What do you think the 'iPad 3' will be called?

What do you think the 'iPad 3' will be called?

Summary: In reality, the name won't matter one bit.

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I'm throwing a question from today's mailbox out to you, dear readers.

‘What do you think the iPad 3' will actually end up being called come the unveiling?'

With the expected announcement of the next-generation iPad now less than a week away, there's a lot of speculation in the tech media about what Apple will call this new device. iPad 3 seems to be the favorite, but I've seen quite a few other names suggested. Personally, I think it will be called iPad 3 but I'll throw the best of the rest into a poll so you can choose which you think Apple will pick.

What I will say is this. The name is nowhere near as important as pundits make it out to be. I remember at the launch of the iPhone 4S how some in the tech media declared that Apple had killed sales by daring not to call it the iPhone 5. Did the name make a difference? No. What actually happened was that Apple went on to blow away the competition and sell a record number of handsets.

Those of you with long memories will remember that critics made the same comment about the iPad when the name was first announced, commenting on how it was a stupid name and that it sounded like feminine hygiene product. Did the name matter? Not one bit.

Bottom line, Apple could call the iPad 3 anything at all and the device would still sell as fast as they come off the production line.

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  • IPAD#

    It just works Pad
    edkollin
  • iPad 3

    The Ballmerslayer.
    SamWilkinson
    • The were thinking of calling it

      the burger flipper, but they were afraid you would sue them for using your name.
      :|
      Tim Cook
  • Ummmmmm

    iPad3?

    ;-)
    D.T.Long
  • Maybe

    iTampon
    dsf3g
  • I kinda like "Fred", actually.

    Although "Octavia" is rather nice, also.
    Userama
    • Fredrika Octavia?

      That should get you going
      D.T.Long
  • What do you think the 'iPad 3' will be called?

    Its going to be called the ioverPAiD.
    darn I'm funny!
    Loverock Davidson-
    • I knocked you down a notch - just on principle. Grin

      But your comment WAS cute, Loverock.
      kenosha77a
    • I made up for it!

      I brought you back up that peg because it was damn funny!
      slickjim
    • iLoveThatLoverockCantAffordOne

      and has never used it.
      SamWilkinson
    • You are adorable Lovey... Now give us a hug.

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
    • The better

      Apple should hire you. XD
      Nevellin
  • What about

    Super iPad II Turbo HD Alpha Zero EX

    Yes, we're on Street Fighter naming convension now.

    P.S. I'm aware of Samsung's AMOLED screen *actually* on that convension too
    Samic
  • Can't trademark a number

    Version numbers (like '3') are nice. Version numbers are simple. Even Microsoft Windows, which started out with version numbers (1,2,3,3.1,3.11), drifted off into year-of-release names, went off into space with names like XP and Vista, has returned to version numbers.

    Once you fight all the trademark battles all around the world (like Apple is doing now in China), it's easy and cheap to just increment the number. Windows 7, Windows 8, iPad 3, and so on. No lawyers necessary.

    This is why IBM products (almost) always had plain vanilla model numbers for names.
    Robert Hahn
  • Hmm

    The Apple Slice...

    Proview will win the name back in court...

    Samsung will buy the name...

    Headlines will read, "Apple files suit to block iPad in Europe."
    slickjim
    • Sad thing is

      I can see that happening...
      athynz
  • iCantpleasethemall

    Pagan jim
    James Quinn
    • I had to look at that one for a second. I'll explain.

      My brain first interpreted your iPad name as: i - Cant - please - the - mall.

      What mall was James talking about? Grin.

      Well, I have, on occasion, been somewhat slow on the uptake.
      kenosha77a
      • No worries when I read it back to myself that is what

        I saw as well:)

        Pagan jim
        James Quinn