Because Steve Jobs liked apples a lot
Jobs said in an old video that one reason he called the company Apple is that he likes apples a lot. (See How did Steve Jobs start the Apple company?)
Because it would be ahead of Atari in the phone book
Jobs said that one of the reasons the company was named Apple was that it would be Ahead of Atari in the Phone book.
Because the deadline passed
Jobs said that the deadline he set for choosing a name came and so they decided to settle on Apple computers.
Because it was simple
Jobs said that as they re-examined the name, they found that it matches Apple’s core value of simplicity and that’s one reason the name was kept.
Jobs was just back from an apple farm
In the book Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, it was mentioned that Jobs said that he was just on his way back from the apple farm and that’s one reason he decided to call the company Apple.
It sounded fun-spirited and not intimidating
According to Walter Isaacson, Jobs found the name Apple to be fun-spirited and not intimidating and this was one reason he liked it. (See How did Steve Jobs start the Apple company?)
They couldn’t find a better name
In an old video, Steve Wozniak who is Apple’s co-founder, said that when Steve Jobs suggested the name Apple they couldn’t come up with a better name so they decided to stick with it.
Because the apple is a good home symbol
When a PR agency told both Jobs and Woz that the name Apple must be changed because it doesn’t symbolize the power of computers, they replied saying that it symbolizes the fact that computers are coming to homes and that Apple’s were a good home symbol.
Jobs was on a fruitarian diet
Because Steve Jobs was on a fruitarian diet, he was thinking about fruits a lot. This fact made the name come to his mind faster.
It refers to Newton’s apple
While there is no evidence that this factor affected the choice of the name, the first Apple logo had Newton sitting below a tree with an apple fruit hanging above him. This made some people conclude that the name Apple referred to Newton’s apple. (See What are the greatest achievements of Steve Jobs?)
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