Apple's iPad sparks flood of jokes, questions over gender sensitivity
The junior high boys' locker room seems to have taken over the Twitterverse. Jokes this afternoon of Apple's perhaps unfortunate naming of its tablet, iPad, flooded the microblogging site, the blogosphere and Facebook.
"iTampon," a spoof of iPad was the second-highest trending topic on Twitter. You get the idea.
Not everyone found it amusing.
Whether the iPad is a winner or loser for consumers is still very much up in the air. What's not is that Apple's perhaps unfortunate name for its new tablet has already struck a nerve with many women.
"The iPad? That's a horrible name. What's next, iTampon?" wrote one Twitter user.
"Clearly #apple didn't consult with any women on naming of iPad," wrote another.
"Are there NO women in the Marketing or Biz Dev department of Mac? Seriously, only a non-menstruating man would think 'iPad.' "
It didn't help that none of the presenters during Apple's announcement was a woman.
January 27, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
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