MacRumors is continuing their ongoing reporting on the possible name for Apple much-rumored. Previously they had discovered that Apple had filed the proper paperwork for the name “iSlate“, and it is currently believed to be the front-running name for the new device. That said, MacRumors has uncovered new evidence suggesting that Apple will name the […]
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Apple Tablet to be Called iPad?

MacRumors is continuing their ongoing reporting on the possible name for Apple much-rumored. Previously they had discovered that Apple had filed the proper paperwork for the name “iSlate“, and it is currently believed to be the front-running name for the new device.

That said, MacRumors has uncovered new evidence suggesting that Apple will name the new device “iPad” instead. MacRumors has searched the Canadian trademark database, and it reveals that Apple’s dummy corporation, Slate Computing, LLC applied for the trademark for “iPad”, with a broad range of applications. The application was filed in 2009, which is more recent than the iSlate trademark filings of 2006-2007. It doesn’t appear that Apple has filed for the iPad trademark in the States, due to Fujitsu control of it.

Similar patent filings for the iPad name were also filed in Europe and Hong Kong in July. The European patent filing was made through a UK law firm. The Hong Kong filing application came from IP Application Development, LLC located in Delaware.

MacRumors has sources claiming to have insider knowledge of Apple’s plans, say that IP Application Development, LLC has been recently active again in places like New Zealand and Australia. The date on these filings are from Friday, January 15th, 2010.

Notice that the company’s initials are IPAD. MacRumors points out the fact that we can’t directly link IP Application Development, LLC to Apple, but the timing of that company’s application along with the Canadian iPad trademark application seem more than just a coincidence.

iPad could very well be the name of upcoming tablet device, but it just doesn’t feel right to me. Here’s what John Gruber had to say about the matter.

I say no. I guess it’s not a bad name in and of itself, but it sounds and looks way too much like “iPod”. (And for what it’s worth, the “ipad.com” domain name is not registered to MarkMonitor, Apple’s preferred domain registration service.)

Story and image courtesy of MacRumors.

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