The Wall Street Journal is wading into that whole Apple iTablet/iSlate thing, saying:

Looking to build on the momentum of its iPhone and iPod, Apple Inc. will unveil a new multimedia tablet device later this month, but isn't planning to ship the product until March, say people briefed by the company.

Now for the weird part:

Apple was working on two different material finishes for the device, one of these people said, though it was unclear whether the Cupertino, Calif., company was just testing the finishes or planning to come out with multiple versions of a tablet at different prices.

Plastic vs. unibody aluminum? Black vs. white Plastic? Adamantium vs. unobtainium? They care nothing about further elaboration, so we're left to wonder.

Still rumors of tentative schedules and obscure design elements is something, right?

[Wall Street Journal via Daring Fireball]