March 5, 2009

iCan spell Mac related brand names. Why can't you?

Why do people not know how to type anything related to Apple?

  • It's Mac - short for Macintosh - not MAC - there is never any reason to ever all-caps the word Mac in association with computers made by Apple. (Unless you are yelling - or referring to the MAC address of a Mac.) Macintosh is a type of an apple, like a Red Delicious or a Granny Smith. It's not an abbreviation or a acronym. It doesn't need to be all caps. But the M is always capitalized.
  • It's a lowercase i followed immediately by a capital letter starting the rest of the word. No space, no dash, no space dash space, nothing. Lowercase i then the rest of the word. Never - ever - a capital i . Not even when starting a sentence. It's a brand name - that's how it is spelled. Sorry if you don't like it. And there are no dashes in any name of anything product currently being made by Apple. I can't think of one that ever did have a dash Examples
    • iMac
    • iPhone
    • iWeb
    • iLife
    • iWork
    • iPod
    • iTunes
    • iPhoto
    • iDVD
    • iBook
    • iMovie
  • There's no such thing as an iTouch - (at least not from Apple). It's an iPod Touch. If you can bother to say the middle syllable or type the 3 letters and a space that it takes to properly say the word, don't be surprised when I don't bother to take you seriously.
  • It's OS X - which stands for Operating System 10 (Roman Numeral- 10 = X) And it's pronounced Oh Ess Ten - not Oh Ess Ex or Oss Ex or Oss Ten.
(I often screw up and say Oh Ess Ex. That doesn't bother me as much as the I-pod and MAC typing issues. I just thought I'd mention it while on the subject.)

The first iMac was released in 1998. The first iBook was released in 1999. iTunes was released in 2000. The iPod came out in 2001. You've had over 10 years to get used to the iSpelling format. Please learn how to use it. Thanks!

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