As with most Apple announcements, this one was preceded by a torrent of rumor and speculation.
Some of it had to do with features: would the new iPad get a Retina display (yes), would it get a better camera (yes), would it get 4G (yes), would it get Siri (not exactly).
But one of the biggest rumors was about the next iPad’s name. Would it be iPad 3 (which was the early favorite) or iPad HD (the hot, late-breaking rumor).
So what was it…HD or 3?
Turns out, neither. The new iPad was just referred to as the new iPad.
If you like to keep score, here’s an iPad rumor scorecard that itemizes the rumors and lets you know who got them right…and wrong.
And just the day before, another little tech company named Google made some announcements on its official blog about names.
Google’s Android Market, which hasn’t been around that long, is already being renamed: to Google Play.
The Google Music and Google eBookstore names will also go away as they are being incorporated into the new cloud-based Google Play.
If you’ve got an Android phone or tablet, look for the Android Market app to be upgraded to Google Play “over the coming days” (sorry we can’t be more specific). Your videos, books, and music apps will also be upgraded under the Google Play umbrella. Any previously purchased apps and media will now be available to you from Google Play.
If you want to check it out, now’s a good time because Google is celebrating the launch of Play by offering special promotions on music, movies, e-books, and apps every day for the next five days.
As for us…no, we didn’t change our name. We’re still EarthLink. But we did make a big name change late last year that some of you may have missed.
We consolidated our growing number of IT, network, and communication services for business (MPLS Networks , Integrated Voice & Data, Hosted Voice, Data Center Services , Cloud Hosting, and too many more to name here) in a new division called EarthLink Business.
The EarthLink Business name may be new to you, but we”re proud to say that the business division is already making a name for itself.