Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Dec 2011 22:41 UTC
Apple "Apple could face disruption to its iPad sales in China after a court rejected its claim to own the iPad trademark in the country and a rival sought to halt sales of the tablet device in two Chinese cities. The developments are the latest in a long-running dispute between Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen), a struggling Taiwanese-owned company that registered trademarks for the name IPAD in many countries long before Apple conceived its smash hit tablet computer." Apple is clearly copying from this innovative Chinese company. If Apple fanatics are actually consistent (*), they would condemn Apple for this clear case of theft.
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RE: Comment by ephracis
by MOS6510 on Thu 8th Dec 2011 05:57 UTC in reply to "Comment by ephracis"
MOS6510
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2011-05-12

The first iThing was the iMac in 1998, it stood for Internet.

After that it became a marketing thing.

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RE[2]: Comment by ephracis
by Moredhas on Thu 8th Dec 2011 07:53 in reply to "RE: Comment by ephracis"
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2008-04-10

Before then, I think it was commonplace to prefix things with "Intelligent" or "Intelli", but I could be misremembering. This was more than half my life ago ;)

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RE[3]: Comment by ephracis
by MOS6510 on Thu 8th Dec 2011 08:11 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ephracis"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Intelligent Design? ;-)

I don't recall any general naming trend. I think most naming conventions were more or less restricted to certain brands. I think IBM liked to put an e in front of stuff.

Personally I would prefer any naming strategy to actually mean something.

Apple's i stood for Internet, but most iPods don't have Internet access. Only the iPod touch does and it came years after the original iPod. It's a cool name, but I don't see a link between Internet, a pod (I do know where they got that name from) and a media player.

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RE[2]: Comment by ephracis
by tupp on Thu 8th Dec 2011 15:41 in reply to "RE: Comment by ephracis"
tupp Member since:
2006-11-12

The first iThing was the iMac in 1998, it stood for Internet.


No.

"IThings" were around long before Apple had them.

Here is the Lowel iLight: http://www.bwitekblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/ilight1.jpg

The iLight first appeared in 1985, as did it's trademark.

There are other earlier examples, and there has been at least one thread on OSNews on the subject.

Again, Apple just doesn't actually originate much.

Edited 2011-12-08 15:43 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by ephracis
by MOS6510 on Thu 8th Dec 2011 16:55 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ephracis"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Okay, for once I'll admit you're right, even though it took a strange looking lamp.

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RE[3]: Comment by ephracis
by thavith_osn on Fri 9th Dec 2011 14:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ephracis"
thavith_osn Member since:
2005-07-11

There is nothing new under the sun. If you think you have thought of something first, chances are you haven't...

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