iSlate, iTablet, or iPad?
Increasingly likely Apple will announce their oft-rumored Apple Tablet come January 27, one big niggling detail is what to name the thing. Three likely contenders are the iSlate, iTablet, or iPad.
I’m no fan of iSlate, which conjures up images of Fred Flintstone’s boss whacking people over the head with a large stone tablet.
For similar reasons, iTablet sounds similarly arcane, plus medicine-y things you swallow are called “tablets.” Not that we’d have the same problem with the iPod Shuffle (recall the warning, do not eat iPod Shuffle) due to the rumored 10 inch size, but still. I don’t want an appetizing Mac product; had enough lick-avoidance with a fruit-colored iMac.
So I’m partial to iPad: it’s similar in spelling and pronunciation to “iPod,” differing in one letter only, plus it’s short with only four letters and two syllabus, perfect for our ADD culture or 140 character tweets.
Any of these names are far better than what Steve Jobs originally wanted to name the iMac. Yes, the truth finally came out. the original Jobs-o-vision was… “MacMan.”
But ultimately, what’s a name. Even if this Apple Tablet is called the “iPadMan” – I’m still getting one.