Here's what we know, from MacRumors: last July, Apple dummy corporation Slate Computing, LLC applied for a trademark for "iPad". Similar applications have since been filed in England, Australia and Hong Kong. Also: what a terrible name.
We'd heard rumours of the iPad starting way back in August, when it appeared on a mysterious Border's survey. Since then, though, iSlate has been the frontrunner. But with some of the iPad applications being filed just this week, we may be looking at an awkwardly named tablet device indeed.
The first reactions here at Gizmodo HQ were that it sounded like anything from a feminine hygiene product to a terrible way to nickname your apartment, but it turns out MADtv beat us to the punch: