Does the name give us some clues to the longevity of the product?

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  1. seneca18

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    They didn't. When the first iPad came out it was simply "iPad" also. It would make no sense for apple to release a new product and put a number designation next to it. It just so happens that the next iPad that came out was called iPad 2. It's not like there have been iPad 7, iPad 8 and then they dropped the number assignment. This might also have to do with the fact that Apple is going to release a 7in iPad sometime this year so it wouldn't make sense to call this then the iPad 4. For all we know the next iPad could be called "iPad Revolution" or "iPad superfantasticawesomo" (note to apple: if you name your next iPad this I WANT ROYALTIES)...
     
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    The only reason I'd want to avoid a generic name is the PITA of searching for accessories online. I had a between-generations iPod with bad naming, and searching for accessories was a time-consuming pain. That's especially the case if the model is no longer the latest.

    I don't care if they name a device by a bunch of random characters, whatever, but make it usable for a search, for the love of tech.
     
  3. AQ_OC

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    I think Apple just buggered up the naming scheme. They really should have thought about this a long time ago. They have been iterating products for years now. It should have been a fine-tuned art even when the original iPad was introduced.

    I don't like the generation naming scheme because if you don't follow a product, you have no idea what a generation product includes. I do like the simple product names, though...if they go to a naming scheme like what companies use for TV I would NEVER buy another Apple product (of course, there is NO chance of this happening). Still, this could have been done better. There never should have been an iPad 2, for example. iPad (2010, 2011, 2012 iterations) would have been fine. They could have simply printed the release year in small print on the back under "iPad".
     
  4. Kaykaykay

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    The prob with naming models by year is the marketing hiccup of selling a device named IPad 2012 in January, February or March 2013. Makes it a harder psychological sell for some people if the name is from last year.
     
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    Also explain buying an iPad 2011 in August of 2012, or even January 2013. There is no win win in naming generation items. Even automobiles often need to be differentiated by VIN within model years.
     
  6. AQ_OC

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    Hmm...you know you're buying either used or an older model....Not sure what the psycho mumbo would be. Better to know ahead of time and be clear about what is happening than to find out later. I think we look for the lessor of evils here, not for perfection, because that doesn't exist. But we can have better than we have now.
     
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    This. ^^^^^ This post nails the biggest problem. Without some way of easily differentiating between products, searching and finding the correct case, etc. is a HUGE pain. The new iPad is thicker than iPad 2, which was thinner than the original, which was still thicker than iPad 3. With some of these cases, (the better ones), they are a perfect fit. Now, they need three different cases for the perfect fit. Just saying "iPad" may sound like wise marketing strategy, but the problem here is the above post.
     
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    You might think that, but there are plenty of psychological tricks in sales.
     
  9. AQ_OC

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    Yes, you are indeed correct in that statement.
     
  10. Michael_Goff

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    I thought they did the same with the iPod. I can't remember it slowing the sales of those down much. I doubt it will have a negative effect here, either.
     

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