Originally Posted by Smiles77
Really don't like the name. I think it really is a very......Microsoft......Google.....bleh, sort of name. Kind of like a technical person trying fruitlessly to make themselves relevant to the public. I'm not sure how Steve feels about reusing a product name, but iBook definitely seems like the most probable choice. Hmph, I guess we'll see on January 26. (I hope)
I have to agree here, since I also think it's going to be iBook. Apple owns the trademark already, no hassle with a third party over it... and it will define a new gadget category, called "smart books".
I mentioned in a post yesterday, that I think the simple, one-trick-pony e-reader (e-book) category will essentially be dead next year, or be spoken about similar as simple cell phones are compared to smart phones (e-readers and netbooks vs. smart-books).
The new iBook will being the mother of all smart books, and the one to try and kill after Jan 26, 2010.
PS. iSlate just doesn't roll off the tongue right, and people with speech deficiencies, and/or after a few beers, will HATE the name!
Could also be mistaken in a time of emergency, like when the rescue crew mistakes, "Please iSlate" as 'Please, isolate", as Soli stated to be a "good" reason for the rather hideous name.
PSS. I'm going to hedge my bet with "iPad" as my second guess... only to differentiate form Macbooks, notebooks, etc... and tie the device closer to the iPod way of doing things with iTunes and the AppStore. Regardless of some people thinking it sounds like a feminine hygiene product, it hasn't stopped anyone from yelling, "Go get my pad and a pencil, quick!". THAT could have a whole new meaning com Jan.... minus the pencil of course