That would be so nice:)
A quick search reveals the mark and domain are registered but much earlier than iSlate (which is definitely Apple) and the domain through a different provider. iGuide.com redirects to a video guide but it is not inconceivable that Apple could have ought this out.
Been keeping a close eye on this over the past year. There was a lot of rumour earlier that it might use the new flexible LCD technology so be able to fold like the movie guide but it seems to have settled to an iPod touch-like device with a 10 inch screen.
Most believable version I've seen:
(although obviously Photoshopped from an iPhone)
Big question is where they will pitch it price-wise.
They have moved the cheapest Macbook up to the $1000 mark to leave room but they are trying to offer something that competes with everything from the Kindle at $250 to high-end Netbooks in the $500-$700 price range. They also need to keep a big distance between it and the iTouch and iPhone
The "Apple effect" will allow them a premium but I wonder how big?
My guess is $599 or $649 for the basic one up to $799 for one with bigger SD drive.
One site I read thought it would include the option of an inbuilt 3g dongle and they would be available thru cellphone providers at discount rates with a year or two contract. If that is the case, I think it will sell very will and be, as near as damn it, the guide Douglas envisaged!
They are certainly banking on it being a success - one site quoted the Capex budget for development, production and distribution set-up as $1.2bn, higher than any previous Apple product.