When the third-gen iPad was announced by Apple on March 7, it was referred to throughout the event as ‘the new iPad’. That has caused a fair amount of comment and confusion, given that the previous gen model is the iPad 2, and of course the original iPad was just the iPad.
I have to admit I felt ore than a little surprised initially by the fact that this latest gen iPad was not called the iPad 3 or the iPad HD. Once I’d had some time to digest the event though, it made more sense to me, given that Apple’s computers don’t have numbers used in their naming convention. There’s no MacBook Pro 3 or MacBook Air 2. Cars are not given new numbers each year – we don’t talk about the Honda Accord 6 or the Ford F150 7. So in general it makes sense for this just to be the iPad, although it is made somewhat more awkward because the naming convention is being adopted after having a generation that used the number 2 in its name.
In any case, for anyone who was still wondering what the actual name of Apple’s latest tablet is, the packaging for it makes it clear it is just iPad. As you can see above in the photo of the box, there’s no ‘new’ – it’s just iPad.
I’ve been referring to the new iPad quite a lot since March 7, and now I’ll gradually work towards just calling it the iPad, or the 2012 iPad once we get a little farther away from its launch.
In the what’s in a name spirit of things, I hope any of you who got one are enjoying your iPad / new iPad / shoulda been iPad 3 tablet. :)