Unlike other electronics companies such as HTC or Samsung that uses a specific term to denote the versions and upgrades on their products, Apple always have a different method of naming its products especially i in iPhone, iMac, iPod,iPad and S in iPhones. This post is to explain the meaning behind such letters and names

Meanings hidden in Apple phones

The Letter i :

The letter i was introduced in Apple PC iMac which was launched in 1998. During the launch Steve Jobs explained that the letter i denotes Internet. The name made it clear that it was designed for the internet.

iPhone 2007:

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Apple entered into Smartphone Industry by launching iPhone in 2007. As it was the first version, there were no additional letters or extra meaning with the name

iPhone 3G 2008:


iPhone’s first version lacked high speed Internet. So iPhone 3G was launched in 2008. As the name says it was equipped with 3G.

iPhone 3GS 2009:


Apple focused on the speed of the processor this time. They launched iPhone 3GS with high speed processors. Phil Schiller had also said that during the launch. Hence S in iPhone 3GS stands for SPEED

iPhone 4:

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Updated hardware of 3GS launched in 2010 with the name iPhone4 and not as iPhone 4G because 4G had not been around that time.

iPhone 4S:


As usual, apple launched the new version iPhone 4 as iPhone 4S in 2011 with a very famous feature named SIRI, a voice personal assistant that answers almost all of your questions. It was promoted with ads that show Siri . Hence S in iPhone 4S denotes Siri

iPhone 5C:

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iPhone 5c was launched in 2013 the successor of iPhone 5. The major difference from other apple iPhones is that it was available in 4 different colors. Rumor was that C denotes Cheap. Err. No Apple product  is Cheap. Here C in iPhone 5C denotes COLOR

iPhone 5S:



iPhone 5S was launched at the same time. The very important aspect of iPhone 5S was Finger Print Scanning. Hence S in iPhone 5 denotes SECURITY.


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