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Old Dec 24, 2009, 10:02 PM   #1
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Apple Purchased iSlate.com in 2007. Apple's New Tablet Called iSlate?



With rumors of the Apple tablet reaching new highs, MacRumors has found evidence of that Apple acquired the domain name iSlate.com presumably in preparation for the new device.

The iSlate.com domain was originally registered in October 2004 by a comany called Eurobox Ltd. It since changed hands to Data Docket, Inc. in 2006. In 2007, however, the domain was transferred to registrar MarkMonitor.com. MarkMonitor handles domain name registrations and trademark protections for many companies including Apple. As typical, however, the name of the actual registrant was initially hidden to obscure the identify of the actual owner. Up until this point, one could still easily dismiss all this as a simple coincidence.

However, after further investigation of the domain name registrant history, it seems Apple's name was temporarily exposed as the actual owner of "iSlate.com" for several weeks in late 2007. It was changed back within a few weeks, but MacRumors has found the historic record proving Apple ownership of the iSlate.com domain:




Historic Whois record for iSlate.com
iSlate.com currently points to no website. Apple is rumored to be announcing an Apple tablet in early 2010 and given this evidence "iSlate" seems a likely candidate for the device's name.

Thanks to Mark Gurman from AppleRejectedMe.com for first pointing us in the direction of iSlate.com


Article Link: Apple Purchased iSlate.com in 2007. Apple's New Tablet Called iSlate?

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Old Dec 24, 2009, 10:04 PM   #2
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Yet more evidence that the Apple Tablet is coming!
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Old Dec 24, 2009, 10:07 PM   #3
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Ugh..

I really hope they don't call it the iSlate...
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Old Dec 24, 2009, 10:07 PM   #4
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Might I be the first to say that is an awful name.
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Old Dec 24, 2009, 10:08 PM   #5
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I hope that really is the name of the tablet..
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Old Dec 24, 2009, 10:10 PM   #6
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The "i" prefix is so worn out.
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Old Dec 24, 2009, 10:10 PM   #7
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iSlate..I don't know..That sounds pretty good, although it also could kinda sound like "iRock" or "iStone" don't want to sound stone age.
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Old Dec 24, 2009, 10:12 PM   #8
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It's better than "iTablet", "MacBook Nano" or recycling "iBook" (there are some of those still in service, after all).

Good scoop, Arn.
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Old Dec 24, 2009, 10:12 PM   #9
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Jason Chen talked about the name 'making sense.' I feel Slate is perfectly applicable. The 'i' makes sense in front of phone but slate should be it's own.

I'd buy a Slate.
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Old Dec 24, 2009, 10:13 PM   #10
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People register domains like it's going out of style. Particularly corporations. Hell, Verizon owns 'verizonsucks.com'. I know people with tiny companies that own dozens of vaguely related domains simply because they don't want a potential competitor or disgruntled customer with ill will to gank it and use it against them. I think Apple owning iSlate.com means very, very little.
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Old Dec 24, 2009, 10:16 PM   #11
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iSlate = is late. Not going to happen.
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Old Dec 24, 2009, 10:18 PM   #12
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WOW, that would be a terrible name.....For anything! And yes the I prefix is getting real old!
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Old Dec 24, 2009, 10:19 PM   #13
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Probably nothing. They needed to protect the i* names for trademark reasons, and registration costs pocket change.
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Old Dec 24, 2009, 10:21 PM   #14
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The editor of the NY Times DID call it the 'Apple Slate'.

They will never get the domain name for slate.com, since that's an on-line magazine (originally started by Microsoft, ironically).

The Apple Slate sounds nice. iSlate just sounds...stupid.
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Old Dec 24, 2009, 10:21 PM   #15
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I think the name Slate is better than iSlate, but whatever. Sounds better than most of the names being tossed around.
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iSlate isn't totally horrible. Would have liked iPad better. It doesn't have the same ring as iPhone. Anyway what's in a name?
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Probably nothing. They needed to protect the i* names for trademark reasons, and registration costs pocket change.

I would agree here, myself. iSlate is still better than iTablet; though either name could be discarded for the better. MacTablet has my vote until I see or hear of a better name.
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Old Dec 24, 2009, 10:23 PM   #18
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Probably nothing. They needed to protect the i* names for trademark reasons, and registration costs pocket change.
well, not if you buy it from an existing owner.

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Old Dec 24, 2009, 10:23 PM   #19
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I'm conflicted on this name. I am hoping that the tablet, if/when released, would be available without contract lock-in. This diminishes my hopes a little bit. I would think that if this was designed as a more fully featured device, it would carry the "Mac" prefix carried by Apple's computing products (with the exception of the iMac, but that's been around for a decade). With this name, my impression is that the tablet might not be as fully featured as I had hoped; it could possibly be sold under a contract plan, as with the iPhone and AT&T. Hopefully this isn't very bad news. Of course, this is all ramblings based off of a domain name registration. Regardless, I'm crossing my fingers.
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I hate the name.

How about an iTab? iTap?

idk, I want it to start with an i prefix with a T immediately following... and maybe it should end in an X?
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Old Dec 24, 2009, 10:28 PM   #21
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I agree.
iDon't...

Look, first it was e, and now it is i. Would you rather it be o?

oPhone
oPod
oMac

Or u?

uPhone
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I would agree here, myself. iSlate is still better than iTablet; though either name could be discarded for the better. MacTablet has my vote until I see or hear of a better name.
Except that from all evidence this is not a Mac though I hope it has more of the capabilities of the Mac OS.
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I'm conflicted on this name. I am hoping that the tablet, if/when released, would be available without contract lock-in. This diminishes my hopes a little bit. I would think that if this was designed as a more fully featured device, it would carry the "Mac" prefix carried by Apple's computing products (with the exception of the iMac, but that's been around for a decade). With this name, my impression is that the tablet might not be as fully featured as I had hoped; it could possibly be sold under a contract plan, as with the iPhone and AT&T. Hopefully this isn't very bad news. Of course, this is all ramblings based off of a domain name registration. Regardless, I'm crossing my fingers.
It just told me that it'll probably be under the "i" family of devices and run iPhone OS (using corresponding hardware) instead of being under the "Mac" family of devices (using corresponding hardware). Agreed that an "i" device won't be as fully featured as a "Mac" device, but I don't think that necessarily means a contract.

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I hate the name.

How about an iTab? iTap?
iTap sounds like an Apple faucet.

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idk, I want it to start with an i prefix with a T immediately following... and maybe it should end in an X?
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I hate the name.

How about an iTab? iTap?

idk, I want it to start with an i prefix with a T immediately following... and maybe it should end in an X?
No, that is almost worse than "i". Apple pulls out the "X" or the word "Pro" whenever some product is too badass/hardcore for an "i"

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Well, I know opinions are like **********, everybody has one lol, but here's mine.

iDon't like it. MacTab or MacAnything would be a better option in my opinion. Then again, I also didn't like the rudimentary "iPhone" when it was announced. For a device that is more than a "phone", I thought iMobile would have been better.
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