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Apple wants to own the iphone5.com domain name

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Apple wants to own the iphone5.com domain name
Let's say that it is a boring Monday afternoon, and for grins and giggles, you decide to visit a totally random web site. How about iphone5.com – what could hide behind this speculative URL? Well, nothing but a small forum with discussions about the next iPhone iteration, as we discovered after opening it.

However, the maker of the iPhone is not too happy about a third party owning the aforementioned domain name. In fact, Apple has filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and will likely acquire the iphone5.com domain name in the near future. 

Now, one way to interpret this is that the successor to the iPhone 4S will be known as the iPhone 5. However, that doesn't seem very likely to us. After all, given that what we expected to be called the iPad 3 is now humbly known as the new iPad, the next iPhone will probably be marketed simply as the new iPhone.

It seems like once again, Apple is just hunting down domain names mentioning the iPhone, but owned by third party companies. That is likely done in order to eliminate confusion among consumers. That is why if you visit iphone4.com, for example, you will end up on Apple's web page dedicated to the iPhone 4S, and not on some shady web store selling iPhone cases. 

The forum is still active at the moment, but that might change after the WIPO states its final word on the case. As for the name of the next iPhone, that will most likely remain a mystery until the device is officially announced.

source: WIPO via AppleInsider

Apple is attempting to acquire the iphone5.com domain name

Apple is attempting to acquire the iphone5.com domain name


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posted on 07 May 2012, 03:51 35

1. iShepherd (Posts: 38; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I have iphone5sucks.com if Apple is interested.

posted on 07 May 2012, 12:03

10. paulislegend (Posts: 38; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)


oh burrrrrrnnnn!!!

posted on 07 May 2012, 04:18 1

2. Azure01 (Posts: 126; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Well of course they'll win but do have to file complaints/ law suits every week? Sheesh. And isn't the new iPad called the iPad HD?

posted on 07 May 2012, 05:15 2

3. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Can't blame Apple for this as there are many porn websites making use of iPhone name like to drive user to their site. That's a problem. Perhaps a business image problem for Apple.

posted on 07 May 2012, 05:20 1

4. wendygarett (unregistered)


Is Apple create this website to hype some sheep?
Sorry, you cant fool me twice :)

posted on 07 May 2012, 06:07 2

5. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


The should have to pay for it. If your confused your an idiot. If you go to iPhone5 and go to the forum expecting to buy the iPhone five your an idiot. If your expecting news about it then there you go. Apple is just so controlling to have every name that has iPhone in it. They could get creative and stop putting I in front of every product. I would rather call it the Apple phone, or Or just Apple. The only reason I do support them is because there an American tech company, but just barely I believe most of the effort behind it is over in china.

posted on 07 May 2012, 06:09 1

6. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 966; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


http://www.iphone5.com/threads/apple-are-after-you.53/#post-214

posted on 07 May 2012, 07:38 2

7. mercorp (Posts: 969; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


www.Galaxy sIII pwns iphone 5.com
Is samsung wanting to get this domain?

posted on 07 May 2012, 08:48 1

8. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


I'm going to registerwww.newiphone.com,www.iphone5s.com,www.iphone6.com etc........ :)
and I thinkwww.bringinnovativefeature2iphone.com might already be owned by sum other person............. :)

posted on 07 May 2012, 08:54 2

9. -box- (Posts: 3786; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


If I were them, I'd revamp the main part of the website to make it about honing one's intellectual property, thus, IPHone5.com. Then apple can just eat it or try to buy it.

posted on 07 May 2012, 12:40 3

11. bvalde09 (Posts: 172; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Why Apple does not buy the domain? Just pay the guy his money damnnnn

posted on 11 May 2012, 18:58

12. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6428; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Apple wants to own and control every market as long they get billion of cash in their greedy ass pockets. who cares

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 02:29

13. mandymandy (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


The WIPO case status is now "Terminated"
http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/case.jsp?case_id=23709

And the domain registrant is now Apple Inc.

Does it mean Apple buy the domain finially?

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