Many have been wondering what Apple will call the next-generation iPhone. iPhone 5? iPhone 6? iPhone 4G Epic Touch? Or what about “the new iPhone?” After the third-gen iPad, it looks like Apple may be starting to abandon its traditional naming conventions for iOS devices altogether.
Interestingly, Apple has filed a claim with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to gain control of the iPhone5.com domain name.
First noted by Fusible, Apple Computer, Inc. has filed with the WIPO for ownership of the iPhone5.com domain, indicating that the company wants control over the web address. Case number D2012-0951 is currently active between Apple and the WIPO, and Apple is likely to gain control over the domain as it has done with many before. The Cupertino company owns many domains relating to current and unreleased products, including a string of suggestive URLs previously owned by a pornography network.
The domain iPhone4s.com was bought weeks after Apple released the smartphone last October, and iPhone4.com wasn’t owned by Apple until almost a year after the product launched. iPhone6.com, iPhone7.com, etc. are currently not owned by Apple. iPhone5.com is currently hosting a small forum about the rumored device.
What the web has been calling the “iPhone 5’ would actually be Apple’s sixth-generation iPhone. It’s odd for Apple to try and acquire such a high profile domain months before rumors have pegged the next iPhone’s release. We wouldn’t jump to conclusions on this one. If anything, this suggests that the next iPhone won’t be called the “iPhone 5.”