Apple’s Tablet Has a Name and a Date� Maybe

Apple’s tablet PC has the distinction of being one of 2009 and 2010’s most talked about products without being on the market or even formally announced. Dedicated Apple bloggers have sniffed out the clues and chased down every lead, some of which led down a dead end while others are yet to be proven.

Now it looks like the product is getting closer. An event is scheduled for late next month in San Francisco that may or may not be for Apple and details are coming out of China involving current Apple partners. What can you believe? Hardware Central takes a look.

It may have been Christmas this past week, but Apple rumor mongers weren’t about to sit back and enjoy the egg nog. In the days following gossip that a big announcement was scheduled for San Francisco on January 26, the steady stream of tablet rumors has turned into a torrent.

Over the holiday, a new product name emerged: “iSlate.” The always-enterprising MacRumors site dug up a tidbit that in 2007 Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) bought the domain name before transferring it to a few weeks later. is a company that holds corporate domains to hide their real owners.

Numerous names for the Apple tablet have been floated in recent months, with “iPad” being the most popular, along with the clunky “iTablet.” But this latest moniker is a new one.

The name does match with a tidbit from last October, when New York Times executive editor Bill Keller let the cat out of the bag with this quote: “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…”

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Apple Tablet Rumors Reach Critical Mass

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