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


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13 Comments

11. Phullofphil

Posts: 1846; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

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

10. Phullofphil

Posts: 1846; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

7. audi90

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 16, 2009

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

9. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

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

13. Samot9

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 02, 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.

6. WnnaFghtAboutIt

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 31, 2009

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

5. saneok

Posts: 78; Member since: Oct 01, 2009

just an oversized Iphone haha

4. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

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

8. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

+1 bro.

12. gomets15217

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 13, 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.

3. paintballguy113

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 29, 2008

The uTouch lol.

2. ace1122

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 23, 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?

1. cj100570

Posts: 204; Member since: May 12, 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

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