According to Macrumors, in the past week there have been new applications for the iPad trademark in New Zealand and Australia, made by a company registered as IP Application Development. IPad is now widely rumoured to be the name of Apple's new tablet device. A company called Slate Computing (said to be a front company for Apple) registered for the iPad trademark in Canada in July. Similar trademark filings were made in Europe and Hong Kong in the same month.
In the US Fujitsu owns the iPad trademark for handheld computing. Macrumors suggests that this won't stop Apple getting the trademark — as was the case when Apple won the iPhone trademark that was owned by Cisco.
The iSlate trademark was registered back in 2006.
Meanwhile, Kaufman Bros analyst Shaw Wu believes that issues with battery life and durability may necessitate a delay in the launch of any Apple tablet.
He warns that we may see as much as a six month delay before the device hits the shops, somewhat akin to the launch of the original iPhone.
Wu is sure that the Tablet device will be announced at the event on 27 January, however. "From our understanding, it is not intended to replace a Mac but be somewhat of a 'super' iPod touch where video, gaming, web browsing, ebooks and the ability to run multiple apps would be enhanced with the much larger screen," he told Apple Insider.
Wu expects that WiFi is more likely than 3G for network access.