Apple is known for branding its products and services with the letter â€œiâ€ in front, with some saying that it stands for "internet", â€œintelligenceâ€ or â€œinnovationâ€ while others are suggesting that the "i" stands for the first initial of Apple designer Jonathan Ive's last name. The most notorious products that Apple has ever created are without a doubt, the iPhone and the iPad. However, only few know that Apple wasnâ€™t the first one to come up with the name â€œiPhoneâ€ as Cisco owned the trademark on what they called I-phone.
Now, Matt Nowak from Gizmodoâ€™s PaleoFuture publication has dug up an Associated Press article from 1994 which describes Intelâ€™s vision for a home of the future with the â€œI-padâ€ being one of the most interesting devices. Avram Miller, Intelâ€™s vice president back in 1994 is apparently not only the first one that has come up with the â€œI-padâ€ name, but also one of the first to have described pretty accurately what it would do:
So, mister Miller had guessed plenty of the original iPadâ€™s features - flat-panel screen, touch interactivity, speak assistance, wireless and affordable. Not only this, but he actually admitted that Apple had already created something similar to an I-pad in the Apple Newton. Could it be that Steve Jobs was inspired by this? We will probably never find out.