Internet wiseacres mock Apple iPad's name
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — You have to wonder whether there were any women in the room when the marketing geniuses at Apple decided to call the company’s new gadget the “iPad.” The jokes about feminine hygiene products have been flying since last week’s debut.
“Will women send their husbands to the Apple store to buy iPads?” went one joke on Twitter. And a
MadTV comedy sketch from several years ago about an electronic sanitary napkin called the iPad went viral on YouTube.
Still, a brand expert said the name is not so bad.
“It fits with what Apple’s been doing consistently. They take literal words that exist and stick an ‘i’ in front of it,” said Tye Heckler, a vicepresident at Heckler Associates.
If the iPad sells, it won’t be the first time a company has been mocked for its name, only to have the product fly off the shelves.
Nintendo was swamped with potty-training jokes after it announced its Wii game console.