This topic was created by andreas koch.
Who coined the term 'App'?
Ok,ok, so language evolves, but nevertheless: was it really necessary to abbreviate 'application'?
It seems that it was a great marketing move, because Joe and Jane Public seem* to think that App's** are better than programs and only available through iTunes.
So, does anyone know who coined the term? I've got the feeling it could have been Mr. Jobs...
*My own experience quite a few times, not a proper survey.
**Deliberate greengrocers apostrophe, fit's better with the target group.
Re: Who coined the term 'App'?
Apple coined "App store". But surely, app as an abbreviation, has been around for many years?
I remember seeing that word sporadically during the nineties, in technical contexts, but I think it's almost as old as the word 'application', and that's quite old indeed. It beats me how a company can be allowed to trademark common use words and abbreviations.
I really wondered about it, because i hadn't heard it all that much. But then, I never actually remember hearing it back in Germany, and I only moved to Britain a few years ago. Probably an Anglo-Americanism that escaped me before...
Is 'App Store' really trademarked? Wait, I used to work for Xerox, and they trademarked 'The Document Company'; so same thing there.
Oh well then, 'App' is a term. I'll survive it.
App store trade mark
Apple tried and failed to get trade mark for "app store".
We wrote a story here.
@Drewc - App store trade mark
I'm suitable embarrassed to not have read el Reg careefully...
No, really, That one escaped me. Thanks for the link!
App is short for Application or Apple.
App is short for application, not Apple.
AAPL is Stock market Abbreviation for Apple Inc., formerly Apple Computer, Inc. The dropping of "Computer" from the name is logical. They of course copied the name from UK Apple Corp (Beatles own label) and Logo also. Jonathan Ives copies 1950s Dieter Rams's designs for Braun.
I think the question should be "who coined the term application?" because I'm sure whoever they were talking to coined "app" around 30 seconds later.
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