I got the same thing from the constant ‘post-pc’ thing. Have they fallen into their old trap? Remember the day when people said you couldn’t do ‘real work’ on a Mac? Guess what… you can’t do real work on an iPad! I’ve tried!
As far as the naming goes, there’s one of two things going on. The first may have to do with iPad’s classification as a computer, not a portable device of some kind. I’m not using a MacBook Pro 7, or an iMac 8, or a Mac Pro 5. So they’re dumping the numbering because now it’s a computer. Numbers and names are for Gameboys, and Playstations, and cel phones. (The Mac Pros use to have letters AND numbers(!), but they got rid of that.)
The second possibility is that they want to dump the numbering for the iPad and iPhone to better match the iPod, which also doesn’t have numbering. The technological advances from one model to the next, as we’ve seen, are getting more and more slight. There maybe something cool in there, but it takes a lot to blow our hair back.
But yeah, all the ‘post-pc’ talk is disconcerting.