Steve Jobs' original name choice for the iMac revealed

The lowercase 'i' has become rather famous over the years, through the work of the Cupertino based company, Apple. From the iPod, iPhone and iMac to iWork and iLife (and others), it's certainly a recurring trend. However, Apple CEO Steve Jobs originally wanted a different name for the iMac.

Last November, it was revealed that the iMac wasn't the original choice for Apple's main desktop computer. Of course, the title itself wasn't revealed, but was said to be "blood curdling", leaving many to speculate. Some pretty bad ones were suggested, but Jobs had one much worse in mind, according to Gizmodo: MacMan.

A company named Midiman held the name back when a title was being chosen, which was used for a serial-to-MIDI adapter. It was said that Apple went to Midiman with an offer for the name, though the owner declined, and thus another name had to be chosen (thankfully). It's certainly an interesting reveal, providing it is true, and goes to show what atrocities could pop up even in some of the world's biggest companies. Now with Apple's supposed upcoming 'iSlate', we'll see what the official name for the tablet really is, though hopefully it isn't nearly as bad as MacMan.

Thanks to Neowin member Mephistopheles for the news tip

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All their products have been iCrap. iSteve is an iMoron and his iVisions of what people want are closely related the iMark of the iBeast in the iBible. Perhaps the iMachines in the iMatrix are somewhat the same as well.

Yes it looks crap with hindsight but I think it would have worked like the rest of the awful names, seriously if the iMac name wasn't it how awful does it look as a standalone name

I remember thinking that "Macintosh" was a crappy name for a computer. It is common place, now, but back when it came out I thought it sounded funny.

MacMan is so terrible, this is really hard to believe. I don't understand where the "man" concept comes from in the context of a little all-in-one computer...

Why is everyone so upset by this name? If they had used it, no one would think twice about it.

There are other completely stupid names out there like Wii, Firefox, Google, Microsoft and countless other examples, and no one is complaining about those.

PreKe said,
Why is everyone so upset by this name? If they had used it, no one would think twice about it.

There are other completely stupid names out there like Wii, Firefox, Google, Microsoft and countless other examples, and no one is complaining about those.

I don't know, if it became as prevalent as the "i" brand, I doubt we'd have WorkMan, LifeMan, PodMan, PhoneMan, and SlateMan as recognizable brands.

Sorry to disppoint all the Jobs worshipers out there, but iMac, iPod and the rest were just simply ripped off from Nippon Telephone's DoCoMo product iMode which predates the iMac by about 2 years.

Keep in mind that Apple were found guilty of RIPPING OFF THEIR OWN NAME in a court in California. Apple was a trademark of the Beatles Apple Records.

But if they were successful at gaining the rights to that name, we'd all be used to that and laughing at some other names. I think the i is pretty good. It's simple and represents either I as in myself or i for internet or whatever else they might've had their reasons. It works. I'm not a Mac fan, although I have an iPhone lol

Beastage said,
Hmm so maybe Steve Jobs isn't the genius people portray him to be?

Amen to that. I am prettu sure that they will be eternally glad that they didn't choose that name xD

Edited by Subject Delta, Jan 16 2010, 3:57am :

Briman0094 said,

Well he didn't actually graduate from college...

Neither did Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Larry Ellison or Michael Dell. Yet each of them could write a check for everything you and your family owns. So obviously Jobs is doing something right...

epple said,
If he was there would be 1 employee at Apple.

Exactly. Smart people surround themselves with other smart people that compliment their shortcomings... I don't think most people understand that.

MacMan, Pacman... Think I see where he was coming from with that name. Regardless, it would have been a terrible name. iMac, etc aren't much better, IMO.

TSO said,
Not a good name, but anything has got to be better than putting "i" at the front of everything.

iRiver should have never let Apple do it!

M_Lyons10 said,
Yeah. Would the Apple have a cape?

No, it would probably have bat wings.
Somehow I keep hearing the "Batman" theme when hearing "Macman", imagining Steve Jobs in a Batman outfit with a big apple on it. Hmm... who would be Robin?