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Apple's tablet to be named iSlate; device to be introduced January 26th?

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Apple's tablet to be named iSlate; device to be introduced January 26th?
Apple's tablet to be named iSlate; device to be introduced January 26th?
Research by MacRumors and TechCrunch has revealed that Apple has been using a beard to cover up the stockpiling of the domain name 'iSlate'. Apple, hiding behind registrar MarkMonitor, has been revealed to be the true owner of the name during some brief lapses in ownership. The domain name has been registered in different countries like France and the UK, and all the info points back to MarkMonitor or other Apple related firms. As for the trademark, a Delaware firm named Slate Computing registered ISLATE as a trademark on November 21, 2006 in the U.S. and E.U. The overseas application features a law firm used by Apple in other European trademark applications. Slate Computing itself does not have a real business but on the trademark application, the company's business description had the same lines of business as Apple. While all of this could just mean that Apple has reserved the right to use the name iSlate on a future product, a tablet would seem to fit perfectly. Wall Street analyst Gene Munster, writing for broker Piper Jaffray while channeling Yogi Berra, wrote that there is a 75% chance that Apple will have a presentation in January and a 50% chance that the presentation will be to introduce a new tablet.

The Financial Times has reported that Apple has booked the Yerba Buena Center of the Arts in San Francisco for several dates in late January. A FT source says that Apple will introduce a new product on January 26th which meets the qualifications of late January. The New York Times, talking to past and current Apple employees, says that the current version of an Apple Tablet has "hit the sweet spot" and that Steve Jobs is "extremely happy with the new tablet." A recently departed Apple employee added that the way users interact with the device will be very surprising. That could relate to the recently reported story about two Apple patent applications relating to tactile feedback keyboard. And as the speculation grows and spreads like wildfire, we can tell you that the fever pitch will rise as we head toward the end of 2010's first month and  more and more stories, pictures and perhaps even video will appear. For now, we have to be satisfied with some good detective work. Keep checking in for the latest as the first big story of 2010 starts to develop at the end of 2009.

source: NYTimes, FinancialTimes via BGR

Image courtesy of Gizmodo

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:44

1. cj100570 (Posts: 204; Member since: 12 May 2009)


I doubt that islate name for the simple fact that there's a line of tablet pc's that have used the Slate name for yearshttp://www.tabletkiosk.com/products/sahara/i400s_pp.asp

posted on 25 Dec 2009, 16:30

2. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)


Im so sick of all these names starting with "i". Can't Apple come up with a more clever name? or atleast a less annoying one?

posted on 25 Dec 2009, 17:11

3. paintballguy113 (Posts: 16; Member since: 29 Sep 2008)


The uTouch lol.

posted on 25 Dec 2009, 17:41

4. vzwman (Posts: 385; Member since: 26 Oct 2009)


I don't want to start another att Verizon argument/fight But IMO att sucks bolas Verizon rocks hehehe

posted on 25 Dec 2009, 22:27

8. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


+1 bro.

posted on 27 Dec 2009, 00:41

12. gomets15217 (Posts: 38; Member since: 13 Jul 2008)


ditto. i had something to say about phonearena actually, im just commenting on this post cuz it made me laugh. im impressed at how, well, well thought out and intelligently this article was written and presented compared to the usual stuff. kudos phonearena.

posted on 25 Dec 2009, 19:45

5. saneok (Posts: 77; Member since: 01 Oct 2009)


just an oversized Iphone haha

posted on 25 Dec 2009, 20:21

6. WnnaFghtAboutIt (Posts: 149; Member since: 31 Aug 2009)


they'll announce that it'll have a card slot and you can pick your carrier...lol

posted on 25 Dec 2009, 20:52

7. audi90 (Posts: 6; Member since: 16 Feb 2009)


islate, itablet, iscreen whatever you wanna call it its not a phone so why is it on phonearena

posted on 26 Dec 2009, 11:08

9. rjt185 (Posts: 257; Member since: 11 Jun 2009)


It could have a cell phone radio in it. Be it CDMA or GSM or LTE. Geez.

posted on 28 Dec 2009, 09:47

13. Samot9 (Posts: 18; Member since: 02 Dec 2009)


even though you wouldn't hold it to your ear you could use a bluetooth to make calls. also notice the phone icon on the bottom left of the screen.

posted on 26 Dec 2009, 14:26

10. Phullofphil (Posts: 800; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


if they were smart it would have capabilities to use all carriers service. or atliest a different option than just att or tmobile. if not it wont be an over sized iphjone but an over sized ipod touch. As long as i c an tether it through my verizon phone i guess it would still be cool.

posted on 26 Dec 2009, 14:28

11. Phullofphil (Posts: 800; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


Apple gets 750 dollars from att for every iphone sold by the way. If i am wrong let me know.

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