the 'pod' suffix.

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Next, Apple considered Mobi because it's a shortened version of the word 'mobile', reports 9To5Mac. According to Segall, Mobi seems to be a creative name with a personality.


With the iPhone being a combination of a phone, an iPod and an internet communications device, Apple also thought about calling its smartphone the 'Tripod'.

The name iPad is one we are familiar with today, as it was eventually given to Apple's tablet, but the company also considered calling the iPhone 'iPad', Segall revealed. "Had they called the iPhone the iPad, who knows what the iPad would be," he said.

As part of the presentation, Segall also offered the name 'MicroMac', which he said wasn't actually considered by Apple but had been made up to engage the audience, who he had asked to spot the fake name among the five. Interestingly, the crowd guessed that 'MicroMac' had never been considered on their first try.

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