iPhone Insider posted a report claiming that Apple’s upcoming phone product would be called “iMobile” yesterday. This, like most Apple Phone rumors, made to the front page of digg, and is now creeping it’s way through the blogosphere…there’s only one problem with it…it’s not true. Here’s why…
Currently, according to the US Trademark Office, there are 8 “Live” trademarks for the name “iMobile”, and none of them belong to Apple.
Obviously, a name like iPhone or iMobile would be a good fit with Apple’s iPod line, but it looks more and more like that won’t be the case. There simply isn’t much left that you can stick a lowercase “i” in front of that relates to phones/pdas/mobile devices left up for grabs.
It has been suggested that the device would be called iChat Mobile or something similar, but even this doesn’t really fit well with what the device is rumored to be capable of doing.
I think we’re more likely to see a name like MacPhone or MacMobile for the device, especially if it is running a scaled down version of OS X.
Of course, it’s all speculation until January 9th, 2007 – so we’ll just have to wait and see…if we hear anything reliable we’ll be sure to pass it along, but as of now, there is nothing that gives this “iMobile” rumor any weight, and quite a bit that says it just won’t happen.