Nice scoop by MacRumors: Apple registered for the islate.com domain name and filed for a trademark on iSlate, through a shell corporation named Slate Computing.
I wouldn’t jump to any conclusions that this is the name of any actual upcoming product, though. I assume that Apple has secured the rights to dozens of various iWhatever names. Very much like how many (maybe even most) of Apple’s patent filings aren’t necessarily related to any actual products. Also, these iSlate filings are relatively old, dating back to 2006 and early 2007. It is certainly possible that Steve Jobs latched onto a name over three years before the product was finished, but that would be highly unusual.
★ Saturday, 26 December 2009