It’s hard to imagine the iPhone being dubbed anything other than iPhone, but according to Ken Segall (former advertising executive for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)), the revolutionary smartphone could have been named something entirely different.

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During a recent speech at University of Arizona’s Department of Marketing, Segall shared the other names Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) considered for their smartphone which included Mobi, TelePod, and TriPod. Interestingly enough, even the name iPad was considered.

Apparently, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) like the name TelePod the best because it contained the word “tele” which was reminiscent of the old-school word telephone. The Cupertino-based company also like the name Mobi for the more modern tone. The name TriPod was also considered as it merged iPod with other various web services.  In the end, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) decided to go with the name iPhone.

Getting the rights to use the word iPhone for their smartphone was no easy task either. They had to make a legal settlement with Cisco Systems, who previously used the name. Currently, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is fighting with a company in Brazil over the name.

In other iPhone news, it’s rumored that the seventh generation smartphone may arrive in August. There is also rumors that a fifth generation iPad could arrive sometime in August. These rumors are just rumors from sources and so far nothing has been confirmed. It is expected that both devices (and probably the iPad Mini 2) will debut sometime this year although it’s most likely to happen in the middle to latter parts of the year.

The upcoming iPhone 5S is predicted to be an improved version of the iPhone 5 with a few significant upgrades like a better camera, more advanced processor, and maybe a finger-print sensing feature. The upgraded iPad should feature a thinner and lighter overall design. None of these rumors have been confirmed either way, so Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) fans must remain patient.