Phil Schiller thinks you're saying Apple product names wrong
posted by Michael H. / Apr 29, 2016, 8:50 PM
iPhone 6s? Are the iPhone 6ses? Instead, Schiller took exception to the pluralization of general products like the iPhone or Mac. Ask any normal person and we're quite sure that most people would say plural would be iPhones or Macs. However, Schiller is not a normal person, it seems. According to Schiller, "One need never pluralize Apple product names." Schiller asserts that Apple product names occupy the strange space as the words deer, scissors, or pants, which are the same whether singular or plural.The pluralization discussion isn't even the more obvious one that you might expect, as in: How do you refer to more than one
This means, Schiller said, that it would be correct to say, "I have 3 Macintosh," (as though anyone in the word doesn't call an Apple computer a Mac). This means the sentence "The school has 25 iPad" would be completely acceptable. However, if you can't bring yourself to say it that way, the official Apple style guide suggests the correct way to do it is to add a descriptor, like "5 iPad tablets" or "69 iPhone devices".
Of course, the whole argument is ridiculous, because not only are these just the ways Apple would like you to say it (which has no bearing on how normal people actually talk), but CEO Tim Cook himself has broken the rules by saying the words "iPhones" and "iPad Pros" in the most recent earnings call.
So basically, just say what you want. The Apple Style Guide isn't the dictionary so the rules don't really matter to anyone outside of Apple itself.
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Who has 3 Macs for that to be a problem?
posted on Apr 29, 2016, 9:19 PM 9
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Omg an article just for this bs? Smh
posted on Apr 29, 2016, 9:20 PM 12
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To be honest, I always wondered why they referenced their products during keynotes as if they were not objects. They always sounded goofy and down right pompous, but it might be that they're just Apple. Regardless, anytime Cook goes "iPad is the best tablet in the world" or some other BS instead of "the iPad", it always just sounds wrong.
posted on Apr 30, 2016, 2:08 AM 1
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Reminds me of a debate about plurals earlier this week, as follows. My buddy asked me what the Plural of Moose was and I said Moose, he replied "no, it's Meese". So I asked him how he came up with that, he said, if goose is geese, Moose must be meese. To which I said what about a Mouse, and he replied the same.
posted on May 01, 2016, 1:42 PM 0
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This article is pretty stupid, but then again, you can't really pluralize names, nowadays, iPad became a term for all tablet, even though it's not always true, but I did meet a lot of people just calling all tablets, iPad. So the Dow shave a point, iPad is a name, which technically pluralization is not correct, for example, we could say 3 Lamborghini gallardos, but in reality, is grammatically incorrect
posted on Apr 29, 2016, 9:37 PM 0
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3 Gallardos is grammatically correct. Plurality of names follows the rules used for nouns. Schiller is smoking the good stuff again, as usual. He would make a great politician, just not one that should have any influence on my life.
posted on Apr 30, 2016, 2:45 AM 0
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Schiller is stupid. 1 iPad is not the same as 2 iPad's. You can say 2 iPad. He a fool. The of iPhone would be iPhones. Just like more than one phone would be phones. What a stupid slob. Shut up Schiller you're an educated fool
posted on Apr 29, 2016, 9:39 PM 1
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I don't really have strong feelings about this. I DO have strong feelings about, is when people say, "iTouch" when they reference the iPod touch, or "iWatch" when they mean Apple Watch. These things, not violent video games, make me want to hit people.
posted on Apr 29, 2016, 11:05 PM 1
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If I ever hear someone call an IPod Touch an "iTouch" I might vomit. Then proceed to shovel (hurl?) said vomit at their face. Iwatch I can handle, but the iPod touch has been around since like 2008. How does someone not know what an IPod Touch is? No excuses... they will recieve my vomit fling of disapproval!!!!!!
posted on Apr 29, 2016, 11:24 PM 1
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I bet he had a serious look on his face, when he said it.
posted on Apr 29, 2016, 11:31 PM 0
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