There have been plenty of jokes about the iPad name referencing a certain feminine hygiene product. Some people have even suggested that the iPad’s name is a blunder that will ultimately doom the product.
My reaction is to ask: should we also rename a pad of paper? How about helicopter pad and mousepad? Or pad, being the place someone lives? Surely these names reference tampons too.
The reality is that iPad is a great name for this product. And that because the iPad is about to become ubiquitous in our lives, we will no longer think consciously about the name anyway. For example, what comes to mind when you think about Lays? Chips, right?