Apple's iPad announcement earlier this afternoon prompted a score of WTFing across the internet, prompting many to ask, "Are there any women on Apple's marketing team?" Answer: Apparently not. (Period.)
Recent evidence suggests that this divine new product will be called the iPad. Obviously, this presents some immediately troubling connotations — as opposed to a word like "notepad," a single letter "i" doesn't give us enough emotional distance from the "pad" part of the package. Nevertheless, Apple has very recently pursued trademark rights to "iPad," so this may be a brand-name we're going to have to live with. Rather than point out the maxi-padded problems with this, we're going to suck it up and accept our potential fate. What might we expect from the awesome new iPad?
iPad "Is it that time of the month again?" "It sounds like a sanitary napkin." "Will the next version have wings?" Of all the names that Apple had reportedly secured--Apple Tablet, iTablet, Magic Slate, iSlate--I think it's safe to say that no one truly believed that Apple would name their newest product the iPad. Especially women. "So will the 64GB one be called the Maxi-Pad?"
As soon as the iPad was announced our office broke out laughing in a moment of grade school humor. Either this was created by a group of daughterless men who don't know that the word pad is inextricably linked to menstruation for most women or they thought the power of Apple branding would override this basic human truth.
There is no definitive nor tangible evidence that Apple is make a tablet like device. Whether it will be a netbook version of a mac book or just a big iphone Touch, no one knows. But the world speculates and hopes.