What do you call the tissue paper you use to blow your nose? I call it
"Kleenex." What do you call the flying disc that you throw around at
the park? I call it a "Frisbee." When you tell someone to search the
Internet for some information, how do you tell them? I say, "Google it." All these terms are brand names of products, but over time people eventually just came to use a brand name as a generic term for those items even though the products themselves could be named something else. So my question to you is, do you ever see this happening to "iPad"? Could it become the generic term for tablet regardless of whether it is actually an Apple iPad or not?
For me, I'm a tech gadget enthusiast. And to me "iPad" won't ever be a
generic term for tablets, because when I say "iPad," I am referring to
a specific tablet made by Apple. But my dad, who is a good representation of
all who aren't that keen on tech, calls any tablet like device an "iPad"--not giving any thought to how confusing it is me. I tried explaining it to him, but eventually I just threw in the towel, as it's no use--iPad is set in his mind already as the generic term for all tablet devices.
What about you, do you think iPad will eventually become a generic term for tablet, just like how many people refer to all tissue paper as Kleenex? Or are you already calling all tablet devices iPads? What do you think Apple will think of this trend if it happens? Will this be good or bad for the brand? Check out what other people are saying in the response to CNET Blog Network author Amanda Kooser's latest blog post, "Friday Poll: Will iPad become generic for 'tablet'?" And when you're ready, share what you think with the rest of us!
I have to disagree with you here. I've rarely heard iPod used as a generic for MP3 player, mostly by those in (no offence meant at all) older generations, usually those that can't be bothered... Read more
If the word "ipad" came to be a generic term for "tablet computer" that would be bad for Apple, not good. Google wasn't at all pleased when the word "google" was put in the dictionary... Read more
I'd say it already is a generic term... Take any tablet computer (besides the iPad) and show it to a tech illiterate person, ask them what it is, and I can almost guarantee they will say iPad... Read more
In my household iPad is already means tablet. We have 2 tablets, neither of which are an iPad,and everyone calls them iPads, including our two young girls. We have a Nook Color... Read more