What are the apple_logo.pngchances Apple will unveil its mythical tablet (iSlate? Ugh.) in January? Well, according to The Wall Street Journal, which consulted Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, chances are 50%.

According to Munster, “Based on new media reports of trademarks connected to Apple (iSlate, Magic Slate), and our own conversation last week with with a Taiwanese component supplier, we are reaffirming our expectation that Apple will likely ship a tablet device by the end March…We believe there is a 75% chance Apple will host a January event and a 50% chance it will be held to announce the tablet.”

As ever, this is more grist for the rumor mill until something is officially announced (what will we do once they do announce the damn thing? What will we hope for then?), but yesterday’s chatter about the likelihood that Apple will call the device the “iSlate” has got rumors flying hot and heavy again (not that they stopped).