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Records show that Apple has owned the iSlate.com domain name since 2007, indicating a possible name for the company's much-rumored tablet device.

Apple has owned the domain iSlate.com since at least 2007 according to records discovered by MacRumors. The domain was registered in 2007 through MarkMonitor, a domain registrar and trademark protection service that has handled domains for companies such as Google, Yahoo and Apple.

Apple's ownership of the domain was displayed for several weeks in late 2007 before being quickly changed back to MarkMonitor. Currently the domain does not point to a website.

In October, Bill Keller, executive editor at the New York Times, made mention of an "impending Apple slate" during a presentation to the newspaper's digital staff:

"We need to figure out the right journalistic product to deliver to mobile platforms and devices. I'm hoping we can get the newsroom more actively involved in the challenge of delivering our best journalism in the form of Times Reader, iPhone apps, WAP, or the impending Apple slate, or whatever comes after that."



Rumors of Apple's forthcoming tablet device have been circulating for years but have reached a critical mass as of the end of 2009. Many expect the device to be announced early in 2010 with the tablet entering mass production as early as February.
post #2 of 174
You can look view the history of this domain here: http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.iSlate.com

Crap name for a gadget though.

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post #3 of 174
Sounds plausible.

The device may need a game changing name to separate it from other tablets that are soon to appear. Since someone owns, and has heavily protected, the ISLATE name since 2006 with the various worldwide trademark offices and domain registries, it could likely be Apple.
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Records show that Apple has owned the iSlate.com domain name since 2007, indicating a possible name for the company's much-rumored tablet device.

In October, Bill Keller, executive editor at the New York Times, made mention of an "impending Apple slate" during a presentation to the newspaper's digital staff:

"We need to figure out the right journalistic product to deliver to mobile platforms and devices. I'm hoping we can get the newsroom more actively involved in the challenge of delivering our best journalism in the form of Times Reader, iPhone apps, WAP, or the impending Apple slate, or whatever comes after that."


For once, it looks like the New York Times knew what it was talking about!

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post #5 of 174
So it's going to be a rock?
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Really don't like the name. I think it really is a very......Microsoft......Google.....bleh, sort of name. Kind of like a technical person trying fruitlessly to make themselves relevant to the public. I'm not sure how Steve feels about reusing a product name, but iBook definitely seems like the most probable choice. Hmph, I guess we'll see on January 26. (I hope)
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Really don't like the name. I think it really is a very......Microsoft......Google.....bleh, sort of name. Kind of like a technical person trying fruitlessly to make themselves relevant to the public. I'm not sure how Steve feels about reusing a product name, but iBook definitely seems like the most probable choice, and my personal favorite. Hmph, I guess we'll see on January 26. (I hope)

But the fact that www.ibook.com is owned by someone else and active would indicate you are not going to get your choice.
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But the fact that www.ibook.com is owned by someone else and active would indicate you are not going to get your choice.

The website has a listing which puts its oldest patent at 2002, and the name they have is only the website. Apple evidently does not own www.macbook.com either. The name copyright for portable electronics, I would assume, is owned by Apple, who debuted the iBook laptop in 1998 and released it in 1999. I think Apple may just be covering their bases.
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So it's going to be a rock?

This is exactly why I don't like this name. It suggests something primitive.
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post #10 of 174
Please stop linking everything to the rumored tablet. We have been hearing about this tablet since before the iPhone and still nothing and it is getting silly and boring. Apple may or may not release a tablet and until they do it is not a really important.

"Apple believed to have bought a nuclear reactor indicating a possible use in the company's much-rumored tablet device."
post #11 of 174
I'm not keen on the name but Apple products tend to have names that let you know what the product is right away.

Aperture = something to do with a camera
Final Cut = film
iphoto = photo sorting
itunes = music
imovie = movie editor
Finder = file browser
spotlight = search
Qmaster = batch file queue
automator = programmable workflow to automate tasks
compressor = video encoding
front row = media center
expose = overview of current windows
Motion = motion graphics
iphone = a phone

ipod I guess isn't particularly descriptive but from hearing islate, you'd know right away what it was from the context. I personally prefer ipad. www.ipad.com looks like it's been privately registered too.

The Newton was called the MessagePad plus ipod, ipad, iphone, they all fit together:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ap...and_iPhone.jpg
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iMagine?

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post #13 of 174
Come read articles about and discuss the apple tablet with others at www.appleislate.com
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RECORDS do not indicate that Apple owns iSlate.

RECORDS indicate that a domain holding company and an attorney that Apple sometimes work with owns the name iSlate.

If we're being accurate, and all.
post #15 of 174
Apple also owns iDillweed.com.
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Crap name for a gadget though.

Not found of the name but I think iPod is a dumb name, too. As a stock holder I want a good name as that does help sell a product, but ultimately I dont care what they call it so long as its a useful product.


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RECORDS do not indicate that Apple owns iSlate.

RECORDS indicate that a domain holding company and an attorney that Apple sometimes work with owns the name iSlate.

If we're being accurate, and all.

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post #17 of 174
When I see the name iPad I get the mental picture of an Apple designed feminine hygiene product. Yech, maybe this comes form living in a house with 4 women but still not a name I would choose.
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post #18 of 174
Fooking LAME-
I love my iPhone but hate the lame name. Innovation does not apply to Apple names i.e. The Magic Mouse. Puke
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When I see the name iPad I get the mental picture of an Apple designed feminine hygiene product. Yech, maybe this comes form living in a house with 4 women but still not a name I would choose.

Are you talking Kotex? Just say it mate.
post #20 of 174
It all makes perfect sense... better that apple's new kick arse product IS LATE, than never exists...
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I think it's a brilliant name. 'Slate' has so many rich, varied meanings related to the functionality of the tablet that is being rumored.

See http://thesaurus.reference.com/browse/slate

My only concern is that there is going to be a lawsuit from slate.com about name confusion, and that could slow things down. (I vaguely recall that iPhone was the object of a similar lawsuit?).
post #22 of 174
doesn't apple still also own 'mammals.org'?

this 'discovery' could be totally meaningless.
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I always thought iPal would be good. Though they would have to talk to tivoli audio about it.
Better, I think, is Pal, or Palette, which is more tasteful (ha) and is an artist's tool, is sort of french, which apple seems to like, etc.
I agree that isLate will not work.
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Originally Posted by Mr Underhill View Post

... Crap name for a gadget though. ...

Yeah. As much as I've been in favour of "iBook," I was thinking it was almost certain that they would go with "iPad."

You have to go back a hundred years or more for "slates" to be in use and I would bet not many people alive today even know the history of the term. Jobs must think this thing is the cat's pyjamas to reach so far back in history for such an iconic name.
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You can look view the history of this domain here: http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.iSlate.com

Crap name for a gadget though.

I suspect that the name will end up being more like the ipod slate (to signify that it is using the iphone/pod OS and not the mac one) rather than just the islate.

but we shall see
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I think it's a brilliant name. 'Slate' has so many rich, varied meanings related to the functionality of the tablet that is being rumored.

See http://thesaurus.reference.com/browse/slate

My only concern is that there is going to be a lawsuit from slate.com about name confusion, and that could slow things down. (I vaguely recall that iPhone was the object of a similar lawsuit?).

Slate is a type of rock or a flat piece of this rock used for roofing and stuff.

1.\ta fine-grained rock formed by the metamorphosis of clay, shale, etc., that tends to split along parallel cleavage planes, usually at an angle to the planes of stratification.
2.\ta thin piece or plate of this rock or a similar material, used esp. for roofing or as a writing surface.
3.\ta dull, dark bluish gray.
4.\ta list of candidates, officers, etc., to be considered for nomination, appointment, election, or the like.
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Slate is a type of rock or a flat piece of this rock used for roofing and stuff.

1.\ta fine-grained rock formed by the metamorphosis of clay, shale, etc., that tends to split along parallel cleavage planes, usually at an angle to the planes of stratification.
2.\ta thin piece or plate of this rock or a similar material, used esp. for roofing or as a writing surface.
3.\ta dull, dark bluish gray.
4.\ta list of candidates, officers, etc., to be considered for nomination, appointment, election, or the like.

Rich? Lol
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Originally Posted by benny-boy View Post

I always thought iPal would be good. Though they would have to talk to tivoli audio about it.
Better, I think, is Pal, or Palette, which is more tasteful (ha) and is an artist's tool, is sort of french, which apple seems to like, etc.
I agree that isLate will not work.

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Slate is a type of rock or a flat piece of this rock used for roofing and stuff.

1.\ta fine-grained rock formed by the metamorphosis of clay, shale, etc., that tends to split along parallel cleavage planes, usually at an angle to the planes of stratification.
2.\ta thin piece or plate of this rock or a similar material, used esp. for roofing or as a writing surface.
3.\ta dull, dark bluish gray.
4.\ta list of candidates, officers, etc., to be considered for nomination, appointment, election, or the like.

Why not take a look at the Thesaurus link I provided -- it is much more than the above. It has quite a wide-ranging set of meanings. (It is not accidental that one of the very early, influential and intellectually weighty web publications was called "slate.com").
post #30 of 174
Why not iEtchASketch?
post #31 of 174
iSlate, meaning "my rock"


Means it will be dull and non-glossy, no glare and reflections to give me eyestrain and headaches.



I like it.


Comes with a chisel and a hammer I assume.
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post #32 of 174
iSlate?.... Umm................. no.

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I think it's a brilliant name. 'Slate' has so many rich, varied meanings related to the functionality of the tablet that is being rumored.

See http://thesaurus.reference.com/browse/slate

My only concern is that there is going to be a lawsuit from slate.com about name confusion, and that could slow things down. (I vaguely recall that iPhone was the object of a similar lawsuit?).

Slate would be better
post #34 of 174
Worst. Name. Ever.

"Mac touch" is vastly superior.
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iSlate?.... Umm................. no.

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post #36 of 174
Slate is both a verb and a noun. Their figurative and proper meanings are right on target for a 'back to the Future' universal interactive medium. It's a shout out to its intended aims as crystal clear as one would and could project it to be.
It is ''2001, a space Odyssey'' levitating off those rectangular hard rock scribbling tablet of years gone by. Solid, age old, down to earth right hand man, alter ego, the 21st century Edition .
Powerful evocative stuff indeed.
If youre looking for a clean slate here, there you go; no pod, Mac, Book, phone, Newton need apply!

iSlate sounds awfully like isolate, doesnt it ? Perfect. It enhances the prefix i, first person singular, as in im in control of what i do, i create, i copy, i write, i read, i draught, etc and im in control of what i want to share with you. It empowers big time.

Slip of the tongue anyone? iState is immensely more likely to be heard across the board than iSlut; a consonna begs to differ, a vowell stands to simmer...

The dye is cast i reckon !
post #37 of 174
iSlate,

Of course, after Apple (and it's free media sources) advertise the fscking hell out of iSlate and it becomes a common household world, then people will drool the second iSlate is mentioned, like a conditioned dog.

Bookmark this thread, it will be interesting to read these comments a couple of years from now.


iSlate

say it with me

iSlate

I said say iSlate!


We iSlate, you iSlate, everyone iSlates.

Yip, yip, hurrah! iSlate!! *imagine sexy college cheerleaders*


Your now conditioned, your also drooling. Step away from the keyboard.
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Please stop linking everything to the rumored tablet. We have been hearing about this tablet since before the iPhone and still nothing and it is getting silly and boring. Apple may or may not release a tablet and until they do it is not a really important.

"Apple believed to have bought a nuclear reactor indicating a possible use in the company's much-rumored tablet device."

Sweet.

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Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post

I think it's a brilliant name. 'Slate' has so many rich, varied meanings related to the functionality of the tablet that is being rumored.

See http://thesaurus.reference.com/browse/slate

My only concern is that there is going to be a lawsuit from slate.com about name confusion, and that could slow things down. (I vaguely recall that iPhone was the object of a similar lawsuit?).

I would guess that if it's Slate, it would be referred to as Apple Slate, or see below:

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Slate would be better

I think this is one of the best names suggested. I would have suggested "Apple Slate", but the TV device gives yours some amount of precedence.

I think it's unfortunate that it's harder to enforce trademarks on a name unless it's a bastardized word, that has led to lots of product and service names that are starting to get irritating, I also don't like camel case.
post #39 of 174
Doesn't Apple own A LOT of domains? They probably preemptively register every i-something-.com they can.
post #40 of 174
iSlate.. hmmm I like it! Fits with Apple.

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