How Did Apple Get Its Name?

Apple is one of the biggest and most successful companies of our time. It generates more profits than the gross domestic product of a small country and its evaluation recently touched 1 trillion US dollars. That’s a very serious business and it carries the name of a fruit. How come? How did Apple get its name? Why did Steve Jobs name a company after a fruit exactly? Well, this is an interesting story revealing all that mystery about where “Apple” derives from.

This is how Apple got its name

The logo of Apple Inc

The logo of Apple Inc

According to the co-founder of the company, Steve Wozniak, it was several weeks after the partnership was forged that they decided on the name of their company. He was then driving Steve Jobs back from the airport along Highway 85. Jobs just flew from Oregon, where he worked at an apple orchard for the summer that was some kind of a commune, formed by a guy named Robert Friedland. The apple garden was given to Robert by his rich uncle, so Jobs, Robert, and other members of the commune lived there during the summers and dedicated their time to Eastern spirituality and drugs. This is how the name ‘apple’ was actually settled in Jobs’ mind. Also, the young Jobs liked putting himself on fruit diets and practiced them very frequently. According to him, “it sounded fun, spirited and not intimidating … plus, it would get us ahead of Atari in the phone book.” (as stated on Wikipedia) So the name “Apple” was no brainier for Steve having all of this in mind, was it?

Right there and then, Jobs proposed ‘Apple Computers’ as the name of the company. Wozniak’s reaction was “What about Apple Records?” This was the Beatles’ recording label. They still brainstormed for other “technical terms” to name the company, but they seemed at a loss to find words to fit the name of their business.

Apple I - The first computer of Apple Inc.

Apple I – The first computer of Apple Inc.

Jobs and Wozniak also did not have time to change their name since they were facing a deadline for filing a Fictitious Name Statement which is a part of the business licensing procedure. They needed a name before five o’clock that day. Jobs even threatened his partners that if they couldn’t think of a name, he would name it after a fruit; hence, we have Apple Computers now. Though they were sued by Apple Records because of the issue of trademark violation in 1989, they were still able to keep the name.

The name Apple was also chosen because it appeared before the name ‘Atari’ in the phone book (according to Steve himself, he mentioned it in his famous speech at Stanford). This was the company where Jobs worked previously. He also shared that he just liked apples and also the name was simply funny.

Wozniak added that they even considered other names such as Executex and Matrix Computers but they did not like it as much as Apple Computers.

Consider sharing this publication if you find it interesting! Sharing is caring!