When it comes to forecasting the next big thing, we turn to our secret weapon: the TUAW braintrust. We put the question to you and let you have your go at it. Today’s topic is the new iPad — specifically, its name.
Macs and iPods have traditionally gone nameless. There’s no Mac mini 3 or iMac 2S. You might have purchased a late 2010 MacBook Air or a 4th generation iPod touch, but other than generation and manufacturing date, there haven’t been product differentiations in the names. You go to an Apple store, and you say, “I’d like to buy an iMac.”
Now, Apple seems to have stepped away from the iPad naming game. There was the iPad, the iPad 2, and now the new iPad (3rd generation, early 2012). If this trend continues, it looks like there will never be an iPhone 5 — which, ironically, would have been a 6th generation product.
So is Apple going to pull the trigger on its iPhone line as well as the iPad? Are they moving back to dates and generations?
You tell us. Place your vote in this poll and then join in the comments with all your predictions.