Recent in the news, it has been reported that the iPad is so strongly linked with tablets, that it is fast becoming the generic term for them. It is not unusual for brand names to gain iconic status that allows them to become part of the lexicon. We are all familar with the use of Kleenex, Xerox, YoYo, Coke, and many others as generic terms. Apple is not unfamiliar with it. iPod has become a common term for MP3 players. This is a two edge sword, in that in some cases, the common use of a brand name dilutes the brand. However, Apple has a good track record of keeping the distinction with the public.