Apple's chosen name for its new tablet device -- the iPad -- is drawing sneers and jeers from the blogosphere, mostly from female pundits. Perhaps in the male mind, "iPad" conjures up images of a sleek, slate-like device. Women, however, are more likely to focus on feminine hygiene products. As blogger Ann Althouse wryly suggested: "For our light days, we have iPhones. For our heavy days, we have the the iMaxiPad!" Touche.
However, it would seem that not everybody is displeased with the new name choice. In fact, there are already several iPad products on the market -- all of which came out before Apple's giant iPod Touch. (Er, we mean tablet.) First and foremost among these is the Fujitsu iPad -- a handheld computing device complete with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and VoIP support which came out in 2002. Not surprisingly, Fujitsu is currently pursuing its legal options over the name-swipe. Personally, we think they should be fighting to foist the name onto each other.
But this isn’t the only iPad to make it out the door before Apple. There's also an iPad tablet computer by ST Microelectronics, a range of motors and engines by German technology company Siemens and, most humorously of all, a padded bra by Canadian lingerie company Coconut Grove Intimates. In fact, the only market that doesn't have an iPad-branded product is the feminine hygiene industry. Go figure.