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January 22, 2008

Nike and Apple Take to the Air in Brand Naming

I have been mulling over Apple’s new MacBook Air brand name, which was announced last week at Macworld.

And here are a number of points that come to mind:

  1. Mac lovers knew the name was coming (and Apple may have helped them figure it out with their “There’s something in the air posters)
  2. David Pogue of the the New York Times writes that “the name ‘Air’ is particularly apt. It describes not only the laptop’s aerodynamic shape, but also its nearly complete inability to connect to cables.” I agree.
  3. Some people wonder if the folks over at Nike aren't going to think this is some kind of move on their turf, with one wag asking “So when the MacBook Jordans coming out?."

Or maybe that’s not a joke: in the very same week that Jobs announced the brand naming of his new computer, Nike let it slip that their 23rd Air Jordan was set for release.

Yes, “Air” is Nike territory, but I’d add that Apple and Nike are selling to an overlapping target market. By the way, I wonder if Apple minds the recently introduced Tata Nano auto, manufactured by Tata Motors in India.

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Posted by William Lozito at January 22, 2008 7:33 AM
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