Apple Wants To Own iPhone5.com

Apple Wants To Own iPhone5.com

What will Apple call the next iPhone?

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.”

  • mr_bee

    Meaningless.  Apple owns a lot of domains like that (similar but not exactly a product name), and it has no bearing on whether they actually use the name or not.  They buy them to stop other people from using them.  

  • lukaskasa

    what about iPad.com?

  • Tallest_Skil

    So Apple wants to own a domain about the iPhone that was released last October. Big deal.

  • ApplePr0n

    @Tallest_Skil. You REALLY don’t like people calling the next iPhone the 5 do you haha. But this could be a sign, but may just be a whole lot of smoke

  • technochick

    Meaningless.  Apple owns a lot of domains like that (similar but not exactly a product name), and it has no bearing on whether they actually use the name or not.  They buy them to stop other people from using them.  

    correct. it’s called protecting their trademark. 

  • technochick

    what about iPad.com?

    Apple doesn’t own the rights to the name for every possible use. Only tech ones. from the photo on the site it is possible that it could be related to something else like say architecture. In which case Apple has no claim. 

  • zoomos

    I’m loving that iphone design, looks pretty cool

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