The iPad

I’m upset about the name, “iPad”. I’ve got a lot of other thoughts regarding the product, but this is what particularly gets me right now.

Sure, there are all the jokes out there, but that’s not what really bothers me. I think it has a terrible ring to it.

1. I’m not a huge fan of the “i” prefix. It’s not really necessary anymore, and simply “Slate”, “Tablet”, “Canvas”, or even “Pad” would have sounded more pure. The “i” sounds cheesy these days. “The Apple Canvas”. Now that’s a name with some prestige.

2. Say “iPad” out loud a few times. It feels wrong after saying “iPod” all these years. It feels like I’m patronizing someone from the South side of Boston trying to pronounce a renowned Apple product. Or even how a “stupid American” would pronounce a beautiful foreign word with a shortened and cropped vowel sound. There’s something inherently ugly about the “short-vowel-a” sound in this particular product name. The pronunciation of the “o” in “iPod” felt a little pretentious. It gave the product a little boost in subconscious value. “iPad” sounds cheap and insincere.

4 Comments

  1. P. Smith says:

    Dude, couldn't agree more. Apple Canvas FTW.

  2. Grrvin (^_^) says:

    Maybe Apple is saving a super-cool name when they release the “real” iPad… you know the one with 2 cameras (which the new sdk alludes to ;), gps, multiple apps at one time, and a stylus(my only hold out).

    Keep up the good work. Your Blog r0x!

    p.s. I think it's hilarious some people are calling the $829 iPad… the MaxiPad HAHAHAAA!

  3. Grrvin (^_^) says:

    Maybe Apple is saving a super-cool name when they release the “real” iPad… you know the one with 2 cameras (which the new sdk alludes to ;), gps, multiple apps at one time, and a stylus(my only hold out).

    Keep up the good work. Your Blog r0x!

    p.s. I think it's hilarious some people are calling the $829 iPad… the MaxiPad HAHAHAAA!

  4. Andrew Y says:

    I like “iPad.” “i” brands the device as “Apple,” and “pad” differentiates the use and market from laptops and netbooks.

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