What's in a name? If you're the upcoming, much-anticipated Apple Tablet then your name is just another of the hotly-argued possibilities in the run up to the company's event next Wednesday. At one point iSlate seemed most likely; then we heard iTablet, and now thanks to some fresh trademark digging the Apple iPad is another possibility. Registrations for the iPad name took place in Canada back in July 2009, and since then similar trademarks have been filed in Europe, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia.
You might be wondering where the US trademark is, but that's actually held by Fujitsu; the company registered it for handheld computing prior to Apple's interest. While that could present a legal problem should Apple decide to go with the iPad name, it's an issue they've already surmounted at least once before with the iPhone (the trademark for which was held by Cisco).
Securing a deal with Apple is the kind of thing any carrier executive would want to crow about, but we're still somewhat dubious about Orange France VP Stéphane Richard's apparent on-air confirmation of the Apple iSlate tablet. Interviewed by French radio station Europe1, Richard is asked about the persistent rumors that Apple will announce a webcam-enabled Tablet in a few days time, something to which he answers yes; he then - in one interpretation - goes on to confirm that Orange customers would benefit from such a device.
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Two new Apple rumors today, with a 5-megapixel camera for the next-gen iPhone tipped along with a 7-inch size for the much-speculated Apple Tablet. According to DigiTimes, CMOS manufacturer OmniVision have had orders placed by Apple for a 5-megapixel sensor for the fourth-generation iPhone, which is expected to launch in late 2010.
It's Friday and perilously close to the holidays, so we reckon we're allowed to kick back and watch a little more Apple Tablet concept footage. Just like last week's clip we're calling fake on its authenticity, but we're still mighty impressed by the rendering skills of whoever created it.
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Now, we'll prefix this with a huge disclaimer that it's 99.9-percent fake, and we're only pointing to it because - as concept videos go - it's a pretty slick one. Purported to be a leaked video demo of the much-rumored Apple Tablet, it shows a thin slate with a touchscreen and Cover Flow style interface.
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With no official nod from its supposed creators, the Apple Tablet is still the pinnacle of rumorware right now, but that doesn't stop analysts from making mass production predictions. Oppenheimer's Yair Reiner has cited "checks into Apple's supply chain" as providing sufficient evidence that the company is preparing to kick off production in February of a 10.1-inch multitouch LCD based tablet, as well as unnamed contacts who claim the Cupertino company has been approaching book publishers with "a very attractive proposal for distributing their content".
The perennial Apple Tablet rumor gets another kink in the tale today, with gossip-gluttons DigiTimes reporting that the company has pushed back the predicted early-2010 launch - which they peg as March - into the second half of the year. They're also quoting component manufacturers who tip not one but two Apple Tablets with similarly sized displays: a 10.6-inch LCD TFT and a 9.7-inch OLED version, the latter likely being supplied by LG Display as part of their ongoing five-year $500m panel deal.
Now the SlashGear team love tech in all its myriad forms, but even we'd have trouble mustering too much enthusiasm for a SIM tray. However, we'll make a semi-exception for a tray tipped to slot into Apple's fourth-gen iPhone or "iTablet"; according to ChinaOnTrade, this part - which they claim to have directly sourced from Foxconn, already fingered as a potential Apple Tablet manufacturer - will go on sale October 23rd for $14.05.