You might ask now:
What does the "i" stand for?
Well, according to the following article http://www.iphonejd.com/iphone_jd/2009/01/the-i-in-iphone.html the "i" was originally meant to stand for "internet", but it was never fixed to the meaning of internet alone; it can also denote other things such as "Individual" "Instruct "Inform" "Inspire",...
Now, my question is:
How would be describe the 'i' in linguistic terms?
- As some new kind of productive affix?
- Or would you rather argue iPad, iPhone etc. to be compounds, where the first part of the compound was clipped, while the second part of the compound retained its form?
- Any other good ideas? :)