Santa was kind to MacRumors.com, gifting them with discovery that Apple has owned the internet domain name iSlate.com since 2007, though it's been hidden away much of that time:
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.
Hey, didn't Bill Keller, executive editor of the New York times reference an Apple slate two months ago?
“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…”
Hmmm.... TiPb's just been calling it still unannounced device the iTablet, others have called it the iPad, but how does iSlate grab you?