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Published on March 5th, 2013 | by Gizmodo

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The iPhone Was Almost Called Telepod, Mobi or Tripod

During a talk at the University of Arizona’s Department of Marketing, Apple’s former head of advertising, Ken Segall, let slip about some of the alternative names seriously considered at Cupertino before the launch of the iPhone. They’re surprisingly bad.

The iPhone Was Almost Called Telepod, Mobi or TripodDuring a talk at the University of Arizona’s Department of Marketing, Apple’s former head of advertising, Ken Segall, let slip about some of the alternative names seriously considered at Cupertino before the launch of the iPhone. They’re surprisingly bad.

Fortunately, 9to5mac was at the talk, and has published Segall’s justifications for some of the names. Reading the list, it’s difficult not to laugh a little. From 9to5mac:

Apple also apparently considered calling the phone iPad—but clearly kept that to one side for its bigger brother. I think we can all be grateful, though, that the powers-that-be at Apple vetoed the name Telepod. [9to5mac]

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