Yes, it’s Christmas but this Apple rumor is too juicy to wait. It’s true; Apple’s tablet may indeed be called iSlate! MacRumors discovered via historical evidence that Apple purchased the domain name iSlate.com from Data Docket, Inc. in 2007. Mark Monitor manages domain names for many companies, including Apple. Even though the true identity of the domain name was set to private, there was a small window where Apple’s ownership info was exposed and then changed back a few weeks later. iSlate.com doesn’t point anywhere for now, but there are lots of speculations of Apple announcing a tablet early 2010.
TechCrunch dug a lot deeper and found other iSlate domain names registered around the world. The United Kingdom is a big market for Apple - Mark Monitor also manages the iSlate domain name islate.co.uk. It’s the same company that also manages the iSlate domain names iSlate.jp and iSlate.cn, while in France iSlate.fr is managed by a Paris-based IP property attorney firm called Wilson & Berthelot. This company named Mark Monitor as the technical contact for the islate.fr domain name.
The plot thickens with the iSlate trademark here in the United States. Back on November 21, 2006 a company called Slate Computing filed for a US word mark for ‘ISLATE’. Interestingly, it’s roughly the same time frame of when the last three islate-related domain names were registered.
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Everything is pointing to an Apple iSlate. If rumors are true, the announcement could come as early as January 26th, 2010.