Created By: Iamabrawler on June 16, 2013 Last Edited By: Iamabrawler on June 21, 2013
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iPhony

A piece of fictional hardware that obviously spoofs the Apple company and logo.

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You know you've made it when your product keeps being parodied everywhere. Anyway, that's what Apple must be thinking.

You could go with a piece of hardware that has no logo... but come on, it's easy to parody Apple. Their symbol, an apple with a small section bitten off, is really easy to draw... and even easier to spoof.

Which is probably why nowadays, many fictional computers, tablets, smartphones and other pieces of advanced technology bear a logo shaped like a fruit or another type of food. If it's not a fruit or a food of some kind, it'll still be a monochrome symbol of something recognizable or corresponding to the work's context.

A subtrope of Bland-Name Product, as it is clearly mocking the Apple logo. Also compare Everything Is an iPod in the Future. Of course, this is to avoid lawsuits, as are most bland name products. This trope becomes even funnier if that logo is on every type of electronic device the characters use.


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • In Digimon, Izzy has a laptop that not only has a pineapple logo, but has the whole "one half white, one half a color" motif of the early iBooks.
  • In Kaichou Wa Maid-sama!, Misaki uses a laptop with a pear logo early on to do student council work.
  • Ouran High School Host Club has Kyouya use a laptop with a pineapple logo.

Comics

Literature
  • In the Young Wizards books, some younger human wizards have their guide in the form of a laptop. It looks like a Mac... except the apple is whole, which fits the symbolism of the story (it's linked to the fall being caused by biting an apple, so an un-bitten apple represents the world without the fall)
  • In the Terry Pratchett's Hogfather screenplay book, there's a concept sketch of Magitek geek Ponder Stibbons studying a sketchbook resting on his lap. The cover of the book has a pineapple on it.

Live-Action Shows
  • In [[Live Action/iCarly]], some characters us a computer with the logo of a pear.

Newspaper Comics
  • Get Fuzzy plays this straight; with one rare occasion of possible unintentional product-placement for Apple, most in-universe computers have a logo design that features a pear with a bite in it.
  • In Comic Strip/Foxtrot, an iFruit was Jason Fox's computer of choice. Call it a Trope Namer if you wish.
  • This trope actually predates Apple's rise in the domain of smartphones and tablets; in Bloom County, some characters use a Banana Jr. 9000 (or 6000), which parodied the Apple computers.

Video Games

Web Animation
  • A Homestar Runner cartoon showed Bubs made people stand in line to get an iTem.
    • At another point, Bubs thinks that the best way to "modernize" Strong Bad's image is to put a lowercase i in front of it, like iStrong or iBad. Strong Bad declines, saying they fell into the same trap with lowercase e's in the 90's.

Webcomics

Web Original
  • In the Epic Rap Battles of History episode for Steve Jobs vs Bill Gates, the logo used is a strawberry.

Western Animation
  • In The Simpsons, a logo that often pops up on hardware is an apple bitten on both sides. That line of products is called Mapple and was created my Steve Mobs.
  • A banana decorates most pieces of hardware in Ben's City.
  • In Danny Phantom, some computers have a pear on them. The pear seems to be a running joke among Nick's shows, being also present in iCarly and some others.
  • In Western Animation/Futurama, the team buys eyePhones from Mom Corp; those have Mom's head as logo.
Community Feedback Replies: 32
  • Newspaper Comics
    • Get Fuzzy plays this straight; with one rare occasion of possible unintentional product-placement for Apple, most in-universe computers have a logo design that features a pear with a bite in it.
  • June 16, 2013
    DennisDunjinman
    • The original "iFruit" came from Foxtrot. It was Jason Fox's computer of choice.

    Instead of naming such a trope "iFruit", how about "iTem"?

    • A Homestar Runner cartoon showed Bubs made people stand in line to get an iTem.

    Also compare with Everything Is An I Pod In The Future.
  • June 16, 2013
    Iamabrawler
    Foxtrot is a Web Comics, right?
  • Dude, Foxtrot's been a newspaper comic for yeeeeeeaaaaaaarrrrrrs.
  • June 16, 2013
    randomsurfer
  • June 16, 2013
    Iamabrawler
    Well, excuse me for Foxtrot not appearing in the newspapers where I live.
  • June 16, 2013
    arromdee
    The Banana Jr. 9000 (or 6000) was a Mac parody from the old Bloom County strip, predating Apple's i-products.
  • June 16, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    Several Nick live action shows have laptops with a pear.
  • June 16, 2013
    DracMonster
    iPhony

    ..Steve Jobs is going to rise from his grave just to punch me in the face...
  • June 16, 2013
    luvaddict77
    The pears are in iCarly and Danny Phantom if I remember right. Probably others as well.
  • June 17, 2013
    NateTheGreat
    On Digimon Izzy has a laptop that not only has a pineapple logo, but has the whole "one half white, one half a color" motif of the early iBooks. Compare Izzy's laptop and some early iBooks.
  • June 17, 2013
    Duncan
    The Simpsons line of products are "Mapple" a company started by Steve Mobbs.
  • June 17, 2013
    TonyG
    In Futurama, the gang buys eyePhones from MomCorp, which have Mom's head as a logo.
  • June 17, 2013
    kjnoren
    I'd say this should be a general trope where very well-known products are alluded to, and shouldn't be specific to Apple. In some cases, it's even done with people.

    Film:

    Literature:

    • In Margaret Ball's Mathemagics from 1996 the characters use a handheld computer branded Leibniz, as a reference to Apple's Newton.
    • The Finux operating system is used in Literature/Cryptonomicon, as a reference to Linux. Averted in that the same computer also holds Windows 95, Windows NT, and Be OS, all real-world operating systems.

  • June 17, 2013
    Chabal2
    Also from Foxtrot, Jason's constant attempts at making a Shoddy Knockoff Product version of the latest Apple product, like the J Pad.
  • June 17, 2013
    Iamabrawler
    @kjnoren: My idea with this trope was to talk about the fact that now, if you parody a hardware company, it HAS to be Apple. And every series that does this makes it clear by using a logo that is obviously a reference to Apple's apple.
  • June 17, 2013
    kjnoren
    On the other hand, that makes it very much The Same But More Specific. There is nothing that distinguishes it from Bland Name Product except that it concerns itself with a specific brand (like being limited to a specific meaning, or appearing in a specific context or type of work).
  • June 17, 2013
    Iamabrawler
    Could be The Same But More Specific, but there's been really A LOT of those in the recent works. It's become really common, to the point that it could be considered a subtrope of Bland Name Product. I don't think there's ever been a company spoofed this much. Then again, I could be mistaken, but errors are possible, nobody's perfect.
  • June 17, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Webcomics
  • June 17, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    ^ I think the markup is Webcomic/ Furry Experience
  • June 17, 2013
    Solomontastic
    In Kaichou Wa Maid Sama, Misaki uses a laptop with a pear logo early on to do student council work.
  • June 17, 2013
    StarSword
    I like the iPhony one Drac Monster came up with.
  • June 17, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Thanks for the link-fix, Morningstar. :)

    Webcomics
    • Kevin Dewclaw's laptop from Bill Holbrook's Kevin And Kell bears a carrot sigil.
  • June 17, 2013
    IsaacSapphire
    In the Young Wizards books, some younger human wizards have their guide in the form of a laptop. It looks like a Mac... except the apple is whole, which fits the symbolism of the story (it's linked to the fall being caused by biting an apple, so an un-bitten apple represents the world without the fall)
  • June 17, 2013
    DracMonster
    I think this is like Rei Ayanami Expy: It's a specific example of Bland Name Product that occurs often enough to basically qualify as a Sub Trope.
  • June 18, 2013
    1810072342
    I might want someone to check this, but here goes: Web Original: In the Epic Rap Battles of History episode for Steve Jobs vs Bill Gates, the logo used is a strawberry.

    This trope largely exists because the alternative is You Wanna Get Sued
  • June 18, 2013
    UltramarineAlizarin
    I agree with iPhony as well. Helps cover those situations where the knockoff logo isn't food-related.
  • June 18, 2013
    DennisDunjinman
    Another Homestar Runner joke: Bubs thinks that the best way to "modernize" Strong Bad's image is to put a lowercase i in front of it, like iStrong or iBad. Strong Bad declines, saying they fell into the same trap with lowercase e's in the 90's.
  • June 19, 2013
    DracMonster
    Um, ignore this post. Nothing to see here, move along...
  • June 21, 2013
    Synchronicity
    I love the name!

  • June 21, 2013
    DaibhidC
    • In DC Comics New 52, frequent mention is made of the Q-Pod, the Q-Phone and the Q-Pad, all produced by Oliver Queen's company.

    • In the Terry Pratchett's Hogfather screenplay book, there's a concept sketch of Magitek geek Ponder Stibbons studying a sketchbook resting on his lap. The cover of the book has a pineapple on it.
  • June 21, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Video Games
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