Raise your hand if you honestly thought Apple was gonna call the new toy "iTablet" or "iSlate."
Yeah, us too. Here are some reasons why we think "iPad" as a device name bites the big one:
- * It's waaaay too close to "iPod." Even though that's exactly what the tablet turned out to be: an iPod on 'roids.
- * As you can see from the above Twitter trending screencap, it's already inspiring insulting puns. (One iSmashPhone reader joked, a bit more accurately, that the 64 GB version should be called the "Maxi-Pad;" another wondered if OS updates would be referred to as "iPatches.")
- * It's arrogant. A full week ago, we wrote the story that Apple doesn't own the US trademark for the term "iPad" — Fujitsu does, and has already assigned it to a handheld inventory-tracking device. Now, Apple has been planning (for some time, we might add) to mount a legal challenge to Fujitsu's trademark, claiming there's too narrow a gap between "iPod" and "iPad." Meanwhile, the House of Jobs has basically performed a public hijacking of another company's existing trademark. The lawyers are gonna have a mondo healthy bonus this year, you betcha.